Global Customers Choose Sun Microsystems In Fiscal Q3

The Groningen District

The Groningen District in Holland is using Sun Ray thin client technology and the Solaris 10 OS in its innovative One Region Project. This wide ranging program includes government departments, schools, universities, hospitals, museums and libraries, job centers and seekers, as well as commercial companies and ultimately home users. Through the One Region Project, many users in the region of the Northern Netherlands will ultimately be connected securely to the Groningen Internet Exchange and retrieve their data using Sun Ray clients. With Sun Ray clients as the information desktop display, these users will be linked into a central data center. The aim of the program is not only to make the architecture cheaper, faster and more secure but it will also respond to the ongoing demand of using broadband services.

Hewitt Associates

Hewitt Associates, a global human resources outsourcing and consulting services company, is utilizing Sun storage and software to support the expanded integrated human resources business process outsourcing (HR BPO) services delivered to Hewitt's clients. Hewitt is leveraging the Sun StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager tape technology to maximize the use of its storage resources. Additionally, Hewitt is utilizing the Sun Java Enterprise System in its infrastructure software platforms, as well as the Solaris 10 OS.

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl), the world's largest commercial air cargo terminal, has deployed six Sun Fire servers based on the UltraSPARC T1 processor to better manage annually over 2.7 million tons and 200 billion USD of cargo. The Sun Fire servers will be deployed as development machines, and also play a key role in supporting mission-critical services. Hactl has a very strong IT culture and the organization has long viewed technology as a key competitive differentiator. It is now using Solaris Containers to virtualize its infrastructure to create an on-demand computing resources pool. Hactl has also long been a supporter of Java technology and believes firmly that the Sun Fire servers can optimize its Java enabled, web-tiered applications. The move was prompted by the price performance of the chip-multithreading servers.

Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research

The Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), in collaboration with the Java Italian Association (JIA), finalized an agreement with Sun to extend the knowledge of Java technology within Italian schools by providing online access to Java training courses for students and IT teachers. The project, called "Java a Scuola" (Java at School), is part of a framework of initiatives sponsored by MIUR to enhance the quality of teaching by applying multimedia technology. As the use and penetration of Java continues to grow, the Italian education authorities are keen that future generations of students are equipped with critical Java skill sets that will be demanded by businesses. The initiative builds on Sun's track record and commitment in effectively promoting the use of technology in education.

Lufthansa Systems

Lufthansa Systems, one of the leading IT-service providers for the airline and aviation industry was looking for a different solution to run application and database services additionally to mainframe. All requests on available flights, about 12 million transactions per day, now run on the Solaris 10 OS using Sun Fire servers powered by AMD Opteron processors. The software Lufthansa Systems uses is completely written in Java.

Mexican Ministry of Education

The Mexican Ministry of Education will be using more than 27,000 Sun Ultra(TM) 20 Workstations to help improve education in its public schools. As part of a US$400 million deal, Interconecta signed a five-year services contract with Sun to provide these workstations. The agreement, the largest education deal for Sun in Latin America to date, is a component of the Mexican Ministry of Education's national Enciclomedia project, which aims to offer computer technology to fifth- and six-grade classrooms in Mexico's national public school system.

Miquel Alimentacio Group

Miquel Alimentacio Group selected Sun Microsystems to create a platform for its new integrated management system. The company purchased Sun based on its superior technology as well as having a clearly defined product roadmap. The new platform has allowed Miquel Alimentacio Group to consolidate its storage information systems into a homogeneous environment based on Sun Fire servers using UltraSPARC processors running the Solaris 10 OS. The platform is completed with the Sun StorEdge technology.

Mitac Computer Ltd.

Mitac Computer Ltd. (Shunde), a subsidiary of Mitac Corporation, is leveraging Sun Microsystems to improve processes in its production plant. Sun is helping Mitac Computer (Shunde) Ltd. to centralize its data management based on Sun StorEdge technologies. The company cited Sun's ability to dramatically reduce IT costs and complexity as the primary factor in its purchasing decision.

Montreal Exchange

Montreal Exchange (MX), Canada's oldest and leading financial derivatives exchange, recently developed and implemented a leading-edge trading technology called SOLA(TM). To further enhance its computing capacity and energy efficiency, MX will migrate its infrastructure to Sun Microsystems' Sun Fire servers.

MX, also the technical operator for the Boston Options Exchange (BOX), will work with Sun to implement a high performance system comprised of over twenty Sun Fire servers, all running on the Solaris 10 OS and supported by Sun Spectrum and Installation services. This combination will provide both organizations with a fast, reliable, expandable and secure system to handle ever-increasing trading traffic, application development, testing and monitoring.

The new Sun IT infrastructure will run SOLA, a next generation trading solution which sets new benchmarks for performance and capacity. SOLA will run on Sun Solaris 10 for both MX and BOX production environments. MX will also expand the data storage capability, protection and availability for both exchanges with an end-to-end storage system based on Sun StorEdge SAN arrays.


NBCOlympics used Sun systems to provide network support and interactive technology to its website,, during the network's coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympics from Torino, Italy. The website provided up-to-the- minute TV listings, breaking news, feature stories, photo slideshows, videos, and more. Sun powered an SMS and e-mail notification engine that sent coverage times and event information directly to the in-boxes and cell phones of fans who registered. NBCOlympics used a combination of industry-standard Sun Fire UltraSPARC IV+-based systems and Sun Fire x64 (x86, 64-bit) servers powered by AMD Opteron processors. The servers run the open source Solaris 10 OS with Sun N1 System Manager to ensure maximum uptime, fault recovery and load management. The solution also employed Sun data management products to store and manage all the scores, video and other broadcast components.


Sun One Message ServerO2, the leading UK mobile operator, has deployed a Sun application-ready platform to support its recently launched i-mode service in three separate O2 data centers. Designed to meet the integration and development needs of O2's i-mode service, Sun, in conjunction with NEC, has delivered a scalable, reliable and secure infrastructure platform that has enabled O2 to maintain and increase its 25 million customer base and build sales traction with retailers and third-party content providers. Built on Sun Fire servers based on UltraSPARC processors, Sun StorEdge technologies and Sun Java System Messaging Server , O2's i-mode service supports 1.0 million mailboxes.


Parago has the simple goal of helping companies build relationships with their customers. The company designs, develops and manages marketing programs aimed at attracting new customers, establishing strong relationships, and encouraging long-term loyalty. Combining creative problem solving, technology innovation and sound business strategies, Parago delivers complete solutions that actually solve real marketing problems. As part of its never ending commitment to delivering world class solutions, the company recently added the new Sun Fire T2000 server based on UltraSPARC T1 processors to its infrastructure. "We effectively got half our data center back," said Michael Minichino, director of infrastructure, Parago. "Data center space is premium real estate. We had many large systems deployed in various capacities occupying rack space. Leveraging Sun's latest hardware offerings, including the Sun Fire T2000 server, in conjunction with Solaris Containers, we were able to reduce our footprint. The addition of the innovative CoolThreads(TM) technology to Sun's product list is exciting as it delivers a powerful enterprise-class Solaris OS platform at an attractive acquisition cost."

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