Oracle and Sun Build on Alliance; Announce Oracle Database 10g for Solaris 10 OS

Secure, Low Cost Computing Options for Customers

November 15, 2005

At its Network Computing ’04Q4 (NC04Q4) launch today, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and Oracle announced that Oracle(R) Database 10g will be supported on Sun’s Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) for Intel Xeon, AMD Opteron and SPARC(R) processor-based architectures. Additionally, the companies are announcing the general availability of Oracle Database 10g for Solaris 9 OS for x86 systems. These business-critical information technology (IT) platforms deliver additional choice for secure, low cost computing options to a broad range of customers and partners.

“The enhancements in Solaris 10 further expand the opportunity to combine Oracle’s grid technology with a high-performance Solaris platform,” said Bronwyn Hastings, vice president, Global Alliances and Channels, Oracle. “The combination of Oracle Database 10g and Solaris 10 will provide our joint customers the powerful world class offerings that they have come to expect from us.”

“Sun and Oracle continue to build on a strong two-decade long relationship to extend the industry’s #1 UNIX OS and build a direct link between technology solutions and profitability through maximum system uptime,” said Stephen Borcich, vice president partner and industry marketing, Sun Microsystems, Inc. “Today’s announcement emphasizes our complementary strategies in key areas such as enterprise grid computing, security, high-availability and clustering, continue to have a huge impact on the industry.”

Oracle 10g on Solaris x86

Last year Ellison and McNealy outlined the companies’ agreement to provide low-cost offerings to the marketplace and delivering Oracle Database 10g on Solaris OS for x86 is the first major milestone. Early indicators prove that customer demand is high for Sun’s AMD Opteron based systems with more than 1500 software downloads of Oracle 10g for Solaris 9 x86 in just a few weeks.

Oracle and Sun have worked together for 20 years to deliver secure, reliable and scalable enterprise-class datacenters to over 70,000 customers around the world. With a shared commitment to open, standards-based computing, Oracle and Sun deliver optimal performance, innovation and value to the customer through joint engineering efforts, sales and service. For more information about today’s announcements and the Oracle Sun alliance, go to or

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