Sun Delivers GlassFish Portfolio, OpenSSO, OpenDS Open Source Software On Amazon EC2 Cloud

Sun's open source software infrastructure can be deployed quickly on Amazon EC2 to help build and secure cloud applications

April 23, 2009

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. " April 22, 2009 " Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) today announced that its GlassFish(TM) Portfolio and open source identity management offerings " OpenSSO and OpenDS(TM) software " are now available to customers, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and System Integrators (SIs) via the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Sun's open source software infrastructure can be deployed quickly on Amazon EC2 to help easily build and secure cloud applications and enable users to pay only for the infrastructure software services and capacity that they actually use. This is the first step in Sun's strategy to offer its portfolio of leading open source software on a variety of cloud platforms, including the Sun Cloud and Amazon EC2. For more information visit: and

With this announcement, customers, ISVs and SIs will have access to the Sun open source software infrastructure technologies they need to develop proof-of-concept and pilot applications in the Cloud, including: Sun GlassFish Portfolio, the most complete, open source, high-performance Web platform, based on GlassFish, the industry's most downloaded application server; Sun OpenSSO Enterprise, the single solution for Web access management, federation and Web services security; and Sun OpenDS Standard Edition, a comprehensive next generation directory service, based on LDAP and DSML standards. Companies can also leverage the OpenSolaris(TM) operating system and Sun's MySQL(TM) database, which are already available through Amazon EC2 and will soon be available on the Sun Cloud. The availability of Sun's open source software infrastructure on Amazon EC2 is the first phase of a multi-phased program to offer full support and indemnification for these products in the cloud.

"This is a first step in a long-term plan to offer the Sun open source software on popular cloud services, including EC2 and the Sun Cloud. Support for the Amazon EC2 environment provides another option for companies to access Sun's popular open source software technologies and can help shorten their product development and time to market," said Karen Tegan Padir, vice president of MySQL and Software Infrastructure at Sun. "By having access to Sun software in the cloud, companies can accelerate their projects without the overhead of staging large hardware environments."

"We are excited to be working with Sun to extend support for Sun's open source software to Amazon EC2," said Terry Wise director ofBusiness Development for Amazon Web Services. "We're pleased that the combination of Amazon EC2 and Sun can provide additional options to our mutual customers as well as extend software solutions to ISVs and SIs."

Running Sun open source software on Amazon EC2 eliminates infrastructure acquisition costs and hardware requisition delays prior to beginning a proof of concept or development effort. Companies can leverage the cloud for testing and troubleshooting integrations, saving the time and expense of installing and configuring Sun software in their labs. In addition, they can easily and cost effectively "rent" the compute power needed to complete a proof of concept and focus on deploying key services with minimal barrier to entry, thereby lowering total cost of product acquisition and speeding time to market for Sun supported production implementations.

"We are seeing an increased demand for cloud services from our clients," said Jim Guinn, II executive vice president, Partners Consulting, Solution Division. "We believe the Sun/Amazon relationship will allow us to rapidly develop proof of concepts for clients and pay for the hardware based on our specific needs. This, in turn, helps eliminate traditional operational dependencies that slow down projects and allows us to focus more on solving the core business needs of our clients."

"Expanding our relationship with Amazon Web Services will allow Sun to build out our software ecosystem and service the cloud market momentum for our clients," said Rick Farnell, director Global Alliances Sales, Sun Software Line of Business.

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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