2/27/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc., previewed its response to customers' need for greater simplicity, predictability and affordability of enterprise computing environments with a new product and business strategy, code named Project Orion. Based on two decades of releasing world-class enterprise software, Project Orion will dramatically simplify the acquisition, deployment and operation for all of Sun's award-winning enterprise infrastructure software. With Project Orion, Sun converges the company's software offerings into a predictable, scheduled quarterly release of an integrated software system distributed on Solaris[tm], Solaris for x86 and Linux.
Project Orion leverages Sun's proven competency in developing and releasing large-scale systems software, best demonstrated by its multi-platform Solaris operating system. The effort will align the integration, testing and release of all of the company's software products and pricing models, thereby helping customers to easily deploy either a fully pre-integrated software system, or selected components of the system with dramatically less expense and complexity. This alignment process frees IT organizations from having to staff similar release or distribution teams within their enterprises; driving software system lifecycle cost out of IT operations, yielding expense savings, availability, uptime and predictability. Project Orion also allows customers to select best-of-breed components from Sun's partners if they so choose.
"Project Orion changes the way Sun does business so our customers can profit more from the way they do business," said Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president of Software, Sun Microsystems. "We've heard consistently that CIOs are tired of handling the integration role for the operating environment. They want us to engineer the complexity out, drive standards and interoperability, and get the costs down. We're leading the industry in delivering the most affordable, complete and interoperable operating environment, on multiple platforms, and at prices that bring carrier-grade scale and industry-open standards to all customers, large and small."
"The integrated approach of Project Orion is a step in the right direction by Sun to reduce the complexity of our computing environment," said Kim Ross, CIO, Nielsen Media Research.
Project Orion comprises three industry leading breakthroughs:
The spectrum of software included in Project Orion will span Solaris and Linux at the core with a common Java[tm] runtime environment that integrates web services infrastructure technologies, such as application servers and portals; Microsoft-interoperable email and communications; Liberty-enabled directory and identity; Grid engine, streaming media, storage management, availability monitoring technologies, and clustering.
"This is definitely the right direction; Sun has a track record of shipping a high-quality Solaris OS," said Gary Horn, Manager, Network Services, Advocate Health Care. "If Sun delivers on Project Orion, Advocate Health Care will see a real benefit that will allow us to simplify our own design complexity and process."
"Sun has taken another step in the right direction with Project Orion," said Curt Smith, General Manager, Managed Information Systems, SaskTel. "Consistent, regular delivery of Sun's enterprise infrastructure software will help SaskTel deliver reliable, innovative, easy-to-use services to our customers."
About the Solaris Operating System
The Solaris Operating System (SolarisOS) is the premiere OS for the enterprise. The Solaris OS is the leading UNIX(r) platform operating system with Sun servers owning 54 percent worldwide UNIX market share in shipments and 34 percent worldwide UNIX revenue share, according to Gartner Dataquest's third quarter 02 Servers Quarterly Statistics.
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer[tm]" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com
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