Sun Gives Java Enterprise System License to Small Businesses

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2004-04-19 Print this article Print

A special promotional program will let companies with less than 100 employees sign up for a free, one-year runtime license for Sun's Java Enterprise System software.

Sun Microsystems Inc. officials on Monday will use its iForce partner summit in San Diego to announce a special promotional program to let companies with less than 100 employees sign up for a free, one-year runtime license for its Java Enterprise System software. That license, subject to certain criteria, terms and conditions, excludes outsourcing and service providers, government agencies, or educational institutions and does not include any support, service or maintenance. Details of the offer can be found here. Sun President and Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Schwartz and CEO Scott McNealy will also use the summit to announce that qualified iForce reseller partners can license Suns Java Enterprise System for $50 per employee per year and the Java Desktop System product for $25 per user per year.
That pricing compares with corporate pricing of $100 and $50 for the enterprise and desktop systems, respectively, per user per year as long as companies sign up all their staff for both products.
This pricing will enable qualified iForce reseller partners to better run their own businesses and reduce costs, John Loiacono, Suns executive vice president of software, told eWEEK. Sun will also provide further information on its per-citizen pricing plans, which will give national governments a complete network service delivery software system for a single annual price based on the number of citizens in the country and the countrys United Nations category of development, he said. "Our partners, like our customers, need simplified, predictable and affordable licensing for their infrastructure software. Partners who use our Java Systems software to run their businesses are in an excellent position to help their customers benefit from using it," Loiacono said. "And with our special promotion, by offering a free one-year software runtime license, companies with less than 100 employees can now get a jump-start on building the value-added service offerings their businesses need," he said. Sun has been aggressively pushing its Java Enterprise and Desktop systems. Late last month officials said the desktop system is now available preloaded on Microtel Computer Systems Inc. hardware, as well as for sale online at discount retailer Wal-Mart. Read "Sun Desktop Shines on Wal-Mart with Discount Boxes." In another move that emphasizes the growing importance of software at Sun, and on the same day Sun and Microsoft Corp. announced technical and legal agreements, Sun promoted then Executive Vice President of Software Jonathan Schwartz to president and chief operating officer. Read eWEEKs interview with Jonathan Schwartz. Check out eWEEK.coms Enterprise Applications Center at for the latest news, reviews, analysis and opinion about productivity and business solutions.
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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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