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Web Hosting Provider, Sun Microsystems, Debuts Online Olympic Games Application

Santa Clara , California – (The Hosting News) – August 7, 2008 – Technology firm and web hosting provider, Sun Microsystems, Inc., has released a new social networking game for Facebook, allowing fans of the 2008 Beijing Summer Games to compete online.

Engaging friends and countries, participants may compete by correctly predicting medal winners throughout this summer’s events. While Sun is not an official sponsor of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the application, MyPicks Beijing 2008, allows participants to pick Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners for each event during the Summer Games and win points for their country with each correct prediction.

Todd Fast, CTO of the zembly project at Sun noted, ”The spirit of the Games has always been about bringing the world closer together. So it’s fitting that social networking sites like Facebook – that easily connect people around the world – can be leveraged to create socially-driven applications such as MyPicks Beijing 2008.”

At the conclusion of the Games, the country with the highest point total will be declared the winner of the MyPicks Beijing 2008 Games. MyPicks Beijing 2008 is available on Facebook today at: http://apps.facebook.com/mypicksbeijing/Home. MyPicks Beijing 2008 was developed by Pramati Technologies using zembly, Sun’s new browser-based social application development environment. Released in private beta in June 2008, zembly is the world’s first social programming environment specifically designed for creating and hosting social applications targeting the most popular platforms on the web including Facebook, Meebo, OpenSocial, the iPhone and more. zembly utilizes Sun hardware on Network.com while taking advantage of Sun’s software stack – the Solaris 10 Operating System, GlassFish application server and MySQL database.

Vijay Pullur, Co-Founder and CTO, Pramati remarked, ”The zembly team is thrilled to work with Pramati technologies to enable new forms of applications for Facebook and demonstrate the exciting possibilities of zembly. Pramati Technologies is incredibly happy to work with zembly to provide Facebook users around the globe with a simple, exciting way to celebrate the 2008 Summer Games. By providing a complete hosted environment for creating and scaling social applications, zembly has created a new way for developers of all skill levels to easily build Facebook applications without the cost and complexity of hosting and managing the application themselves.”

The Sun Startup Essentials program is designed to help eligible U.S. based startup companies get to market faster while conserving cash. The program offers its members a range of discounted Sun products and services, including its award-winning Sun Fire x64 servers and Sun Fire servers with CoolThreads technology, and Sun’s select StorageTek line of products, including modular disk arrays, NAS and tape storage products.

In addition to offering products and services to eligible U.S. based members, Sun also is offering free technical advice via email and access to free software such as Apache, MySQL and Perl (AMP) optimized to run on the Solaris 10 OS. Program members can also select the web hosting infrastructure from Sun partners based on Sun technologies along with services they need, in case they choose not to build and operate the infrastructure themselves. Sun develops technologies designed to power comprehensive markets, in more than 100 countries.

For more information on zembly, please visit: www.zembly.com.
To learn more about Sun’s Startup Essentials program, visit: www.sun.com/startups.