New Sun Fire 6800 Brings Mainframe Features to Mid-range Systems

PALO ALTO, CA -- March 21, 2001 -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. [Nasdaq: SUNW] today announced a world-record of 16,016 concurrent users, with an average response time of 1.011 seconds on the new Sun Fire[tm] 6800 server using the Oracle Applications Standard Benchmark (OASB). The combination of Sun's superior hardware and the Solaris[tm] 8 Operating Environment (OE) has delivered results in real world industry-leading benchmarks that demonstrate unprecedented levels of performance in scalability and flexibility, while clearly outperforming IBM and Compaq. This online transaction processing (OLTP) and batch transaction benchmark simulated users performing real-world multi-tier ERP application functions in the areas of financials and supply chain management.

The Oracle Applications Standard Benchmark, developed by Oracle and audited by a third-party, illustrates the highest level of performance on delivered memory, network, and IO performance that Oracle customers require to support a large number of users. This world record obtained with the new Sun Fire 6800 server eclipses the 24-way IBM S80 performance by 14 percent; and beats 32-way 731Mhz Compaq Alpha by 22 percent. HP has not published audited results on this important industry benchmark.

"This result represents unprecedented performance and scalability for the Oracle E-Business Suite of applications, and demonstrates the continued industry-leading combination of Oracle applications on Sun servers," said Juan Jones, vice president, Systems Platforms Division, Oracle. "This performance is critical for customers seeking solutions that offer leading technology with a low total cost of ownership, and the highest levels of availability."

Sun's systems deliver a highly scalable architecture built with a singular focus that today provides the leading platform for the Net Economy with 75 percent of Internet traffic running on Sun. The Sun Fire Midframe servers are a new class of server that brings mainframe features to the sweet spot of affordable UNIX midrange computing. No other vendor is delivering these features at these price points, with the efficiency and scalability proven by Sun's results in the Oracle Applications Standard Benchmark. The new Sun Fire servers can scale up to 24 processors and support up to 192GB of memory, 100TB of disk and provide up to four Dynamic System Domains or partitions.

"Sun's ability to offer customers high performing and reliable products has helped to establish Sun as the leading systems provider to Oracle customers," said Michael Bohlig, director, Oracle Business Unit, at Sun Microsystems. "The ability to gain throughput on complex workloads is a result of Sun's balanced system designs. Sun designs the total system including the operating system, allowing for innovation and tighter integration between CPU, Memory and I/O. The high-speed system interconnect is the rocket science behind the excellent database and transaction based application performance. The new Sun Fire server has demonstrated industry-leading performance and scalability, and complemented by its high availability and unique manageability, make it the premier platform for the Oracle."

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