UGS Cuts Cost With Sun Solaris 10 Server Consolidation

With Solaris(TM) 10 Containers UGS Effectively Manages Consolidation of Sun SPARC(TM) and AMD Opteron(TM) Processor-Based Sun Fire(TM) Servers

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) today announced that UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, chose Sun to consolidate its servers in a virtualized environment to increase efficiency and flexibility, and reduce operational costs. UGS is leveraging the unique Solaris(TM) Containers inherent in the Sun Solaris(TM) 10 Operating System (OS) as a key component of its IT virtualization strategy. Utilizing Sun Fire V440 servers with SPARC(TM) processors and "Galaxy" Sun Fire X4200 servers powered by AMD Opteron(TM) processors, UGS has created a grid that allows the company to easily deploy, isolate and move applications in order to optimally prepare and respond to business cycle-induced surges in demand.

"By adding Solaris 10 Containers to our Unix environments, we have created a reliable, powerful and cost effective platform for our applications. This provides us exceptional flexibility in load-balancing that has increased our server utilization by 25 percent," said Nick Ritter, manager of System Engineering, UGS. "Solaris' open nature allows us to maximize the operating system, regardless of the underlying hardware."

Running mySAP(TM) CRM, SAP ERP Core Component and SAP(R) Enterprise Portal, UGS' data center required flexibility and high performance to meet peak usage times such as at the end of each month, quarter and year. After implementing the new Sun solution in less than 90 days, Sun's innovations -- particularly the Solaris Containers, Sun's Solaris 10 OS virtual partitioning technology-surpassed UGS' expectations.

"The ability to provide a nearly unlimited number of OS instances on any server running Solaris 10 OS means that Sun customers can safely and securely consolidate thousands of applications on to a single system," said Chris Ratcliffe, director, Solaris Marketing, Sun Microsystems. "With over 57 performance world records on SPARC and AMD Opteron processor-based servers to its credit, Solaris 10 OS is providing customers like UGS with the ability to deliver unmatched performance and flexibility in their data centers without the need to purchase specialized hardware or applications."

About UGS

UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly 4 million licensed seats and 46,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, UGS' vision is to enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through global innovation networks to deliver world-class products and services while leveraging UGS' open enterprise solutions, fulfilling the mission of enabling them to transform their process of innovation.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

A singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer"(TM) -- guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world's most important markets. Sun's philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at

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Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Sun Fire, Solaris and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. AMD and AMD Opteron are trademarks or registered trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices.

    Mark Richardson
    Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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