Sun ONE Platform Enables Teachers to Share Resources and Collaborate via the Web

10/16/2002 - Sun Microsystems has contributed Sun solutions, including Sun hardware and SunTM ONE technology, valued at more than $250,000 to the National Education Association (NEA), which will be used to power and manage the NEA's content management system project. Comprising of four Sun FireTM V880 servers, a Sun BladeTM 100 workstation, SolarisTM PC Netlink, the SolarisTM 8 Operating Environment and Veritas Volume Manager, this contribution marks Sun's continued commitment to advancing the learning environment for teachers, students and education administrators by delivering key technology resources to the education community.

The NEA has 2.7 million members across the U.S. - representing most of the nation's teachers - who work at every level of education, from pre-school to university graduate programs. Devoted to the development of public education, these teachers rely on NEA to collaborate with their peers and share content such as exemplary lesson plans, learning experiences and best classroom practices. Sun's technology donation helps NEA to cost effectively meet the needs of the education community by enabling reliable and scalable access to content and resources that are critical to improving today's learning environment.

"As the education community today faces increasingly stringent budget constraints, the need for collaboration and creating a useful learning environment remains a higher priority than ever before," stated Reg Weaver, NEA president. "Sun has stepped in to help NEA meet the education community's unique needs by offering innovative and open technology solutions that will provide a scalable foundation for our web project." "Sun's open, optimized and customizable solutions deliver the benefits of a powerful integrated Web solution to the U.S. teaching community," said Kim Jones, vice president of global education and research at Sun Microsystems, Inc. "By helping teachers, students and administrators collaborate and share materials more effectively using the Web, our relationship with the NEA exemplifies the best of what technology can offer to this industry."

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