Sun Systems Promise to Cut Customer Costs, Complexity
Sun is rolling out six new network computing systems that it claims will reduce costs and complexity for customersand will be more affordable than its competitors' solutions.Sun Microsystems Inc. on Tuesday will use its premier user show, Sun Network, to introduce six new network computing systems that will form part of the Sun Java System family. CEO Scott McNealy and Jonathan Schwartz, the network computing companys executive vice president for software, will announce in their keynote addresses at the San Francisco show the six systems: the Sun Java Enterprise System, formerly known as Project Orion; the Sun Java Desktop System, formerly known as Project Mad Hatter; Java Studio, designed for developers; Sun Java Mobility System; the Sun Java Card System; and Sun N1 for dynamic and utility computing, which retains its name and branding. "We believe that in order for the network to continue to grow, we need network computing infrastructurethe softwareto fuel that growth," Sun software director Ingrid van den Hoogen told eWEEK on Monday. "We believe that its going to take a new type of system to do that, and so we are going to be introducing six new systems on Tuesday morning. We have reduced the cost and taken out the complexity for customers, who will get a more simple solution."
Sun will also introduce its new pricing model for these systems, which will be based on a per-employee basis. The Sun Java Enterprise System will cost $100 per employee per year. Customers can cancel at any time: If this happens during the first two years, they will not be able to use the system or any of its components. But, after three years, customers can do a perpetual buy-out and get minimal service like bug fixes and the like.