Company Reports Surge of New Solaris (OS) Customers Including Emerson, HM Prisons Service, Northumberland County Council and University of Virginia

January 27, 2004

Continuing to meet customers’ demand for bottom-line pricing, innovation and choice, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) today announced that in the last six months a bevy of new customers has selected Oracle(R) E-Business Suite 11i on the Sun Solaris Operating System (OS). As a leading platform for over 35 percent of Oracle E-Business Suite implementations, Sun has recently attracted additional customers around the globe, including Emerson, HM Prisons Service (UK), Northumberland County Council and University of Virginia.

Anchored by decades of joint technology collaboration, Sun and Oracle continue to offer completely tested and configured Oracle E-Business Suite solutions for companies of any size–from enterprise to mid-market. In addition to the popular Solaris OS SPARC(R) platform, customers can deploy Oracle E-Business Suite on industry-standard Red Hat and SuSE distributions of Linux on Sun x86 platforms.

Mutual Commitment

As part of the long-standing alliance, Sun and Oracle share a strong commitment to use each other’s products and technologies in their respective internal IT deployments. For Sun, Oracle Financials and Order Management form the cornerstone of its consolidated global ERP environment. For Oracle, a multitude of Sun servers power parts of its software development, hosting environments and data center operations, including implementation of Oracle’s single global instance for ERP.

Dedicated Competency Centers for Oracle

For maximum investment protection, new and existing Sun and Oracle customers can also leverage the real-world technology and expertise available at the Sun iForce Competency Centers for Oracle (SOATC). These facilities can offer a no-cost opportunity to test and confirm system sizing, configuration and architecture before implementing solutions.

Customer Successes @ OAW

Established customers running the Oracle E-Business Suite on the Sun platform such as Edmonton Public Schools are scheduled to present their success stories in the Sun booth (#1213) at Oracle AppsWorld in San Diego, starting January 27, 2004. Some of the highlights from these testimonials include:

Edmonton Public Schools

The Edmonton, Alberta, public school system is leveraging the Sun platform and Oracle databases for all its high-end administrative computing needs. In addition, the school district chose the Oracle E-Business Suite to provide its financial applications. Already, the Sun and Oracle solutions are delivering 20 percent higher user productivity and 75 percent shorter month-end processing, compared with the previous mainframe-based applications.

“A lot of our success is due to the excellent synergy between Sun and Oracle, one of the reasons why we’ve standardized on them for all of our high-end computing needs,” said Brenda Boychuk, Senior Data Base Analyst, Edmonton Public Schools. “Sun and Oracle have a seven-year track record of delivering stable, reliable service to the school system.”

Specific schedules for customer presentations will be available at the Sun booth.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision — “The Network Is The Computer” — has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

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