Plexus Corporation, an electronic manufacturing services company, is utilizing Sun Fire servers powered by AMD Opteron processors to help provide a complete menu of value-added design and manufacturing services to its customers. The ease of installation and configuration, the low heat output and the low cost of the Sun Fire servers were key in Plexus' decision to implement, and has stated the performance is 'quite frankly awesome'.
A new order was recently placed by Procuri for additional Sun Fire servers powered by AMD Opteron processors to be used in Procuri's TotalSource On Demand solution for the storage and management of sourcing documents. Procuri, last year's winner of the 2005 Meritorious Supplier Performance Award, depends on high performance for its true, multi-tenant, Software-as-a-Service delivery environment. Procuri's customers require high availability of documents related to sourcing events managed within this leading edge On Demand solution, and Procuri chose Sun's Sun Fire servers to fill this critical role and improve the performance of its solution.
Ramtron International Corporation
Ramtron International Corporation, a leader in the supply of mixed-signal integrated circuit solutions enhanced by FRAM memory, selected Sun's data management technologies to upgrade its mission critical projects and designs database. The existing system was in need of an upgrade due to scalability and performance limitations. The Sun NAS architecture provided the scalability and price/performance ratio required by Ramtron's business needs. An added bonus was Sun's world class support organization and the Sun StorEdge NAS appliance's ability to support a mixed Linux and UNIX environment through an attractive fiber channel raid controller interface when compared to the likes of HP, EMC, and NetApp.
SaskTel, the leading full service communications company in Saskatchewan, has renewed its three-year Sun Java Enterprise System subscription to expand its growing service offering and provide increased functionality for its customers. With greater access to and easier control of information, internal and external administrative services are streamlined as more capability of the Java ES is utilized.
State of Michigan
The State of Michigan consolidated over 15 servers onto two Sun Fire servers based on UltraSPARC processors running the Solaris 10 OS. With the systems, the State of Michigan has enhanced its existing IT production environment with a disaster recovery solution and is able to provide business development, employment and training services to its constituents. Sun Services is engaged for application migration, consolidation and disaster recovery implementation as well as training and support for the solution. The State of Michigan selected the Sun Enterprise Consolidation Solution for its reliability, performance and the advantages delivered with domain partitioning over the previous horizontal computing model.
Tata Sky Ltd.
Tata Sky Ltd., the joint venture between TATA and STAR, is using Sun's Solaris 10 OS and Sun Fire servers based on UltraSPARC IV+ processors to provide IT Infrastructure solutions and support for the launch of the company's direct-to-home (DTH) television service in India in mid-2006. Tata Sky is investing in building a high quality digital infrastructure in the country to offer a superior television viewing experience to Indian households. The service will enhance the choice for viewers looking for the best of pay television services in the country. Tata Sky aims to become India's largest digital television platform, offering consumers a wide array of programming choices with interactive features and superior picture and sound quality.
Techbook, a leader in content transformation, is leveraging Sun Microsystems to help customers uncover new digital revenue opportunities and efficiently turn static data into dynamic digital content. Selected for its ability to provide investment protection as well as a comprehensive solution, Sun is delivering Sun storage technologies, Sun Fire servers based on UltraSPARC processors, and Sun StorEdge Enterprise Backup Server (EBS) to Techbook. The technology will connect heterogeneous servers and operating system clusters to the Sun storage solution, helping customers meet their business objectives through more efficient content management processes.
TIM Hellas S.A.
TIM Hellas Communications S.A. selected Sun Microsystems to improve business processes and help better serve its 2.3 million customers in Greece. The company is cutting costs by migrating away from HP Alpha servers and consolidating its data center with UltraSPARC IV processor-based Sun Fire servers running the Solaris OS. The company is also creating a new cost-effective billing system for its customers based on Oracle and leverages Sun Java Enterprise System. Also as part of the deal, Sun Services will provide application readiness, clustering and Oracle HA (high availability) migration consulting as well as installation services and a three-year support agreement.
UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, chose Sun to consolidate its servers in a virtualized environment to increase efficiency and flexibility, and reduce operational costs. UGS is leveraging the unique Solaris Containers inherent in the Sun Solaris 10 OS as a key component of its IT virtualization strategy. Utilizing Sun Fire servers based on UltraSPARC processors and Sun Fire servers powered by AMD Opteron processors, UGS created a grid that allows the company to easily deploy, isolate and move applications in order to optimally prepare and respond to business cycle-induced surges in demand.
University of Notre Dame
The University of Notre Dame is deploying a high-performance computing (HPC) grid of over 290 Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor-based Sun Fire x64 servers. The grid will have two functions: supporting the Center for Research Computing, a central facility within the University of Notre Dame that supports research computing; and supporting Notre Dame's involvement in the Northwest Indiana Computational Grid, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-funded initiative between Purdue, Notre Dame and Argonne National Lab which brings significant storage and compute cycles to the northwest corner of Indiana. A crucial factor in Notre Dame's selection was Sun's Customer Ready Systems (CRS) organization. Sun CRS took the responsibility of building and deploying the grid, with minimal investment required by the Notre Dame staff.
University of Southern California
The University of Southern California (USC) Center for High-Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) added 512 of Sun's dual-core Sun Fire servers to its powerful supercomputer cluster. The new x64 servers are in addition to the 360 dual-core Sun Fire servers that USC has already deployed. The USC supercomputing server cluster currently is ranked the 24th-fastest supercomputer in the world on the Top500(R) list.
W.W. Grainger, Inc.
W.W. Grainger, Inc., North America's leading business-to-business industrial distributor, went live this quarter with the world's largest SAP instance relying on Sun's Client Solutions services and its SPARC/Solaris OS infrastructure. The solution includes over 350 Sun servers. Sun partnered with Grainger to plan, architect and roll out the solution over a single weekend.
Yokogawa Europe, a world leader in industrial automation and control, test and measurement, information systems, and industry support, selected Sun's data management technologies to create and implement a new, easy-to-manage storage solution for its project files and Microsoft(R) Exchange(R) environments. Sun is building the system based on four NAS appliances with 4-8 terabytes each. To share and protect the data between the four locations, Sun StorageTek File Replicator over distances of at least 50km will be implemented. Yokogawa Europe selected Sun due to its incomparable combination of leading technology, storage consulting expertise and proven price/performance.
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