Hundreds of new customers around the world join Sun in the network services revolution

Santa Clara 28 July 2004Sun Microsystems Inc. has highlighted more than 30 of the hundreds of customers worldwide who chose Sun to reduce costs and simplify their network computing environments. From financial services companies such as CLSA Asia-Pacific, to major airline carriers such as Air Canada, to leading academic institutions including the George Washington University, organisations throughout the world and across numerous industries, such as health care, are benefiting from Sun's open, secure and affordable systems.

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"Our network computing vision and strategy are resonating well with our customers", stated Anil Gadre, chief marketing officer, Sun Microsystems Inc. "Sun is expanding its global footprint and working with new and existing customers around the world to remove costs from their business and help them better leverage IT to deliver value to their own customers. We're monetizing those opportunities as we execute against our plan to achieve financial goals for FY05."

"The George Washington University is building much of its next-generation computing environment on Sun software and hardware technologies, with Sun consultants playing a key role in putting together all of the pieces", stated David Swartz, chief information officer, the George Washington University. "Our selection of Sun was on the basis of its long-term technology strategy, allowing us to deliver leading-edge solutions to faculty, students and administrators."

"Hitachi Data Systems ultimately selected Sun on the basis of two criteria", stated Sean Godfrey, IT director, Hitachi Data Systems. "First of all, Sun's identity management solution enables true single sign-on access. Second, the provisioning capabilities within Sun Java System Identity Server software provide leading-edge functionality that exceeds any other solution offering in the market place today."

Some of the many customers purchasing new Sun systems for their price performance, security and interoperability in the fourth quarter include a number of health care institutions. Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is a technology expert in the supply of smart cards, systems and solutions for telecommunications, electronic payment transactions, transportation, health, ID, loyalty and multimedia applications, as well as Internet security (PKI). G&D is also a provider of banknotes and securities as well as currency processing equipment. Using Sun's Java Card technology, Giesecke & Devrient realized the Taiwan Health Care project 2002/2003, the world's largest Java Card project with more than 24 million cards. By designing a highly secure, interoperable smart card and security solution, Giesecke & Devrient offers its worldwide clientele an expanded range of easy-to-use and manageable products and services. This allows for the deployment of faster time-to-market smart card solutions, resulting in additional revenue opportunities.

At the Klinikum Nurnberg, Sun implemented a highly available, secure and scalable IT-infrastructure for the hospital-wide use of SAP's enterprise resource planning application based on two Sun Fire V480 servers, two Sun Fire V880 servers and the Sun StorEdge 9980 high-end data centre storage system.

The National Research Council of the Canadian Bioinformatics Resource is a distributed network of collaborating institutes, universities and individuals across Canada dedicated to the provision of bioinformatics services to Canadian researchers. The NRC's Canadian Bioinformatics Rescue (CBR) is an early adopter of the Sun Fire E20K enterprise system. Replacing two older enterprise class systems, NRC-CBR chose the Sun Fire E20K server for its tremendous scalability and throughput computing potential. This Sun solution is a high-performance, high-end data center that supports the NRC-CBR with its chip multi-threading technology. With new fault management technology, the Bioinformatics Grid offers extended service uptime and enhanced system manageability, all with a reduced cost of ownership. NRC-CBR installed Sun GridEngine Enterprise Edition test grid across Canada at select member sites.

Looking to capitalize on new revenue opportunities while driving down total cost of ownership, NDCHealth Corporation, a global health care information solutions provider, selected Sun and its Sun Java Enterprise System software for its T-Rex One Enterprise, an innovative work flow solution for pharmacy chains. NDCHealth chose Sun because it understood its business best and demonstrated a long-term commitment to the success of T-Rex One Enterprise, which offers pioneering central database and work flow features. Currently, Sun Services is working with NDCHealth on designing a network services infrastructure powered by various components of the Sun Java Enterprise System, including Sun Java System Access Manager, Sun Java System Directory Server, and Sun Java System Web Server products, and Java web services residing on Sun Fire servers running the Solaris 9 OS connected to Sun StorEdge systems.

Sun's leading role in Canadian bioinformatics, health and life sciences research continues with the implementation of a bioinformatics cluster at the Ottawa Health Research Institute (OHRI). OHRI is the research arm of the Ottawa Hospital, and a major part of the University of Ottawa Faculties of Medicine and Health Science. Through the OHRI's Bioinformatics Team, more than 300 scientists and investigators, 300 students, and 500 support staff will have access to a full range of Sun Fire, UltraSPARC and StorEdge technology. Sun's technology will help facilitate future successes for one of the fastest growing and most respected hospital-based research institutes in Canada.

The University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine Sun Center of Excellence for Visual Genomics has upgraded its Sun Fire 6800 server to a Sun Fire 6900 server. This increases the storage and graphics capabilities for the Java 3D API-enabled CAVE. With four additional terabytes of storage and the addition of a 24 CPU SPARC cluster, the Center of Excellence continues to develop and remain a leader in bioinformatics research. As well, with the addition of 75 Sun Ray thin clients for the undergraduate students, the Canadian Bioinformatics Resource in Alberta is able to expand its network of universities and government research laboratories across Canada.


Leslie Versweyveld

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