Sun, Oracle Drive Down Costs of Collaboration

7/28/2003 - In tandem with the launch of Oracle's Collaboration Suite Release 2, Sun Microsystems, Inc., announced a joint effort to drive down total cost of ownership and improve reliability of collaboration for customers on Sun servers. Targeting the tens of thousands of customers running Oracle solutions on Sun servers, the companies organized joint sales training and telemarketing campaigns across three continents, introducing tools to help customers realize the benefits of low-cost computing by utilizing Oracle Collaboration Suite and Sun's StarOffice[tm] software.

"Collaboration applications are mission-critical for enterprises today," stated Steve Levine, vice president, Oracle Collaboration Suite Marketing. "Together, Oracle and Sun have armed their sales force with the tools needed to provide customers with a cost-effective, scalable and reliable collaboration platform."

Today's announcement builds on more than two successful decades of teaming on development to deliver customers platform scalability, security and reliability, and helps catapult Sun as a leading systems vendor in the enterprise-class collaborative services market.

"Oracle Collaboration Suite on Sun systems provides a solution that helps solve major issues for customers using enterprise messaging applications, especially cost, security, and complexity," said Stuart Wells, senior vice president, market development, Sun Microsystems. "At the same time, the interoperability and availability of StarOffice as an alternative office productivity suite allows customers to cut their tether to Microsoft's pricing schemes and frequent security breaches."

Oracle Collaboration Suite on Sun provides an integrated suite of applications that includes calendar, email, voice mail, search and Web conferencing capabilities, which can be accessed from the client's desktop, Web browser, PDA, telephone or wireless device. Oracle Collaboration Suite was developed on the Solaris[tm]/SPARC[tm] platform to help provide customers with investment protection and increased levels of security and scalability.

Additional benefits of Sun and Oracle development for collaboration include:

Oracle Collaboration Suite Release 2 arrives at the customer site complete with Oracle Database and Application Server technology. In addition, Sun offers migration services, hardware consolidation, an upgrade allowance, and trade-in programs to help provide customers with a quality, low-cost choice for servers.

For more information on Sun's Upgrade Advantage Program, please visit

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