U.S. Reseller Named Sun Microsystems' Authorized Java Center Service Location

Service Location Offers Expertise in Web-Based Solutions, Java-Based Kiosks and Message-Oriented Middleware

GLASTONBURY, Conn., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. brings the total of Authorized Java Center(SM) service locations to seven as it adds a new Sun Competency(SM) certified U.S. Reseller company to its list of service locations. The newest addition: The Allied Group in Glastonbury, CT actively participates in Sun's comprehensive channel initiative focused on providing Sun's U.S. resellers with the tools and technology necessary to develop and implement solutions using Java(TM) technology.

``Sun is extremely pleased at the pace and consistency with which resellers are adopting Java technology and innovatively integrating it into their development of applications and solutions,'' said Dick Bowman, vice president, U.S. reseller channel at Sun Microsystems, Inc. ``Our Authorized Java Center program is another example of how Sun and its U.S. resellers deliver customer solutions, based on the most progressive technology, to the enterprise.''

The Allied Group Inc. (www.theALLIEDgroup.com), an information technologies integrator, is one of a new generation of consultancies providing a total solution for hardware, software, database and Internet integration. The Allied Group Inc. is the developer of the industry's first kiosk that met Sun's 100% Pure Java certification standard and JavaBeans(TM) technology-based Toolkit. The Toolkit transitioned interactive kiosks from C/C++ language to the Java programming language, enabling developers to rapidly construct open-standard, cross-platform, kiosk solutions that leverage a client's enterprise computing architecture without disrupting its existing platforms. As an Authorized Java Center service location, The Allied Group Inc. will provide services to develop and deploy multi-tier applications using industry standards, with a focus on integrating legacy systems and databases. The Allied Group has already implemented Java technology solutions in a wide range of markets including, retail, insurance, and aerospace.

Sun U.S. resellers, who become Authorized Java Center service locations, are strategically positioned to guide companies through the five basic phases on ``The Road to Java(SM)'': Investigate, Evaluate, Architect, Pilot, and Implement. Each U.S. certified reseller delivers Java technology-based solutions in line with their expertise.

About Authorized Java Center Service Locations

Authorized Java Center service locations are run by third-party business allies and are authorized by Sun. Authorized Java Center service locations offer expertise in developing applications meeting Sun's 100% Pure Java certification standard, distributed object technologies and heterogeneous IT environments for customers interested in deploying Java technology solutions across the enterprise, or small business. For more information on a center, please visit the Java Center Web site at http://www.sun.com/javacenters.

About Sun Microsystems

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision, ``The Network Is The Computer(TM),'' has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc., to its position as a leading provider of high-quality hardware, software and services for establishing enterprise-wide intranets and expanding the power of the Internet. With more than $10 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 150 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://www.sun.com.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Julie Turkevich, 978/442-3156

julie.turkevich@east.sun.com

or

Burson-Marsteller for Sun

Karen H. Spiridellis, 212/614-4012

karen_spiridellis@bm.com