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Sun Microsystems and The Baan Company Ease Implementation of Business-Critical Applications for Middle-Tier Market.

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 22, 1998--

Sun Announces New Global Program to Deliver Pre-Configured ERP Solutions

Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced a new program aimed at the high growth market of small to medium-sized enterprises that will deliver enterprise-class benefits and more streamlined implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). The new program brings the best features of the popular Sun (TM) Enterprise (TM) server line such as scalability, price/performance and Reliability, Availability and Serviceability (RAS) together with Baan's expertise in ERP solutions to the middle-tier market.

This new program offers pre-configured and pre-tested Sun Enterprise 450 workgroup servers in five different configurations with Sun's Solaris (TM) operating environment, Sun's award-winning Solstice (TM) system management software, Baan's ERP software, and either the Informix or Oracle database. Additionally, SunSpectrum (SM) Platinum (SM) service may be purchased through Sun and Baan distributors, and will be delivered by SunService.

Pre-configured Systems

The Sun Enterprise 450 server's balanced architecture is ideal for mid-tier ERP applications. A high-performance symmetric multi-processing (SMP) system, the Sun Enterprise 450 server combines power, storage capacity, fast I/O throughput and exceptional network I/O speed all at competitive PC server pricing. With this system, Sun has extended its enterprise expertise down to the workgroup -- offering customers a reliable and secure platform for deploying business-critical applications at the workgroup.

The preconfigured systems include BMC Software, Inc.'s PATROL Management Suite of products that automate and centralize the control of all the critical elements in distributed application management: data, databases, servers, middleware, applications, networks and server hardware. The PATROL management software for Baan enterprise applications provides proactive monitoring and management of Baan applications, the underlying database, operating systems and network. Applications included in the pre-configured systems will allow for high availability, ease of manageability and performance optimization for their business-critical BaanERP applications running on Sun systems.

These pre-configured systems will be offered internationally through participating distributors and resellers, beginning immediately in the U.S., in Europe within the next 30 days, and throughout the Far East by Fall 1998. Pricing for the preconfigured systems begins at $150,000 (U.S. list).

Sun and Baan Sign First Middle-Tier Market Distributor

Ingram Micro, Inc. recently announced it will be the first distributor authorized to offer these pre-configured solutions supplying systems in the U.S. to resellers servicing the small to medium enterprise. Ingram Micro will help Sun's authorized resellers minimize complexity of implementing enterprise software, through its pre-configured and pre-tested solutions, sizing services and financing options.

"Sun and Baan are leveraging the same hardware, software and service solutions that run in the largest Baan enterprise implementations today -- and are making the same enterprise benefits such as scalability and reliability available now to small and medium-sized companies globally," said Joe Roebuck, senior vice president at Sun Microsystems Computer Company. "Sun's robust platform along with the BaanERP solution is ideally matched to capture this growing middle-tier market."

"We see a rapidly increasing number of our customers, particularly in the middle-tier market, who require the outstanding scalability and price/performance that Sun systems deliver to support their BaanERP applications," said Ulf Claesson, vice president of global channels at The Baan Company. "This new program with Sun will enable Baan to reduce implementation complexity and increase customer value, and thus allow our mutual customers to focus more on business issues and less on implementing IT systems."

Sun and Baan Certification

All of the preconfigured systems offered by the participating distributors, integrators and VARs will begin a certification process at the new Sun and Baan Enterprise Solution Centers (ESCs) located around the world and will be trained by Sun and Baan. All certified systems are thoroughly sized and tested to meet or exceed customer requirements including:

-- addressing a set of user requirements, such as workload and number of users;

-- checking for software compatibility and performance;

-- installing the Solaris operating environment, Solstice (TM) system management software, Baan business solutions, selected middleware and database software; and

-- Quality Assurance testing.

For more information about the Sun and Baan middle-tier market program contact Ingram Micro at 1-800-456-8000 extension 24505.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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 $9 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 150 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://www.sun.com.

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