6/19/2002 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced extensive customer support of Sun’s new software business model and recent product announcements. Recent Sun announcements—the integration of the Sun[tm] ONE Application Server with Solaris[tm] 9 Operating Environment software and the launch of the new Sun ONE Portal Server 6, combined with today’s announcements of the complete and the Sun ONE Developer Platform—provide customers the ability to take advantage of the power of Sun’s end-to-end infrastructure for delivering services on demand.
Consolidated Freightways, which operates one of the world's largest less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation networks, is utilizing the Sun ONE product portfolio to power transactions for shipments throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. "Here at CF, a modest investment in the Sun ONE product stack produced a 30% reduction in operation costs for the web systems; the payback period was approximately six months," said Larry Brown, IT Architect for Consolidated Freightways. "The adoption of the Sun ONE architecture, initial product implementation, and subsequent incremental improvements also allowed CF to develop and implement new applications to serve our customers that would have been very difficult and costly to do with the previous architecture. Our goal at CF is to reduce web delivery and development costs per customer by an additional 50%, while delivering a increasingly richer web interaction. We believe that the Sun ONE architecture and product stack is a key factor in reaching that goal."
"Market conditions dictate that those software providers that want to be leaders must move decisively to best leverage existing strengths and unify broad offerings," said Tyler McDaniel, Director at Hurwitz Group. "Sun is clearly focused on creating more momentum with its potent software strategy. The recent changes in Sun's software management structure, the unification of Sun's software products under the Sun ONE brand and the implementation of aggressive product strategies such as integrating Sun ONE Application Server into the Solaris Operating Environment all result in Sun creating a new inflection point in the market."
Sun ONE software customers span a variety of industries including financial, telecommunications, healthcare, government, manufacturing, real estate and entertainment. Industry-leading Sun software customers include: The American Hospital Association (AHA), AXA Financial, Inc., Bank of America, CB Richard Ellis, Consolidated Freightways, the National Hockey League, RosettaNet, the State of New Jersey, TELUS, TransCanada PipeLines Limited, and the US Army.
"Sun is delivering the technologies and services that provide our customers with greater competitive advantage in their industries and significantly impact their bottom-line," said Marge Breya, vice president, Sun ONE, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Companies are relying on Sun and their bets are paying off because they are finding they can protect and extend existing investments while developing Web service-based IT strategies that will grow their businesses."
The Sun ONE architecture is the integration of Sun's award-winning portfolio of software products (http://www.sun.com/sunone). Through its open, integrateable architecture, Sun ONE software extends current enterprise systems to help reduce costs and complexity while improving organizations' return on assets. The Sun ONE Application Server 7, Platform Edition, which was announced on May 22 and will be integrated with Solaris 9, Operating Environment and available free on Linux, Windows and HP/UX Operating platforms, is a pure representation of the Java[tm] 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE[tm] platform) reference implementation. This ensures that applications are more portable and have greater performance. Additionally, Sun ONE Portal Server 6, announced last month, will support the top three industry-leading J2EE technology application servers. This unmatched multi-platform support extends the ability of the Sun ONE products to interoperate in heterogeneous computing environments.
"The interoperation and integration character of the Sun ONE product portfolio played a key role in our choice of Sun; Sun champions open systems," said Larry Brown, IT Architect for Consolidated Freightways. "The fact that each Sun ONE product integrates with all Sun products, and those of other vendors, means that we can target ineffective systems for replacement and avoid having to rip and replace those effective in-place systems, saving us from investing significant amounts of time and money and giving us flexibility to move our infrastructure architecture forward incrementally with flexibility to IT changes."
The Sun ONE architecture provides developer tools and resources to accelerate the development of service-enabled IT infrastructures. The new Sun ONE Developer Platform offers developers an in-depth visual framework for better coordination among development teams. (See related release.) Also, today, Sun announced the general availability of release 4 of its Sun ONE Studio developer tools, which include support for end-to-end Web services, spanning mobile to enterprise development. (See related release.) In addition, today, Sun is adding new developer resources and user groups available on http://developer.iplanet.com and offers developers the Sun ONE Software Support Forum, whose membership is more than 14,000 strong.
"The innovative technologies and tools Sun ONE provides to developers has helped CB Richard Ellis build and deploy new applications and services at a rapid pace," said Gerrit Borg, Director of Application Support of CB Richard Ellis.
Customers require a software infrastructure that not only supports today’s applications, but also supports the evolution to the foundation for Web services and other future services of tomorrow. The Sun ONE architecture is a battle tested software platform that meets the needs of today, while laying the open foundation to support Web services and more in the future.
"Sun ONE Software enables American Hospital Association members to efficiently access the content they need, and ensures that our IT department can remove compatibility issues each time we roll out new applications and services," said Herman Baumann, AHA's executive director for strategic development. "For AHA, the Sun ONE platform provides measurable ROI today, the security and reliability we need, as well as a flexible solution that will anticipate and address our future business needs."
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