This latest customer win, which was negotiated in partnership with Suns Irish partner Horizon Open Systems, represents "the largest financial services enterprise deal for the Java Desktop System" since it became available last December, said Curtis Sasaki, vice president of desktop solutions at Sun.
AIB branch staff in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom will transition to the new desktop system during 2005 as part of the rollout of AIBs new branch banking platform .
"We are very pleased to have AIB as a client and see growing demand in the financial, education and government markets," Sasaki said. "This deal follows recent government agreements with China and the United Kingdom."
Microsoft Corp. has lost other business from European customer recently. Earlier this month, the Norwegian city of Bergen said it plans to move 100 schools and 32,000 users away from its proprietary Unix and Microsoft Windows applications platform to Linux by the end of this year.
The German city of Munich also this month voted resoundingly in favor of its plan to switch to Linux from Microsoft Windows following a closed-door City Council meeting.
The city, which last May decided to develop a detailed conceptual implementation and migration plan for the move, has now started the process of putting the matter out for bids and receiving tenders, a source close to the decision told eWEEK recently.