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Sun Continues Leadership in Workstation Market With Up to 40 Percent Performance Increases and New Pricing Promotions

Customers Can Add PC Functionality to Sun Blade Workstations for Only $1

During its quarterly Network Computing '05(NC05Q1) launch today,
Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), the market leader in Traditional Workstation shipments and revenue according to IDC, unveiled up to 40 percent performance increases in its UltraSPARC processor-based Sun Blade 1500 and Sun Blade 2500 workstations. These workstations are ideal for software development, engineering and scientific research, and are designed to help developers and systems administrators take advantage of the recently announced Solaris 10 Operating System (OS). Additionally, Sun today announced new pricing promotions for both its UltraSPARC and AMD Opteron processor-based workstation lines, giving customers even better price-performance benefits for these products.

"With more than one million workstations installed worldwide,
Sun has a strong history of leadership in this market, and the company continues to provide its customers with superior price-performance both on UltraSPARC and AMD Opteron processor-based workstations," said Rajesh Shakkarwar, senior director, Workstation Marketing at Sun. "These workstations, running the Solaris 10 OS, offer customers improved performance and advanced features such as predictive self-healing, DTrace and Solaris Containers."

The upgraded Sun Blade 1500 and Sun Blade 2500 workstations give customers up to 40 percent better performance than the previous generation of
Sun Blade workstations. They are 100 percent binary compatible with older models so that applications run unmodified, allowing customers to protect their software and knowledge base investments. With double the memory, increased storage capacity and industry standard optical media options, these new workstations provide a compelling upgrade path without time-consuming software migration. The new Sun Blade 1500 and Sun Blade 2500 workstations are currently available worldwide at a starting list price of $3195 and $7195 (USD), respectively.

Customers Get PC Functionality on Their Workstation for Only $1

Sun also announced a number of pricing promotions for both UltraSPARC and
AMD Opteron processor-based workstations, including:

Customers can get complete PC functionality on their workstation with a limited-time $1 (USD) offer on a SunPCi IIIpro card when purchased with a new UltraSPARC processor-based Sun Blade 1500 or 2500 workstation. The SunPCi IIIpro card enables users to run Windows or Linux natively within the Solaris OS. More information is available at http://sun.com/desktop/pcdollardays

Customers can upgrade Xeon-based workstations and get $600 (USD) off the price of a new
AMD Opteron processor-based Sun Java Workstation W1100z or W2100z. More information on this limited-time offer is available at http://sun.com/amd/upgrade/

Solaris OS developers and system administrators can get 25 percent off the price of an upgraded Sun Blade workstation. More information on this limited-time promotion is available at http://sun.com/desktop/discountpromo

Education customers can get 45 percent off the price of a new Sun Java Workstation. More information on this limited-time offer is available at http://sun.com/products-n-solutions/edu/promotions/hardware.html#workstations

Sun's NC05Q1 Web event is available on the World Wide Web at sun.com/nc/05q1. More information on today's announcements, including full press releases and product details, can be viewed at Sun's online press kit(http://sun.com/aboutsun/media/presskits/networkcomputing05q1/).

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 http://sun.com

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