Sun Pumps $300 Million into New Dot-Com Initiative

SAN FRANCISCO (03/08/2000) - Sun Microsystems Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Scott McNealy will announce an initiative today called iForce, which the company describes as a far-reaching program to help businesses of all sizes move to the Internet.

The initiative gathers many of Sun's existing "dot-com" offerings under one umbrella and adds a series of new partnerships and programs to help get companies online. Sun said it will invest US$300 million to jump-start the program.

At the core of the iForce initiative is the iForce community, a collection of partners brought together by Sun to collaborate on creating new services and product offerings for customers. One program called the Sun Startup Accelerator aims to provide "elite" startup companies with access to a professionally managed development and testing environment to help kick-start their Internet-based business. The environment includes pre-configured Sun hardware as well as software from Sun, Oracle Corp. and iPlanet. The equipment will be hosted by service providers, including AT&T, Sprint and U.S. Internetworking, who will also offer data center management and other support services.

In a related announcement, iPlanet's E-Commerce Solutions introduced its "100 days to dot-com" program, designed to extend coverage of the iForce initiative to new partners and other platforms. More information about the iPlanet program is at http://www.iplanet.com/.

Sun, in Palo Alto, California, can be reached at +1-650-960-1300 or http://www.sun.com/.

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