Sun Leads Traditional Workstation Market for 40th Consecutive Quarter

    August 25, 2004

Sun Marks 10 Years of Leadership With Continued Gains in Worldwide Workstation Revenue and Unit Market Share During the Second Quarter of 2004.

Based on market share data released by IDC, a leading provider of global IT research and advice, Sun Microsystems today announced its 40th consecutive quarter as the undisputed leader in Traditional Workstation (TWS) unit shipments and revenue with both quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year share increases. According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Workstation QView, Sun’s workstations represent 71.1% of all worldwide units shipped in the Traditional Workstation Market, gaining 1 market share point on a quarter-to-quarter basis and nearly 2 points on an annual basis. Sun workstations account for nearly 50% worldwide revenue market share in the traditional UNIX/RISC platform segment.

“Sun has demonstrated its commitment to Traditional Workstation customers through its ability to maintain its leadership position for 10 years, said Lloyd Cohen, Director of Worldwide Market Analysis for IDC. “Sun’s continued innovation and joint development on commodity components, including graphics cards, help to differentiate Sun from the competition and maintain such longevity in this market.”

For 10 years and counting, Sun has led the TWS market and continues to extend its lead based on strong demand for its Sun Blade 1500 and 2500 workstations running the Solaris OS. In addition, Sun is making it even more economical for customers to move off legacy platforms and buy Sun Blade and the new AMD Opteron processor-based Sun Java Workstations through trade-in programs and flexible pricing options. For instance, qualified customers can trade any Sun or competitive workstation and receive a trade-in allowance of up to 20 percent off the purchase price of a Sun Blade 1500 or Sun Blade 2500 workstation. Additionally, for a limited time, qualified developers can get a free Sun Java Workstation when they purchase a three-year subscription to Sun’s Java Development Tools.

“10 consecutive years of market leadership can only be attributed to listening to the needs of our customers and delivering the best possible technology and price-performance,” said Anil Gadre, chief marketing officer at Sun Microsystems, Inc. “Our success and commitment to developing innovative products is reflected in growing demand from customers across multiple industries, all who find tremendous value in the Sun Blade 1500, 2500 and the new AMD Opteron processor-based Sun Java Workstations running the Solaris OS.”

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