The Alternative Desktop
The Sun Java Desktop System, the companys "alternative desktop" strategy, is also priced at $100 per user per year and includes service, support, software and training. This desktop is based on open source software from GNOME to Mozilla, StarOffice, Ximian Inc.s Evolution and Linux. But van den Hoogen declined to say what standard version of Linux will be used, adding that this will not be announced this week. While there will be no volume discounts, customers who buy the Java Enterprise System and want the Java desktop solution as well can get it for an additional $50 per employee per year. "So, for $150 a year, customers get solutions for the server and desktop," she said.The Java Studio system, which is the new name for all the developer tools, will come in an Enterprise Edition, the development environment for developers to develop to the Java Enterprise System. There will also be a desktop version. Pricing for the Enterprise Edition is expected to be around $2,000 a seat; if the customer buys the Java Enterprise system, the cost would be an additional $5 per employee. At this time, Sun is only giving directional guidance around its plans for the Java Mobility System, which is targeted at the major carriers and content providers, as Java is pervasive in that space. The same applies to the Sun Java Card System, which is already being used by some 500,000 people globally; Sun is now putting together a system for them, she said. "But the pricing for these and what is in them will not be announced now, but further details can be expected within the next three to six months," she said. Sun on Tuesday will also announce Sun N1 CenterRun. Executives will talk about the cost-savings that the more than 60 N1 customers, including Cingular Wireless and VeriSign, have already had by moving to the N1 model, van den Hoogen said. Discuss this in the eWeek forum.
Sun has simplified "every facetall the integration, all the pricing. This is an integrated and integratable solution. Its also a single SKU, which simplifies the order process," she added. Many of its customers are running a range of legacy systems, and Sun does not expect them to just throw those out overnight. "This is another option for them over time. It is not our goal to declare that ours is the only way," van den Hoogen said.