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Sun Microsystems Announces Web Hosting Offer for Sun Startup Essentials Program Members

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc., (Nasdaq: SUNW) today announced the availability of Web deployment hosting services based on the Solaris(TM) 10 Operating System(OS), and industry-leading Sun systems and storage (www.sun.com/emrkt/startupessentials/hosting.jsp). By joining the Sun partner hosting initiative, Web hosting partners Joyent and NaviSite can provide low- cost infrastructure and services to help startup companies jumpstart and grow their business. This offer is available for eligible U.S. based members of the Sun Startup Essentials(SM) program (www.sun.com/startupessentials), which helps early-stage companies get to market more quickly on Sun's enterprise- class technologies at a cost that fits their needs to conserve cash.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Sun Microsystems, Inc., (Nasdaq: SUNW) today announced the availability of Web deployment hosting services based on the Solaris(TM) 10 Operating System(OS), and industry-leading Sun systems and storage (www.sun.com/emrkt/startupessentials/hosting.jsp). By joining the Sun partner hosting initiative, Web hosting partners Joyent and NaviSite can provide low- cost infrastructure and services to help startup companies jumpstart and grow their business. This offer is available for eligible U.S. based members of the Sun Startup Essentials(SM) program (www.sun.com/startupessentials), which helps early-stage companies get to market more quickly on Sun's enterprise- class technologies at a cost that fits their needs to conserve cash.

The hosting requirements of Web 2.0 and Internet Services startups typically differ from those of traditionally established companies, due to their increased need to grow and expand services with fluctuating customer demands. Sun is working closely with Joyent and NaviSite to help address these requirements and is now able to offer these emerging companies all the advantages of the extremely flexible and scalable Solaris 10 OS based infrastructure.

"Sun is working closely with Joyent and NaviSite to help build a highly scalable hosting infrastructure for startups and established companies," said Juan Carlos Soto, vice president of Marketing at Sun Microsystems. "We are pleased that Joyent and NaviSite have chosen Solaris 10 and the Sun platform for hosting Web 2.0 applications and that they are working with Sun to provide affordable hosting plans that are flexible and easily scalable, helping startups to grow their business."

Joyent and NaviSite are using Solaris Container virtualization technology, part of the Solaris 10 OS, the most advanced OS on the planet, to deliver the secure and high-performance infrastructure to help deploy next-generation Web applications that can scale based on demand. Sun's partners also provide value-add services to manage and monitor their hosted environments. With highly flexible hosting offerings, customers can choose to start with a small capacity and grow flexibly as their business and community grows.

"Joyent has been working with more than 200 startup customers, such as Twitter and Magnetk, to help deliver next-generation Web services," said David Young, CEO at Joyent. "The virtualization capabilities and high performance of the Solaris OS and Sun systems make for an ideal environment to meet the hosting requirements of our customers."

"With more than 10 years of experience and 14 datacenters, NaviSite has been providing customers with hosting, application and content delivery services based on a flexible, scalable and, most of all, secure infrastructure backed by Service Level Agreements," said James Fanella, senior vice president of Strategic Business Development at NaviSite. "With Web hosting options based on Solaris Container technology, startup organizations can take advantage of solutions that easily grow in lock-step with their business".

Sun Startup Essentials Program

Initially launched in November 2006, the Sun Startup Essentials program helps eligible U.S. based startup companies get to market faster while conserving cash. The program offers its members a range of discounted Sun products and services, including its award-winning Sun Fire(TM) x64 servers and Sun Fire servers with CoolThreads(TM) technology, and Sun's select StorageTek(TM) line of products, including modular disk arrays, NAS and tape storage products.

In addition to offering products and services to eligible U.S. based members, Sun also is offering free technical advice via email and access to free software such as Apache, MySQL and Perl (AMP) optimized to run on the Solaris 10 OS. As of today, program members can also select the Web hosting infrastructure from Sun partners based on Sun technologies along with services they need, in case they choose not to build and operate the infrastructure themselves.

To join the program and have direct online access to these offerings, please visit http://www.sun.com/startupessentials.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

A singular vision — "The Network Is The Computer" — guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world's most important markets. Sun's philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com.

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Press Contact Sun Microsystems, Inc. Melissa Pereira (408) 884-4980 Melissa.pereira@sun.com

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