Sun Microsystems Strengthens Market-Leading Identity Management Portfolio with Intent to Acquire Vaau

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Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAVA)(1) and Vaau, Inc. today announced that the two companies have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Sun will acquire Vaau, a premier provider of Enterprise Role Management (ERM) and identity compliance solutions.

The Network is the Computer(TM)

    As regulatory requirements continue to tighten, enterprises must find new ways to reduce auditing costs. By leveraging ERM, organizations can reduce these costs by discovering, defining, and managing user access with a common vocabulary that links business and IT. Vaau's RBACx(TM) solution combined with the provisioning and identity auditing capabilities of Sun's identity management portfolio powered by the Solaris(TM) 10 Operating System will enable organizations to streamline the provisioning process and significantly reduce the cost of auditing.

"This announcement further underscores Sun's leadership in the high growth identity audit and compliance categories, adding both a market-leading solution and proven implementation services to our portfolio," said Jim McHugh, vice president of Marketing, Software Infrastructure, Sun Microsystems. "As a leader in enterprise role management and identity certification, Vaau provides an integrated set of capabilities to automate and enforce internal security controls that will further enhance Sun's ability to provide comprehensive solutions to our customers across the full spectrum of governance, risk and compliance."

Recognized as a global leader in identity management, Sun manages billions of user identities worldwide for the world's largest companies spanning a variety of industries. For more information about Sun's identity management portfolio, please visit

The definitive agreement to acquire Vaau, Inc. is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed during Sun's fiscal third quarter 2008, which begins on December 31, 2007. The terms of the deal were not disclosed as the transaction is immaterial to Sun's earnings per share.

About Vaau, Inc.

Vaau, Inc. is a premier provider of enterprise role management and identity compliance solutions for global Fortune 500 companies. Vaau's award-winning solutions and methodology enable organizations to proactively enforce internal security control policies and automate critical identity management processes. Through strategic relationships with identity management vendors such as Computer Associates, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Novell, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems, Vaau offers a unique, integrated user-management solution that includes role engineering, role management, and identity compliance. Vaau's flagship solution, RBACx(TM), allows enterprises to manage the lifecycle of identities from role definition to the ongoing and continuous process of auditing and certifying users' accessibility rights to company resources and information. Vaau is headquartered in Torrance, California. To learn more, please visit

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

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(1) On November 8, 2007, Sun stockholders voted in favor of a one-for-four reverse stock split. The split took effect on Monday, November 12, 2007. This split does not affect the registration of Sun's common stock, however, Sun's common stock will be reported on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "JAVAD" through December 10, 2007, 20 days following the effective date. On December 11, 2007, Sun's ticker symbol will revert back to "JAVA". For more information, please visit

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding the future results or expected financial performance of Sun Microsystems, Inc. following the consummation of the transaction, including Sun's ability to: enable organizations to streamline the provisioning process and significantly reduce the cost of auditing; strengthen its leadership position; provide more comprehensive solutions to its customers; and close the transaction in the third quarter of Sun's fiscal year. Such statements are just predictions and involve risks and uncertainties such that actual results and performance may differ materially, including the possibility that the transaction may not close or that the closing may be delayed. Factors that might cause such a difference include the inability to successfully combine Vaau's solution with Sun's identity management portfolio, the inability to strengthen Sun's leadership position, the failure to successfully integrate Vaau and its employees into Sun and achieve expected synergies, the failure to compete in this highly competitive and rapidly changing marketplace, the failure to retain key employees and the failure to satisfy the closing conditions for the transaction. These and other risks are detailed from time to time in Sun's periodic reports that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Sun's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2007, and its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2007. Sun assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update these forward-looking statements.

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