Global Customers Choose Sun Microsystems In Fiscal Q3

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- During its quarterly earnings call Sun Microsystems Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) profiled some of the hundreds of new and current customers that chose Sun products in its fiscal third quarter. Demonstrating continued market momentum in core industries such as financial services and telecommunications, customers are rapidly adopting the Solaris(TM) 10 Operating System (OS), Sun Java(TM) Enterprise System, Sun storage products, and Sun's comprehensive line of industry-standard Sun Fire(TM) servers.

"As customers turn to the network for competitive advantage and business efficiency, they continue turning to Sun for innovations that truly deliver," said Jonathan Schwartz, CEO and president of Sun Microsystems. "From Solaris 10 to our newest Sun Fire servers, from our newest StorageTek offerings to the ever popular Java platform, the industry is consolidating to a smaller number of platform providers -- and we're pleased to have the support of leading customers around the world."

Recent customers worldwide that have signed with Sun include:

Arcis Corporation

Arcis Corporation, a provider of seismic solutions for Canada's energy industry, chose a combination of Sun Microsystems servers and software to address its needs for faster and more effective compute-intensive systems for processing large, structurally complex seismic data volumes. Arcis provides a wide spectrum of 2D and 3D seismic data processing services for domestic and international markets that help customers minimize the risks associated with drilling while reducing exploration and development costs. In February, Arcis implemented a new system consisting of multiple 32 node, Dual-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor-powered Sun Fire servers running the Solaris 10 OS to make good on its commitment to continually invest in research and development, and state-of-the-art technology.

Bank of America

Bank of America is committed to using technology to reduce the company's impact on the environment, particularly in the area of energy consumption. It recently added the Sun Fire T2000 server running the Solaris 10 OS as one piece of this commitment. "We at Bank of America are doing our part by selecting environmentally friendly products such as the Sun Fire T2000 server. These servers utilize less space and consume much less energy while delivering significantly improved performance," said Don Obert, chief technology officer, Bank of America. "Taking advantage of this opportunity to do what is right for the environment while at the same time improving our customers' experience is the perfect combination for us."

Beijing University

Beijing University, one of China's top two academic institutions, purchased Sun Microsystems technologies to provide single sign-on access for its students and staff. Citing Sun's identity management leadership in the education space, Beijing University will implement Sun Java System Identity Manager, running on Sun Fire servers based on UltraSPARC T1 processors.

CD02

London-based CD02 is offering its financial risk simulation software, CDOSheet, as a service to customers via the Sun Grid Compute Utility. With the new solution, CD02 can provide customers with exceptional ease-of-use, high performance (transactions from hours to minutes), and multiple security layers that protect sensitive financial data. Additionally, the Sun Grid Compute Utility establishes an affordable scalability model, allowing CD02 to expand its business without investing in costly infrastructure before it is needed.

CEC Entertainment

CEC Entertainment, Inc. selected Sun Microsystems to upgrade and expand its disk environment to support its 475 company operated Chuck E. Cheese's family restaurant/entertainment centers. Citing Sun's superior solution, affordable price and flexibility, CEC Entertainment is leveraging Sun to meet iSCSI and SAN support requirements, believing the NAS Gateway is the best possible solution for the task. CEC Entertainment also chose Sun for its future growth support, overall excellent service and redundancy and high availability in the Sun data management technology.

China Netcom Group Co. Ltd.

China Netcom Group Co. Ltd. (CNC) selected Sun Microsystems services and technologies to help better serve its 135 million customer base, especially senior customers using its Sun-based VIP Customer Video Monitoring System. CNC is one of the country's largest telecommunications providers and one of the two Beijing telephone infrastructure providers for the 2008 Summer Olympics. The company is working with Sun Microsystems to migrate from Linux to the Solaris 10 OS running on Sun Fire servers powered by AMD Opteron processors and Sun StorageTek technologies.

Choice Hotels

Sun has provided a rock solid computing platform for Choice Hotels International for the last ten years and a recent implementation of the Java Enterprise System (Java ES) marks the latest milestone in the relationship. Running on the reliable, robust and flexible Sun hardware infrastructure, Java ES adds a great deal of value to Choice with functionalities such as calendar, email, directory and identity management. The cost-effective technology will help improve communication, access control and user provisioning of the affiliated hotel chains' employees, as well as host the company's public web sites.

Clark County School District

The Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada, selected Sun Microsystems, in conjunction with Sun partner The Root Group, to implement a new, integrated and Sun-based SAP ERP system designed to deliver increased flexibility and capabilities. Sun Client Solutions is providing on-site engineering support, building the clusters for the system, and assisting with the migration of incumbent applications from an IBM Mainframe using a Sun Mainframe Migration Solution. The new platform is based on the Solaris 10 OS running on Sun Fire servers with UltraSPARC processors, and attached to a Sun StorageTek tape library. Sun support and training services are also included in the deal. The Clark County School District is the fifth largest and fastest growing school district in the U.S. and currently serves over 293,000 students.

EFG Eurobank Ergasias

EFG Eurobank Ergasias, one of the leading banks in Greece, selected Sun Microsystems to deploy an identity management solution to more easily manage its user population. Leveraging the Sun Java Identity Management Suite, Eurobank is in the process of implementing an identity management solution to more efficiently manage user access and authorization across multiple information systems via a standardized and automated manner.

Fox Television Stations Inc.

Fox Television Stations, Inc. selected Sun Microsystems' Solaris 10 OS, servers, storage and services to power its new centralized sales, traffic and programming management system. The new Sun-based system is replacing stand-alone solutions running on IBM AS400 servers so Fox can more effectively monitor and manage the entire business process, from sales to billing, for all revenue streams.

Frontier Communications

Frontier Communications, a subsidiary of Citizens Communications Company, selected Sun as its provider for IT Operations Services. The five-year contract will provide Frontier with mainframe, midrange and storage support services from Sun. The agreement will provide Frontier with efficiencies through a combination of server consolidation, maintenance consolidation and remote monitoring and management services. As a result, Frontier Communications, one of the nation's largest independent communication services providers, is reducing the number of its servers by more than half and migrating to Sun Fire servers powered by the Solaris 10 OS. By reducing server complexity and assigning IT operations management to Sun Management Services, Frontier can dedicate its resources to providing better customer service while decreasing time-to-market for new services.

Geisinger Health System

Geisinger Health System selected Sun to power several major components of its Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) in Pennsylvania, designed to help improve patient safety and quality of care, increase efficiency and reduce costs. The Geisinger RHIO will initially connect three area hospitals, enabling them to electronically share health information and laboratory results, with a planned expansion to up to eight additional health systems within three years. Geisinger's ultimate goal is to join with other statewide RHIOs to form a larger coalition that will eventually connect into the National Health Information Network (NHIN). Regional networks are considered a critical step in developing the NHIN -- a primary goal of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and many Congressional leaders.

Geojit Financial Services

Geojit Financial Services, India's leading financial services company and operator of India's first online trading system, will use Sun's Solaris OS, Sun Fire servers, Sun Cluster and Java System Web Server to power Mercury Online, a new online trading system. With Mercury Online, Geojit now offers a whole host of online services via a highly flexible trading and settlement system over the Internet, allowing customers to trade effectively and efficiently.

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