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W. Hardy Launches New Online Training School for Sun Microsystems


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W. Hardy Interactive Launches Online Training System for Sun Microsystems

SAN FRANCISCO, CA [March 24, 2008] – W. Hardy Interactive today announced the launch of SunStudentCourses.com, an on-line training school for Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: JAVA). W. Hardy built the system using the popular open-source course management system, Moodle (www.Moodle.org), used by thousands of schools and universities across the world. W. Hardy also hosts the website on its high-availability servers at its facility in San Francisco.

In its initial launch, the website includes two comprehensive courses on Sun technologies including JavaFX and Solaris. Each is sponsored by teachers and training coordinators on staff at Sun Microsystems. Once enrolled, students can participate in courses by reviewing material, completing assignments, taking quizzes and if receiving a passing grade, obtaining a certificate. The system also allows students to collaborate (with each other and teachers) through forums and provides Sun staff with comprehensive reporting on course activity.

To achieve the goal of launching this new system using Sun technology exclusively, W. Hardy adapted the Moodle course management system to allow for deployment on Sun's operating system Solaris. "We had to overcome several hurdles to run the system with the Sun Java System Application Server and Solaris," states W. Hardy Interactive President Walter Hardy, "a series of innovations allowed us to succeed in deployment under this powerful software and server combination." SunStudentCourses.com also uses Sun's newly-acquired open source database, MySQL (www.MySQL.com) under the Solaris operating system.

Sun Microsystems, Inc. supplies network computing solutions, including servers, storage, software and services worldwide. Their products and services are used in a broad range of technical/scientific, business and engineering applications in industries including but not limited to telecommunications, government, financial services, manufacturing, education, retail, life sciences, media & entertainment, transportation, energy/utilities, and healthcare. They also offer component products, such as central processing unit chips and embedded boards on an original equipment manufacturer basis to other hardware manufacturers; and supplies after-market and peripheral products to their end-user installed base directly, as well as through independent distributors and value added resellers. The company has strategic alliances with AMD, Fujitsu, Google, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP, as well as with Laszlo Systems, Inc. among others. Sun Microsystems was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA. Sun is also located on the Web at www.Sun.com.

W. Hardy Interactive, Inc. creates powerful and sophisticated websites and web software products, offering consultation, technology partnerships and actively managed multi-platform hosting. Founded in 1995, W. Hardy Interactive has developed an expansive and loyal client following with interactive projects completed for Fortune 500 corporations, US Government departments and small businesses alike, including Sun Microsystems, IBM, TWA, the U.S. National Park Service, sportswear giant Arena North America and the first eco-tourism resort, Maho Bay Camps. For additional information please contact W. Hardy at (802) 609-1000.

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