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SUN AND IBM SIGN TECHNOLOGY CO-DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT.

IBM and Sun Microsystems have signed a technology co-development agreement for SAP customers aimed at expanding their respective markets. SAP customers who prefer both the DB2 Universal Database and Sun Enterprise servers will no longer have to choose between them.

This agreement includes the following:

* Companies selecting a Sun server like the Sun Enterprise 10000 system as the R/3 database server may now choose IBM'S DB2 Universal Database.

* IBM S/390 customers running DB2 can now employ Sun servers as their R/3 application server.

* Sun, IBM and SAP have embarked on a development project to enable DB2 to run with SAP Business Information Warehouse (BW) on Sun systems.

"DB2 Universal Database is the foundation for e-business applications such as ERP and Business Intelligence. Today's announcement with Sun provides SAP and Sun customers the option of running these business critical applications on the world's most scalable, secure, and reliable database platform, DB2," said Janet Perna, general manager, Data Management, IBM Software Solutions.

"This makes good business sense for a company looking to leverage its DB2 investment while choosing scalable Sun Enterprise servers to run SAP R/3 software," said Doug Kaewert, vice president of market development for Sun Microsystems, Inc. "SAP customers now have the choice of running SAP R/3 solutions on Sun servers while storing their data in DB2 on either Sun Solaris(TM) operating environments or OS/390 systems. R/3 DB2 users can now take advantage of the reliability, availability and scalability of Sun's servers and Sun StorEdge(TM) systems from workgroups to the most demanding data centers."

The first configuration, IBM's DB2 database with the SAP R/3 application, both on Sun's Solaris platform, is scheduled for planned first availability in May. The second configuration with DB2 for OS/390 database server and R/3 application servers on Sun systems is scheduled for planned first availability in September. The third configuration of DB2 with BW on the Sun(TM) platform will be released according to SAP's schedule for release of BW version 2.0.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc. Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision, "The Network Is The Computer(TM)" has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of high quality hardware, software and services for establishing enterprise wide intranets and expanding the power of the Internet. With more than $11 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 150 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com.

About IBM

IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM's Global Industries division works with companies around the world to deploy the full range of IBM technologies to address specific business needs. Its IBM Global ERP Solutions unit works with all leading ERP vendors to maximize project benefits and reduce time to their realization. The fastest way to get more information about IBM is through the IBM home page at http://www.ibm.com.

For more information, call 914-642-5449.
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