Sun Adds Virtualization and Software Technologies to Industry Leading Tape Archive Portfolio

Corner Banca SA and Accor North America among growing list of enterprise storage customers that look to Sun for high-performance, highly efficient tape archive solutions.

May 19, 2009

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SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 19, 2009 - Sun Microsystems Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) today demonstrated an unwavering commitment to enterprise storage customers through capacity and performance enhancements to its industry leading virtualization and tape storage archive solutions which save costs and simplify management in the data center. Sun also announced that Fujifilm will be the preferred tape media development partner for the next generation of the Sun StorageTek(TM) T10000 tape drive family, building upon the relationship that yielded the industry's first one terabyte (TB) drive to bring more tape archive innovation to customers.

"Sun has the most comprehensive enterprise storage portfolio in the industry, with unmatched virtualization technology that enables our customers to utilize their assets more efficiently, greatly reduce risk and simplify their management processes. It's clear that customers agree, since, despite current economic times, Sun StorageTek VSM revenues have grown by double digits quarter over quarter versus last year," said Jon Benson, senior vice-president of Storage, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "We were the first to deliver a one terabyte drive to market and have established the industry standard for innovation in tape archive storage solutions."

As the amount of user-generated data continues to grow exponentially, there is a need for customers to implement storage solutions that can store more in a shrinking footprint. Sun's tape virtualization and tape archive solutions protect customers data throughout the information life-cycle. The use of Sun's tape virtualization offers customers up to a ten times (10x) cost savings versus traditional storage products, by saving customers management time, reducing the amount of total data that needs to be archived, and mitigating risk with the industry's best disaster recovery options.

Sun tape archive innovation announced today include:

???Three times (3x) capacity increase for the Sun StorageTek(TM) VSM 5 to 90 terabytes with new connectivity options, giving customers greater performance and functionality;???New Sun StorageTek(TM) VSM 5e, a low cost, entry-level version of the Sun StorageTek VSM 5, targeted at customer disaster recovery and test sites ;???New Sun StorageTek(TM) SL3000 Access Expansion Module (AEM), which enables 24x7 availability, with fully redundant and replaceable robotics. The AEM is also the only library to allow bulk-load and unload capabilities, saving customers significant time with media management. The AEM work with the Sun StorageTek SL3000 to make a customer's operating environment highly available and efficient. ???Sun StorageTek(TM) Enterprise Library software (ELS) that combines Sun's mainframe software products to deliver improved performance and functionality into one, easy-to-manage software package."Thanks to Sun's Virtual Storage Manager (VSM) technology, our systems were not only released of important management and disaster recovery functions but we also witnessed a substantial optimization of our resources, resulting in fewer tape resources and drastically cutting down on our footprint. Now able to handle 30 percent year-over-year data growth without increasing the number of system engineers and storage administrators, Corn??r Banca is committed to virtualization and to Sun," said Charles Inches, first vice president, Corn??r Banca.

Sun and Fuji Film Collaborate on Industry-Leading Tape Innovation

Sun and Fujifilm announce the expansion of their relationship on next generation tape drive and media development. Sun has selected Fujifilm as the media development partner on its next generation Sun StorageTek(TM)T10000 tape drive. The Sun StorageTek T10000B was the first tape drive to ship with one terabyte native capacity, and this partnership is designed to build upon this platform and deliver future generations of the Sun StorageTek T1000B family that offer far greater capacity and performance to customers.

"The Sun StorageTek T10000 tape drive enables us to utilize our library as an online storage resource, delivering thousands of very large files to our customers per month. It gives us the throughput and scalable capacity we need to support our expanding content archive and meet the growing demand for our services," said Mark Lemmons, Chief Technology Officer, Thought Equity Motion, Inc.

For pricing or to learn more about Sun's tape archive storage solutions in this release, please see www.sun.com/vsm, www.sun.com/els and www.sun.com/t10000b.ABOUT SUN MICRSOSYSTEMS, INC.

Sun Microsystems develops the technologies that power the global marketplace. Guided by a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer(TM)" -- Sun drives network participation through shared innovation, community development and open source leadership. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at _http://sun.com.

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