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Sun Microsystems Reasserts Strategy of Providing the Solaris Operating Environment for Intel Processors.

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, Calif., Feb. 29 /PRNewswire/ --

In response to market demand for its free Solaris(TM) licensing programs and its OEMs reconfirming interest, Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW SUNW Sun Microsystems, Inc (former stock symbol; now JAVA)
SUNW Stanford University Network Workstation (Sun Microsystems, Inc) 
) today reaffirmed its commitment to provide versions of its highly reliable, available and scalable Solaris Operating Environment for systems using Intel microprocessors.

Sun intends for the dotcom-grade Solaris Operating Environment to continue its support for Intel's current IA-32 platform-based processors and will extend support for the emerging IA-64 platform-based offerings, Itanium and beyond. Sun will bring its .com-grade operating environment to companies that choose Intel processors and want the reliability, availability and scalability that only Solaris software provides.

Sun currently bundles Oracle8i Enterprise Database and Apache Web Server See Apache.  with Solaris, and will continue to do so with Solaris on Itanium, giving dot-com applications an extremely powerful transaction platform.

"Sun and Intel have OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) The rebranding of equipment and selling it. The term initially referred to the company that made the products (the "original" manufacturer), but eventually became widely used to refer to the organization that buys the products and  customers who have made a significant investment in Solaris as their operating environment for the IA-64 architecture. Sun is fully committed to working with Intel to ensure the success of our joint customers," said Anil Gadre, Sun's Solaris Software vice president and general manager. "The market is speaking clearly and strongly for free Solaris for Intel. Demand for our free Solaris on Intel program is high and our Solaris OEMs have reaffirmed to us their commitment to offer the Solaris Operating Environment on their IA-64-based systems."

"Data Warehousing is a key solution for NCR (NCR Corporation, Dayton, OH, A technology company specializing in financial terminal transactions, retail systems and data warehousing. Until the late 1990s, NCR was heavily invested in the hardware side of the industry, known worldwide as a major manufacturer of computers ," said Marty Seyer, Vice President of NCR's eBusiness Solutions Group. "We have worked and continue to work very closely with Sun on Solaris for Intel to ensure that Solaris provides the high availability and data center reliability required for Teradata Data Warehousing Solutions on Intel's 64-bit platforms."

"Fujitsu is fully committed to supporting Solaris on the Intel platform," said Shu Hiraki, General Manager of Fujitsu Software Group. "Solaris' numerous advanced features, including scalability and reliability, give us a competitive advantage in building enterprise-ready solutions."

Sun plans to have the Solaris 8 operating environment ready to support the Itanium-based platforms when they become available. Solaris has already demonstrated success in early testing by being the first operating system to run on the Itanium simulator environment. Furthermore, in October, Solaris was able to successfully boot on an Itanium-based system at an Intel development lab.

Sun's strategy remains to leverage its 64-bit Solaris Operating Environment for Intel's IA-64 processor. The Solaris Application Programming Interface (API) and Device Driver Interface (DDI ddI and ddC: see AZT. ) are common across all Solaris platforms, meaning that ISVs that develop 64-bit applications today on Solaris (SPARC (Scalable Performance ARChitecture) A family of RISC CPUs from Sun that runs mostly under Sun's Solaris, but also under Linux and BSD operating systems. After development began in the mid-1980s by David Patterson of the University of California at Berkeley and Bill (TM) Platform Edition) can easily migrate these same applications to the Itanium platform by simply recompiling their application or driver. Additionally, Solaris 8 offers investment protection for applications on current IA-32 platforms that can run on tomorrow's IA-64 platforms without the need for recompiling or modification.

In addition, because of the Java(tm) platform's promise of "Write Once, Run Anywhere(TM)," ISVs with products developed based upon Java technology can redeploy re·de·ploy  
tr.v. re·de·ployed, re·de·ploy·ing, re·de·ploys
1. To move (military forces) from one combat zone to another.

 applications on different Solaris Operating Environment editions with a minimum of modifications.

Also, the Sun WorkShop(TM) development products provide a consistent software development environment across all platforms which utilize the Solaris Operating Environment, delivering constant reliability and ease-of-use for developers.

About Solaris on Intel's Itanium Processor

More information about Solaris on Itanium can be found on the World Wide Web at .

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- The Network Is The Computer -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to dot-com their businesses. With $13 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at .

NOTE: Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, HotJava, Java, Write Once, Run Anywhere, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. All SPARC trademarks are used under license and are trademarks or registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc. Netscape Navigator is a trademark or registered trademark of Netscape Communications Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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