Sun Gains Market Share

10:20:45 - 27 April 2005

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (www.sun.com) closed out CY2004 with strong customer momentum in the high performance and technical computing (HPTC) market and solidified itself as the number one vendor in unit market share for the fifth consecutive quarter according to the latest research from IDC.

"With its emphasis on maximizing data center utilization and value, grid computing continues to move into the mainstream," said Peter ffoulkes, group director, high performance and technical computing marketing, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Sun's range of servers powered by AMD Opteron processors fueled Sun's growth in overall unit market share on a year-over-year (Y/Y) basis as the company exited 2004 more than 15 share points ahead of its nearest competitor.

The company's strong performance is the result of its investment in the Solaris 10 operating system, the continued expansion of its Sun Fire x64 product range, and providing its customers with options to include Linux distributions in their HPTC data centers.

Deployments of Sun's Grid technology announced in 2004 spanned industries ranging from government to financial services to education. Notable wins included the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the Texas Advanced Computing Center, University of Leicester, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, University of Nottingham, and several others.


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