7/1/2002 - With a clear focus on lowering total cost of ownership (TCO), Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), and Oracle Corporation (Nasdaq: ORCL), today announced that their Consolidate and Save program is helping customers worldwide significantly decrease the complexity and cost of their infrastructure, and contributing to multi-million-dollar savings for companies such as BT, Corporate Express and Littlewoods. Through joint migration and consolidation services and trade-in offerings, Sun and Oracle are enabling customers to achieve higher application performance, round-the-clock availability, and investment protection.
"The server consolidation strategy recommended by Sun enabled us to harness our phenomenal business growth and thrive," said Andy Miller, Vice President of Technical Architecture, Corporate Express. "What's more, with a smaller data center footprint, Corporate Express saved substantial operational costs. Considering this, the company fully recovered its investment in only 9 months."
Powered by decades of joint business and engineering collaboration, the Sun and Oracle alliance continues to offer complete, integrated, high-performance and secure solutions, which, unlike competing offerings, deliver a trusted methodology to build a stable and reliable environment. The Consolidate and Save program offers customers additional savings opportunities through trade-in programs, which enable customers to buy trade in competitive servers, databases and file systems.
There are two components to the competitive trade in offers from Sun and Oracle. The Oracle-Safe Switch program offers 100% trade-in credit on net database licenses from competing vendors. The Sun Upgrade Allowance Program provides a percent allowance off the list price of up to 25% on the purchase of a new Sun server when trading in older Sun or non-Sun servers.
Through professional services offerings from Sun and Oracle, customers can receive an assessment on the scope of consolidation that best fits their business's needs. These services include migration services for email, file systems, database, and hardware. The assessments can be followed with a design and test of the consolidation project, and finally implementation, where Oracle and Sun help with the migration management and deployment.
"Our customers are demanding the ability to consolidate their systems and decrease management complexity while adding increased reliability, availability and scalability," said Doug Kaewert, vice president of the Sun Developer Network group at Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Sun's products and services are already providing customers with the solutions they are demanding and our focused consolidation program with Oracle raises the bar in the industry for improving TCO."
"Consolidating and centralizing disparate servers gives you both long term and short term benefits," said Doug Kennedy, vice president, Platform Alliances, Platform Technologies Division, Oracle Corporation, "Not only does consolidating dramatically decrease long-term TCO, but you also have access to information - business intelligence - you wouldn't otherwise have if your data is spread around the world in separate databases. You save money and have a single source of truth for driving your business."
The Consolidate and Save programs are available now. Contact a Sun sales rep for more details on the Sun Upgrade Allowance Program and an Oracle rep for the Oracle Safe Switch program.
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