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Sun & Sonic Software Demonstrate
Outstanding Performance Running
SonicMQ on Sun's Solaris 10 OS for
x86 Platform

Throughput 7-15 Times Faster Than IBM WebSphereMQ (MQSeries) Running on Intel; Financial Services Applications Benefit from Reduced Latency

SANTA CLARA, Calif. & BEDFORD, Mass.,  November 22 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW - News) and Sonic Software Corporation, the inventor and leading provider of the enterprise service bus (ESB), today announced outstanding performance results achieved when Sonic Software tested SonicMQ® running on Solaris(TM) 10 Operating System (OS) for AMD Opteron processor-based systems. The message tests achieved throughput volume of 94,000 messages per second, confirming the Sonic solution running on Sun is 7 to 15 times faster than IBM WebSphereMQ (formerly MQSeries) running on Intel-based hardware.

SonicMQ running on the Solaris 10 OS can enable organizations to significantly increase the scalability and reduce the latency of their enterprise messaging systems. These capabilities are especially critical in the financial services industry where market data volumes have increased dramatically, and automated program trading has made latency a competitive business factor. An enterprise messaging solution built on SonicMQ running on Solaris 10 can help firms more efficiently manage their data load. Further, the patent-pending Sonic Continuous Availability Architecture(TM) (CAA) provides firms with fully software-based messaging fault-tolerance, reducing failover from minutes to seconds and eliminating potentially costly transaction failures.

The results of Sonic's tests represent unprecedented performance and scalability for SonicMQ, and demonstrate the continued strength of Sonic Software technology on Sun solutions. As the foundation for Sonic's industry- leading enterprise service bus, Sonic ESB®, the tests indicate performance improvements that will help make service-oriented architecture (SOA) a viable option for applications where performance is critical, such as in financial services.

Sonic Software is one of several key independent software vendors (ISVs) that have announced support for their applications on the Solaris OS on x86 systems, demonstrating the continued growth within the Solaris for x86 ecosystem and choice of low-cost solutions. The reliability and speed of Solaris running on Sun Fire(TM) systems makes it an ideal choice for companies tasked with high-throughput processing, such as financial institutions, telecom providers, and call centers.

Key Findings

Sonic conducted performance tests running SonicMQ on two Sun Fire(TM) V40z servers with 2 AMD Opteron processors running Sun Solaris 10 vs. WebSphereMQ running on a 4-way 3.0 GHz Intel Xeon machine running Windows 2003. The Sun solution showed strong performance in CPU, networking and storage, demonstrating the best performance of all environments tested, including those from IBM and HP.

In a publish-subscribe (pub/sub), non-persistent, non-durable configuration using 100 byte messages with auto acknowledgment, tests showed dramatically higher throughput for SonicMQ (sender and receiver paired per topic):

                                                                            SonicMQ    WebSphereMQ
                                                                    (messages delivered per second)

   10 senders, 10 receivers, 10 topics            82,980       7,090
   50 senders, 50 receivers, 50 topics            89,230       5,610
100 senders, 100 receivers, 100 topics        94,850       5,270

In a point to point, persistent configuration using 100 byte messages with auto acknowledgment, tests show superior scalability for SonicMQ running on Solaris (sender and receiver paired per queue):

                                                                            SonicMQ    WebSphereMQ

   1 sender,     1 receiver,     1 queue                1,140          570
10 senders, 10 receivers, 10 queues             8,120          905
50 senders, 50 receivers, 50 queues           12,320       2,100

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work.

About Sonic Software Corporation

Sonic Software is the inventor and leading provider of the enterprise service bus (ESB). Sonic enterprise integration and messaging products deliver flexibility, scalability, and continuous availability through patent-pending innovations. Sonic Software enables over 700 customers to integrate their organizations from the department to the extended enterprise with a standards- based, service-oriented architecture (SOA).

Sonic Software is an independent operating company of Progress Software Corporation (Nasdaq: PRGS - News), a US$300+ million global software industry leader. Headquartered in Bedford, Mass..

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, Sun Fire, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

SonicMQ, Sonic ESB, and Sonic Continuous Availability Architecture are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sonic Software Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. Any other trademarks or service marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners