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Sun Widens Startups

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:JAVA - News) today announced that it has expanded the Sun Startup Essentials(SM) program into Canada, France and Germany to help early-stage companies in these countries get up-and-running quickly while conserving cash. As part of Sun's ongoing commitment to fostering the global startup community, the company continues to support programs and events around the world, such as hosting the Sun-sponsored Startup Camp(SM) in London this spring.

Canada, France and Germany represent large and growing developer populations with major Internet-based economies, as well as areas that support a robust and increasing number of startup activities. They join an expanding list of startups from China, India, Israel, U.K. and U.S. that currently leverage the resources within the Sun Startup Essentials program. As part of the program's expansion, Sun also hosted startup events in Munich, Paris and Vancouver, B.C., to provide an overview of the program and encourage networking within their communities.

In today's market, early stage companies are challenged to bring highly available and scalable applications to market quickly and cost-effectively. These startup companies are constantly looking for ways to become more efficient with limited resources while at the same time planning for long-term success. Since its inception in 2006, over 1,500 early-stage companies have applied to the Sun Startup Essentials program. Approved startups are eligible to receive program member benefits that improve their time to market, maximize IT efficiencies and cut costs. The program offers startups deep discounts on a range of Sun's industry-leading technologies and services and the ability to subscribe to Web hosting services from Sun partners at discounted rates. With the industry-leading Solaris(TM) Operating System (OS), a range of innovative technologies and flexible, cost-effective systems, Sun is one of the premier choices for startups to grow their businesses.

"With our commitment to building communities, Sun is able to share valuable expertise and offer global startups free software, architectural support, and significantly discounted hardware through the Sun Startup Essentials program," said Juan Carlos Soto, VP of Global Market Development at Sun Microsystems. "By further expanding the program, we're reaching leading markets that adopt and adapt new technology rapidly and enabling startups to get to market more quickly and economically."

Sun Microsystems Inc.