Sun Microsystems Strikes Multi-Million Dollar Deal With Leading ERP Software Company...

Tue Sep 9, 2008 8:50am EDT

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Sun Microsystems Strikes Multi-Million Dollar Deal With Leading ERP Software Company to Deploy MySQL(TM) Enterprise and GlassFish(TM) Solutions

    New Customer Stesud Deploys Open Source Application Server and
  Database Platform to Reduce Enterprise IT Costs and Improve Overall
                              Performance
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAVA) today announced the addition
of the leading enterprise resource planning (ERP) software vendor
Stesud to a growing list of customers that have adopted and deployed
Sun's open source MySQL(TM) database and GlassFish(TM) application
server software. This Belgium-based enterprise company joins
Australian online travel pioneer Wotif.com and hundreds of other
companies that now rely on MySQL and GlassFish as a lower-cost,
higher-performance alternative to traditional database and application
server software.

   "Sun bet on open source as an enterprise business model years ago
and the adoption curve we're seeing in 2008 validates this business
and financial model. Companies from around the globe and from all
business sectors are shifting to open source solutions that include
Sun's open source Java(TM) software and OpenSolaris as the operating
system," said Rich Green, executive vice-president, Software, Sun
Microsystems, Inc.

   Stesud: Open Source Makes Sense

   When it identified that its existing software infrastructure
needed refreshing, Belgium-based Stesud looked to Java as the
technology upon which to build the company's new platform. An ERP
provider with eGovernment clients that include the Belgian government,
Stesud evaluated several solutions and selected Sun's GlassFish
application server. As part of this multi-million dollar deal, Stesud
also employed Sun's MySQL Enterprise(TM) subscription, allowing the
company to dependably migrate to a more scalable and reliable Web
database architecture for the future. Selected for its competitive
pricing and performance levels, this deployment will allow Stesud to
run its existing applications, in addition to new ones that it
previously would have been unable to support.

   "Our customers expect and demand the highest levels of software
availability and performance imaginable, considering that Stesud's ERP
solution is central to the functioning of major businesses and even
governments," said Benoit Lemaire, CEO of Stesud. "Java-based
GlassFish was the first piece of the puzzle we identified to meet our
stringent new infrastructure requirements. As soon as Sun acquired
MySQL, we decided to employ it as our new database rather than Oracle.
With Sun behind both GlassFish and MySQL, it was the best open source
infrastructure combination for our needs and for our customers'
operations."

   Wotif.com, a leading Web site for business and leisure travelers
to find last-minute discount bookings, selected Sun's MySQL database
and GlassFish Enterprise Server to accommodate the site's growing user
base. With more than three million users visiting the site on a
monthly basis and 200,000 making travel reservations each month,
Wotif.com needed a highly scalable and reliable platform to power its
site. After evaluating several open source providers, Wotif.com
selected Sun technology after a slew of tests the company ran,
demonstrating the solutions' stability and performance capabilities.

   GlassFish, an enterprise-quality Java(TM) EE 5 application server
that offers advanced clustering, centralized administration, and
best-in-class performance is one of the leading open source
application servers in the industry today. MySQL is one of the world's
most popular open source database software. Many of the world's
largest and fastest-growing organizations use MySQL to save time and
money powering their high-volume Web sites, critical business systems
and packaged software. For more details on these products, visit:
http://www.glassfish.org and http://www.mysql.com.

   As a proud sponsor of global Software Freedom Day on September 20
(http://softwarefreedomday.org/about), Sun is calling for community
members and Sun employees across the world to participate in a global
education program designed to improve awareness around the importance
and benefits of open source technologies. These technologies include
OpenSolaris(TM), OpenOffice.org(TM), Open JDK, NetBeans(TM), MySQL,
GlassFish, PostgreSQL and OpenSPARC(TM). For more on Sun's open source
offerings and Software Freedom celebration, please visit:
www.sun.com/softwarefreedom.

   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, MySQL, Java, GlassFish,
OpenSolaris, OpenOffice.org, NetBeans, OpenSPARC and The Network Is
The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun
Microsystems, Inc. and its subsidiaries, in the United States and
other countries. All SPARC trademarks are used under license and are
trademarks or registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in
the United States and other countries. Products bearing SPARC
trademarks are based upon an architecture developed by Sun
Microsystems, Inc.

Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Alex Plant, 415-786-3451
alex.plant@sun.com

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