Sun Java Application Platform Suite Achieves Best-in-Class Price/Performance Results

Delivers Unmatched Performance in Application Tier On Solaris 10 OS and Sun Fire Servers for a Fraction of the Cost

April 21, 2005

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW)today announced the publication of a SPECjAppServer 2004 benchmark result demonstrating the best price/performance in the application tier for its Sun Java System Application Server 8.1 Standard Edition. The Sun system achieved a score of 1201.44 jAppServer Operations Per Second (JOPS) @ Standard, clearly establishing a world record price /performance advantage for the Sun Java System Application Server especially when running on the Solaris 10 operating system (OS) and the Sun Fire server product line. This result underscores the superior scalability and performance offered by the Sun systems at a fraction of the cost of the competition. It also proves the outstanding performance available from the new Sun Java Application Platform Suite offering.

Performed on the Sun Fire family of servers, the benchmark demonstrated high orders of integration and interoperability of Solaris 10 running on UltraSPARC(R) IV and AMD Opteron-based systems. The benchmark configuration was comprised of 13 Sun Fire V20z servers, each equipped with two AMD Opteron processors Model 248 and running the Sun Java System Application Server 8.1 Standard Edition. In addition, a Sun Fire E2900 server, equipped with 12 UltraSPARC IV 1.35 GHz processors, ran the latest version of the Oracle 10g Enterprise Edition Database.

The benchmark delivered a class leading price / performance of $164/JOPS in the application tier (combined software / hardware and support cost) versus IBM’s best submission of $504/JOPS3 . This translates to 90% of the performance for 33% of the total application tier cost.

The benchmark also demonstrated Java System Application Server’s ability to handle complex workloads under very heavy load. During the benchmark, the Application Server supported over 9400 concurrent clients, and processed over 4.3 million complex transactions per hour.

The SPECjAppServer2004 benchmark reflects the rigors of complex applications and high volume transaction processing that is typical of today’s customer environments. The test spans all major components of the application server, including Web serving, Enterprise Java Beans architecture and messaging and includes hardware, application server software, Java Virtual Machine software, database software and a systems network.

About Sun Java System Application Platform Suite

The Sun Java System Application Server 8.1 is the industry’s first commercially available implementation of the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) 1.4 platform. This popular application server is a core component of the new Java Sytem Application Platform Suite, a fully integrated and flexible set of the tools and services required to design, develop, deploy and manage the delivery of next-generation Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Customers can quickly and easily deploy the Java System Application Platform Suite for a low cost of $50 (USD) per employee, per year. For more information, please visit:

About Sun Fire Servers

The broad range of Sun Fire servers are powered by either UltraSPARC or AMD Opteron processors. The Sun Fire V20z featured in the SPECjAppServer2004 results is one of a family of servers that has achieved more than twelve world record benchmarks in less than twelve months, in several cases outperforming competitor’s systems running x86, Power, or Itanium processors. The Sun Fire V20z server maintains the leadership momentum achieved with the previous previous price/performance world records on SPECjAppServer2002 Multiple Node and SPECjAppServer2002 Dual Node Benchmarks(1). Sun has posted multiple world record benchmark results for all of its x64 platforms, in their respective categories, for a total of over thirty new records(2).

About Solaris 10 OS

Solaris 10 Operating System delivers indisputable performance advantages for database, Web and Java technology services, and High Performance Technical Computing. With new technology advances such as the fastest network stack, advanced tracing, special optimizations for data access and signal handling, and optimizations for multithreaded processors, memory allocator, and compilers, Solaris 10 is powering enterprise applications at record speeds. For Solaris 10 record breaking performance benchmarks, please reference:

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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SPEC(R) and the benchmark name SPECjAppServer(R) are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Competitive benchmark results stated above reflect results published on as of April 14, 2005. The comparison presented above is based on the best performing submission from IBM. For the latest SPECjAppServer2004 benchmark results, visit