Sun Announces One Million Solaris 10 Licenses Distributed in First Two Months of Availability

Solaris 10 Sets Fourteen New World-Record Benchmarks

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Mar. 28, 2005 - Underscoring the tremendous demand for the most-advanced operating system in the industry, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) today announced that it has distributed more than one million registered licenses for the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) since Jan. 31, when the software became available on Sun's Web site. Sun also announced that the Solaris 10 OS has set fourteen world-record benchmarks in this same timeframe and demonstrated application performance improvements greater than 50 times that of previous versions of Solaris.

"The interest in Solaris 10 has exceeded our highest expectations - this is a significant milestone for Sun," said Tom Goguen, vice president, Operating Platforms Group, Sun Microsystems. "We're seeing approximately one download per second and our Solaris 10 customers and partners are achieving huge performance gains when leveraging powerful new features like Dynamic Tracing and Containers."

Performance Continues To Spur Demand For Solaris 10

Earning 14 world-record performance results to date, Solaris 10 is delivering breakthrough performance and price/performance for customers across vertical market segments from financial services to telecommunications. With technology advances such as enhancements to the network stack and special optimizations for multithreaded SPARC(R) processors and x64/x86 architectures, Solaris 10 is powering enterprise applications at record speeds on Sun Fire systems and Sun Java Workstations.

The newest 2-way 64-bit Java Virtual Machine (JVM) world record on the SPECjbb2000 benchmark, which measures the implementation of the JVM software, as well as the performance of the underlying operating system and the scalability of the system's processors and memory, demonstrates that Solaris 10 can deliver better results than Linux. The SPECjbb2000 testing was performed on a Sun Fire V20z server, one of a range of systems available from Sun which are powered by the latest AMD Opteron processors, Model 252 with Direct Connect Architecture.(1) The results were achieved using the new Sun Studio 10 compiler software, which also delivers outstanding performance when developing C, C++ and FORTRAN applications for Solaris 10.

Additionally, Sun and BEA achieved new world record performance of 4220.39 TOPS@DualNode on the industry-standard SPECjAppServer2002 benchmark. This result on the powerful 24-way Sun Fire E6900 servers with UltraSPARC IV 1.2GHz processors delivered more than twice the performance of the proprietary HP Itanium result in this category. The SPECjAppServer benchmark is designed to test Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) that is often used as a standard platform for development of portable, scalable, multi-tier enterprise applications.

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