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Sun Microsystems Korea Selected By NEIS Schools, NEIS Commits 70 Percent of Total IT Budget to Sun

NEIS Selects Sun's Solaris 10 OS and Sun Fire Servers with Opteron Processors for its Elementary, Middle and High Schools Infrastructure; Reaffirms Sun's Commitment to the Education Market

Sun Microsystems Korea today announced it has been selected as the leading system supplier for the Korean National Education Information System (NEIS) project.
Sun Microsystems Korea will provide 1,200 Sun Fire V40z x64 (x86, 64-bit) servers equipped with the AMD Opteron processor, and 200 Sun Fire V440 and V240 SPARC-based servers running the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) to elementary, middle and high schools around the country. NEIS chose Sun's Solaris OS and Sun Fire servers for its scalability and reliability, committing 70% of its total project hardware budget to Sun.

NEIS is an education information system established by Korea's Ministry of Education & Human Resources Development to improve teachers' working environment and increase efficiency of educational administration. Once it is completed, all the educational institutions can share high quality of information, thus, all the schools can improve its efficiency and reduce redundant processes.

"Thanks to innovative technologies, we are able to bring an information rich environment to students all over the world." said Won-Sik Yoo, general manager of Sun Korea. "By working closely with NEIS, we will be able to extend our leadership position in the education market and help build a reliable and secure infrastructure for Korea's education system."

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Sun is a leading provider of open network computing solutions to colleges and universities around the world, powering academic, research and high performance computing systems, campus administration, digital libraries and student instructions systems. In addition, Sun is committed to connecting the world's students to the Internet, beginning with primary and secondary schools and extending to all levels of higher education. For more information:

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