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Sun Fire X4600 M2 Server Is Industry’s Fastest X86 Java Server

August 7, 2008

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAVA) today announced the new SPECjbb2005 world record score, which beats all other x86 systems on the market. The Sun Fire(TM) X4600 M2 server, equipped with eight Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) model 8360SE processors and running the Solaris(TM) 10 Operating System (OS), posted an x86 World Record score of 683,542 SPECjbb2005 bops (85,443 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM). In the benchmark results, the Sun Fire X4600 M2 server demonstrated that it is 53% faster than the Dell PowerEdge R900 and is able to perform 75% more Java business operations than the Dell PowerEdge R905 in the same physical footprint.

The SPECjbb2005 (Java(TM) Business Benchmark) measures the performance of a Java-implemented application server in the middle tier of a 3-tier architecture. It is based on the order processing application of a wholesale supplier and emulates the real-world server-side Java application while providing an accurate reflection of the business logic and objects relevant to the wholesale operation. The benchmark is designed to stress the implementation of the Java(TM) Virtual Machine (JVM) and the scalability of the system’s processors and memory, and is often relied upon in sizing and scaling exercises done by potential customers.

“The SPECjbb2005 score on a Sun and AMD platform is a strong testament to the heavyweight performance of Sun’s unique 8-socket system design and the performance and scalability of the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor,” said Margaret Lewis, director, Software Strategy, AMD. “SPECjbb2005 provides a relevant, useful metric for IT managers to evaluate how well their Java-based applications will run on this platform and with the selection of the Sun Fire X4600 M2 server, they will be selecting a clear winner.”

“This benchmark is a result of Sun’s design innovation combined with AMD’s fastest Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors,” said Arvie Martin, marketing manager of x64 systems, Sun Microsystems. “The newly available quad-core Sun Fire X4600 M2 server beats the x86 competition on this benchmark by a wide margin.”

For more details on this benchmark, visit: http://www.sun.com/servers/x64/x4600/benchmarks.jsp

The Sun Fire X4600 M2 server with Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors packs the power of eight processors into a compact 4RU, energy-efficient system, offering up to twice the compute density of competitive servers. The scalable Sun Fire X4600 M2 server, working with VMware software and the Sun StorageTek(TM) 6540 array, delivers one of the most effective consolidation and virtualization platforms available. Customers can also deploy Sun(TM) xVM Ops Center to more reliably manage operating system updates in both physical and virtual environments. In addition, the Sun Fire X4600 M2 server’s extreme energy efficiency and scalability features make it an ideal platform for small and medium businesses. For more information on the Sun Fire X4600 M2 server, please visit: http://www.sun.com/x4600

About Sun Microsystems, 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.

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Sun Fire, Solaris, Java, StorageTek and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, AMD Opteron and combinations thereof are trademarks or registered trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

SPEC, SPECjbb reg tm of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. All results as of 08/05/08 on http://www.spec.org. Sun Fire X4600 M2 results submitted to SPEC. Other results as of 08/05/08 on www.spec.org. Sun Fire X4600 M2 (8 chips, 32 cores) 683,542 SPECjbb2005 bops, 85,443 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM. Dell PowerEdge R900 (4xXeon X7350 chips, 16 cores) 446,209 SPECjbb2005 bops, 55,776 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM. Dell PowerEdge R905 (4xOpteron 8360SE chips, 16 cores) 391,654 SPECjbb2005 bops, 97,915 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM.HP DL585 (4xOpteron 8356 chips, 16 cores) 368,543 SPECjbb2005 bops, 92,136 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM