Sun Microsystems Shipping Dot-Com-Grade Solaris 8 Operating Environment
70,000 Units of Enterprise-Class Solaris 8 Operating Environment Shipped
PALO ALTO, CA. -- March 28, 2000 -- Sun Microsystems today announced that after
the first few weeks of availability, 70,000 units of the enterprise-class Solaris
8 Operating Environment shipped to those enterprise-class corporations driving the
Internet. Meeting a very aggressive schedule for development and deployment, the
Solaris 8 Operating Environment is now available on a worldwide basis for dot-com
Corporations that demand both performance and predictability on the Internet now
have access to a dot-com-grade operating environment with no license fees. Solaris
8 Operating Environment is committed to providing the most advanced technologies
and standards, such as IPv6, to handle the increasing number of web devices. In
addition, the Solaris 8 Operating Environment ships with a suite of co-packaged
software that includes office productivity software, a web server, an Oracle database,
and a migration tool to move from SQL server to an Oracle database.
"The heavy lifting and huge transaction loads that transpire on the Internet require
a proven solution," said Anil Gadre, Sun's vice president and general manager, Solaris
Software. "Even tiny dot-coms know they must plan for massive growth -- they turn
to the Solaris Operating Environment because they are going to get data center reliability
from day one."
Orders for Solaris 8 Media Kits demonstrate the strength of the Solaris Operating
Environment as an independent operating environment. Over two-thirds of the orders
for the Media Kit were to customers choosing the Solaris Operating Environment (Intel
Platform Edition) software.
Free Solaris Binaries
Through the Free Solaris Binary License Program, anyone can use the dot-com-grade
Solaris 8 Operating Environment without paying license fees. For only the cost of
media and shipping, licensees can use the software on an unlimited number of computers
with a capacity of 8 or fewer CPUs.
About Free Solaris Binary License Program More information about participating in
the Free Solaris Binary License Program can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sun.com/solaris/binaries/.
Pricing and Availability
While the software and co-packaged code is free, Sun is charging $75 for the cost
of media, which includes the Solaris 8 Operating Environment in 37 languages, a
Solaris Software Companion CD, and co-packaged software, including:
Customers can get access to Sun's Solaris 8 source code for a $75 media fee. The
Solaris 8 binaries are available immediately. Sun plans to have the Solaris 8 source
code available in early Summer. Program details are available at http://www.sun.com/solaris/.
- Sun's StarOffice office productivity suite.
- iPlanet Webtop software.
- iPlanet Web Server software.
- iPlanet Application Server software.
- iPlanet Certificate Management System.
- Apache web server.
- Oracle8i database.
- Oracle Migration Workbench - SQL Server migration tool.
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- The Network is The Computer™ --
has propelled Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq:SUNW) to its position as a leading provider
of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that power the Internet and
allow companies worldwide to ".com" their businesses. With $13 billion in annual
revenues, Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web
Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, HotJava, StarOffice, iPlanet, and
The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems,
Inc. in the United States and other countries. Netscape Navigator is a trademark
or registered trademark of Netscape Communications Corporation in the United States
and other countries.