Sun Unveils Infrastructure Solution for N1 Grid for SAP Solutions
5/12/2004 - Deepening its global alliance with SAP AG, Sun Microsystems, Inc., announced the Sun Infrastructure Solution for N1 Grid for SAP® Solutions, a mix of products, technologies and services expertise to help SAP customers derive significant cost savings by further optimizing the infrastructure of its SAP solutions-based environment.
Leveraging Sun's Solaris Operating System and N1 Grid Container technology, dedicated servers located across the Network can be virtually pooled together to help enable customers to manage 'N' computers as '1', and curtail the practice of assigning dedicated servers for a single application. The Sun Infrastructure Solution provides customers the technology, methodology and guidance to help accelerate deployment of N1 Grid technology with reduced customization and faster time to value.
"Today's announcement demonstrates Sun's commitment to take the best technology on the planet to customers in a whole new way," said Marge Breya, senior vice president of marketing, global sales operations, Sun Microsystems. "This is a powerful example of Sun's unique approach to solving customers' business challenges through innovative technology synergies with our partners."
Added Breya, "The bond that ties Sun and SAP is our rock solid commitment to help SAP customers create a competitive business edge by attacking infrastructure cost and complexity, accelerating network service deployment, and increasing mobility with security."
Sun's Infrastructure Solution for N1 Grid for SAP Solutions, scheduled to be available June 1, includes:
- N1 Grid technology
Sun's N1 Grid technology is designed to allow multiple software applications to share a common pool of servers and storage resources. By opening up previously static relationships between hardware, applications, and the operating system, N1 Grid technology enables flexible provisioning of resources so that excess capacity can be available to power other applications in the virtualized Network.
- Solaris Operating System
The newest release of Solaris 9 OS builds on Sun's commitment to help customers drive down the cost of operations while delivering higher service levels. Additionally, Solaris Express allows customers early usage of new, innovative enhancements coming to future releases of the Solaris OS, including N1 Grid Containers, Dynamic Tracing (DTrace) and a cryptographic framework with process rights management. Such features can help system administrators achieve higher levels of utilization and performance, and offer tighter controls for system and data security.
- Sun N1 Grid for SAP Solutions Reference Architecture
The Sun N1 Grid for SAP Solutions Reference Architecture is a tested, tuned and fully documented implementation of an optimized SAP workload on the Solaris Operating System. Designed to drive out cost and complexity in the data center, the Sun N1 Grid for SAP Solutions Reference Architecture is based on Sun Fire servers, Sun StorEdge arrays, the Sun Java Enterprise System, SAP software and third-party infrastructure products.
- Proven best-practice and service methodologies
Sun expert consultants provide services to address all of the project phases in Sunís methodology including feasibility planning, assessment, architecture, implementation, and ongoing management of the environment. Sun N1 Grid Workshop for SAP Solutions, Sun N1 Grid Justification Review for SAP Solutions and Sun N1 Grid Architecture Service for SAP Solutions are three new service offerings in support of today's announcement to make it easy to sell and deliver globally consistent methodology and best practices.
- SunTone audit and certification
An audit and certification program to help customers ensure that their IT services meet the requirements for secure, available, and scalable services, and can also meet existing service level agreements. Today's news precedes NC04-Q2, Sun's next quarterly unveiling of new technology innovations that further improve the delivery of network services, and follows the March opening of the Sun Excellence Center for SAP NetWeaver in Walldorf, Germany. In 2003, the alliance celebrated the opening of the Sun-SAP Joint Java Technology Center, housed in the Sun iForce Solution Center for SAP, also in Walldorf.
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, Java, Sun Fire, StorEdge, Solaris, iForce and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. SAP, SAPPHIRE, SAP NetWeaver and all other SAP product and service names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and several other countries around the world.
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