Sun, SAP Spice Up Alliance With Grid Tech

By Clint Boulton (Send Email)
Posted May 11, 2004


Sun Microsystems is ramping up its long-time alliance with SAP by providing grid computing infrastructure and services for the applications giant, in a deal to be announced Monday. Sun dipped a ladle into its N1 computing well Monday, hauling up grid infrastructure and services for partner SAP.

Called the Sun Infrastructure Solution for N1 Grid for SAP Solutions, the latest offering is aimed at lowering costs for customers looking to consolidate equipment in their data centers.

Santa Clara, Calif.'s Sun said its N1 Grid technologies will allow customers to manage multiple computers in a network as one by using virtualization to pool servers and storage. This will help SAP customers break from the costly tradition of using dedicated servers for one application.

The Sun Infrastructure Solution will make it possible for SAP customers to accelerate the separation of application to physical computer, providing more efficient use of hardware in their data centers. Moreover, on-the-fly provisioning will help ensure left over capacity can be reallocated to other applications in the network.

Schedule to be vailable June 1, Sun's Infrastructure Solution for N1 Grid for SAP Solutions includes hardware and software, services, a reference architecture, and an audit and certification program to make sure service level agreements are met, Sun said in a public statement.

In the package, Sun will provide servers and storage hardware, the Solaris Operating System, a complete storage-area network, the Sun Java Enterprise System, database software, and SAP application software. Sun experts will set up and test the solution, as part of the services component.

Sun rivals IBM, HP, and Dell are working to fill up their score cards with significant customer wins involving grid computing, which allows multiple computers and servers to work together on one task.

For Walldorf, Germany's SAP, choosing Sun seems to be a logical choice because of the companies' rich history. In March, the two concerns opened the Sun Excellence Center for SAP NetWeaver in Walldorf, Germany. Last year, the companies opened the Sun-SAP Joint Java Technology Center, in Walldorf.

The agreement, announced at SAP's annual Sapphire conference in New Orleans, is the second major technology extension for SAP of late. SAP boosted a long-standing relationship with Dell, as the two agreed to optimize Dell servers for SAP applications.

Terms of the deal, a prelude to Sun's next major technology launch, were not disclosed.

This article was originally published on internetnews.com.

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