3/19/2004 - The advanced technology used by the Chicago Tribune is about to receive an upgrade from Sun Microsystems [NASDAQ: SUNW], AT&T [NYSE: T] and Nortel Networks* [NYSE/TSX: NT] to help ensure continued, on-time delivery for millions of its readers and advertisers.
Chicago Tribune Company, a subsidiary of Tribune Company, [NYSE:TRB], has selected Sun Microsystems, Inc., AT&T and Nortel Networks to deploy an enterprise continuity solution that will replace various servers and some mainframe equipment, providing greater security and reliability while reducing costs and complexity. The solution will link two Chicago sites, ensuring reliable access and real-time "mirroring" of data and applications.
Leveraging the alliance of three leaders in the networking and technology industry, the Chicago Tribune will be able to consolidate and protect its business-critical applications, including the production of the newspaper's editorial and advertising content, customer service and billing, warehouse management, production planning and management, and customer data. The new solution is expected to bring a high level of reliability and system availability.
"As our customers increasingly rely on the technology that supports their business strategies, Sun has continued to develop and deliver solutions that provide optimal performance, increased system availability and improved response times," said Scott McNealy, president, chairman and chief executive officer, Sun Microsystems. "Our Solaris Operating System offers the reliability, simplicity and affordability required by companies such as the Tribune."
"With this project Chicago Tribune is responding to changing market demands and is leading the media industry in the use of advanced technology solutions," said Darko Dejanovic, vice president and chief technology officer, Chicago Tribune Company and Tribune Publishing Company, which also owns the Los Angeles Times, New York Newsday and 11 other leading daily newspapers. "We're taking a leading position to further ensure uninterrupted service to our customers, while decreasing costs and improving operational efficiencies." Chicago Tribune Company will be one of the first companies to deploy this innovative solution to lower costs, mitigate risk of business disruption and maintain access to mission-critical applications.
"The integrated AT&T Ultravailable[R] Computing business continuity solution was a perfect fit for the Tribune Publishing Group because of the high levels of reliability and flexibility it offers," said Pat Traynor, vice president, Network Integration, AT&T. "As a leader in Network Integration, we have formed alliances with best-in-class providers, including Sun and Nortel Networks, to leverage their specialist knowledge making it easy for customers to get a one-stop solution for their business continuity and complex networking needs."
"The joint enterprise continuity solution truly represents an industry breakthrough in that it offers unprecedented levels of business continuity," said Brian McFadden, president, Optical Networks, Nortel Networks. "This new computing model allows enterprises of all sizes to break through barriers to productivity and leverage the power of optics to extend their computing and storage applications over industry-leading distances and ensure geographic resiliency."
Chicago Tribune's new infrastructure will consist of two Sun Fire 15K servers running Sun Cluster 3.1 software and Sun's Solaris 9 Operating System. The solution has the capability of spanning more than 400 kilometers and has the potential to link into Sun's N1 Grid software.
Key to the solution is AT&T Ultravailable® Computing, a fully managed service that integrates a private, high-speed, highly reliable metropolitan area network with Sun's systems to help ensure uninterrupted access to critical data and applications. The network leverages Sun Cluster software and the DWDM-based Nortel Networks OPTera Metro 5200 Multiservice Platform.
Traditionally, clustered systems have been able to provide high levels of systems availability, as long as the complete cluster system was located close together, which was either prohibitively expensive or resulted in the servers being unable to operate across remote sites.
Customers looking for the reassurance offered by multiple site operations traditionally used an "active-passive" configuration, meaning one server was in operation while one would be on standby. It would take some time for the second server to come online. However, by leveraging the Sun, AT&T and Nortel Networks alliance, the Chicago Tribune Company is able to cost-effectively deploy an "active-active" distance clustering approach, providing it with a more efficient use of resources, and allowing it to quickly restore operations in the event of a disaster at the primary site.
About Chicago Tribune Company
Chicago Tribune Company publishes the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper with readership of nearly 2 million daily and nearly 3 million on Sunday. The company also operates related developing media businesses serving Chicagoland, including the weekday RedEye edition. Chicago Tribune is the founding publication of Tribune Company (NYSE: TRB), one of the country's premier media companies, operating businesses in broadcasting, publishing and on the Internet.
For more than 125 years, AT&T (NYSE "T") has been known for unparalleled quality and reliability in communications. Backed by the research and development capabilities of AT&T Labs, the company is a global leader in local, long distance, Internet and transaction-based voice and data services.
About Nortel Networks
Nortel Networks is an industry leader and innovator focused on transforming how the world communicates and exchanges information. The Company is supplying its service provider and enterprise customers with communications technology and infrastructure to enable value-added IP data, voice and multimedia services spanning Wireless Networks, Wireline Networks, Enterprise Networks, and Optical Networks. As a global company, Nortel Networks does business in more than 150 countries. More information about Nortel Networks can be found on the Web at www.nortelnetworks.com.
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- 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
Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, Sun Fire, N1 and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
* Nortel Networks and OPTera are trademarks of Nortel Networks. Use of the terms "partner" and "partnership" does not imply a legal partnership relationship between Nortel Networks and any other party.
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