Sun Microsystems Sees Results of Open Source Investment Through Increased OpenSolaris Customer Adoption : Industry Leaders Reliant Security, OmniTI Computer Consulting Say Open Source Operating System Provides the Right Platform for Innovation, Development and Deployment

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Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAVA) today released new customer adoption numbers that show a significant up tick in customer adoption rates for the various technologies with the OpenSolaris(TM) communities. Hundreds of new Sun enterprise, Web 2.0 and other customers have joined the 150,000+ strong OpenSolaris community, leveraging Solaris(TM) ZFS and other open source software combined with Sun's industry standard hardware and world-class service and support to save money and break free from the chains of closed, proprietary software. Join the OpenSolaris community by visiting http://www.opensolaris.org.

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The level of support and service that Sun provides far exceeds that of other open source vendors or the open source community. And from a hardware perspective, you have a close pairing of the strong open source operating system in both Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris with hardware sets that come from one organization — no other vendor can provide that.

From telecommunications, financial services and healthcare to high-performance computing and the Web tier, adoption of OpenSolaris technologies spans a wide range of vertical markets. Sun customers Reliant Security, OmniTI, Joyent, Digitar, and others are realizing even greater cost savings in combining this open source, production ready platform with Sun technologies like chip multi-threading (CMT) on industry standard Sun Fire(TM) x64 systems, end-to-end Open Storage solutions and Sun's service and support team.

"The innovative features of OpenSolaris -- such as ZFS, DTrace and its unique distribution model -- along with the speed of deployment and execution it allows, have struck a cord with customers," said Tim Cramer, senior director of OpenSolaris engineering, Sun Microsystems Inc. "The increased cost savings, flexibility and scale our customers are seeing through the use of OpenSolaris and its communities validates Sun's decades-long commitment to the open source model. We offer customers lower total cost of ownership and increased return on investment through the combination of OpenSolaris and Sun's industry leading hardware, software infrastructure and services."

The OpenSolaris OS was designed as a platform to foster innovation and enable developers to quickly develop, test, trouble-shoot and deploy their new web services, HPC and network applications. It combines the foundation of Solaris technologies and tools with modern desktop features and applications developed by open source communities, such as GNOME, Mozilla and the Free Software Foundation. OpenSolaris provides an ideal environment for students, developers and early adopters looking to learn and gain experience with innovative technologies like ZFS, Zones and DTrace.

Reliant Security: Sun and OpenSource Make Great Combination

Reliant Security provides data security products and services that help retailers and other merchants comply with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI). When Reliant Security needed better virtualization capabilities for its patented Managed PCI System (MPS), it chose to migrate its BSD Unix-based MPS to OpenSolaris and Solaris 10. With Solaris 10 with Containers, Reliant Security achieved the best balance between operating system virtualization and shared virtual resources. The company also turned to Crossbow, the OpenSolaris network virtualization project for an advanced, virtualized networking environment.

"Our goal with MPS was to meet a very large and complex security requirement [PCI] with a solution that dramatically lowered the cost point for retailers and could replace multiple point solutions in a mission-critical environment," says Richard Newman, co-founder and president of Reliant Security. "The level of support and service that Sun provides far exceeds that of other open source vendors or the open source community. And from a hardware perspective, you have a close pairing of the strong open source operating system in both Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris with hardware sets that come from one organization — no other vendor can provide that."

OmniTI Computer Consulting, a Maryland-based Internet consultancy and strong advocate of open source solutions, also selected to run OpenSolaris on its servers to take advantage of its leading-edge features for software development. OpenSolaris proves invaluable in keeping its team abreast of new developments and provides the ability to both strategize and prototype systems based on new features. OmniTI often incorporates OpenSolaris into its clients' solutions to enable them to achieve increased flexibility and cost savings.

The above customers join industry leaders like DigiTar and Joyent that use the OpenSolaris OS as an enterprise and Web platform that offers increased flexibility and cost savings.

Sun is celebrating the growth of the open source community throughout the month of September. In addition to OpenSolaris, Sun's open source portfolio of products includes GlassFish(TM), OpenOffice.org(TM), OpenJDK(TM), NetBeans(TM), MySQL(TM), PostgreSQL and OpenSPARC(TM). For more on Sun's open source offerings and month-long celebration, please visit: http://www.sun.com/software/opensource/.

Sun OpenSolaris is available for download at http://www.opensolaris.com. The site is also a destination to learn more about getting started with the OpenSolaris OS and provides a forum to share experiences and collaborate with leading members of the worldwide OpenSolaris community.

About OpenSolaris

OpenSolaris is an open source project created by Sun Microsystems in 2005 to build a developer community around the Solaris Operating System (OS) and in May 2008 the community delivered the OpenSolaris Operating System, a single distribution for desktop, server and HPC deployments. OpenSolaris, based on the Solaris kernel and created through community collaboration, delivers an unrivaled development and deployment environment offering the right mix of rapid innovation, platform stability and support to meet business and development needs. There are more than 150,000 community members registered on OpenSolaris.org. The OpenSolaris project User Group is an active and growing collaboration with dozens of OpenSolaris technology communities and projects being created on OpenSolaris.org and OpenSolaris.com.

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.

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