/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) today
announced that Allied Irish Bank (AIB), one of Ireland's largest banking and
financial services organizations, a significant private sector employer and
one of Europe's largest indigenous companies, will migrate 7,500 desktop users
and transition branch dependent applications across its entire branch network
to the Sun Java(TM) Desktop System.
This agreement, in collaboration with Horizon Open Systems, represents the
largest financial services enterprise deal for the Java Desktop System, a
comprehensive, secure and highly affordable desktop solution, since its
availability in December 2003.
AIB branch staff in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the
United Kingdom will transition to the Java Desktop System during 2005 as part
of the rollout by AIB of its New Branch Banking Platform (NBP). AIB chose the
Java Desktop System for its integrated client environment based on open source
components and industry standards. In addition, Sun's Services organization
will provide technology consulting, support and education services to
complement the Java Desktop System implementation.
"The global momentum for the Java Desktop System continues at a rapid pace
because of its affordability, enhanced security and manageability, and
interoperability," said Curtis Sasaki, vice president, Desktop Solutions at
Sun. "We are very pleased to have AIB as a client of Sun and see growing
demand in the financial, education and government markets. With Java Desktop
System Release 2, the enhanced manageability enables CIOs fine grain
configuration and access to the desktops."
Sun has seen an unprecedented worldwide increase in demand for alternative
desktop technologies. The Java Desktop System has seen tremendous momentum,
including recent government agreements with the People's Republic of China and
the United Kingdom, and is now available on Microtel PCs from the world's
largest retailer. Sun's StarOffice productivity suite, a key component of the
Java Desktop System, is also gaining increased momentum in the worldwide
retail space with two million copies sold by German partner, Markement, and a
multimillion dollar deal with
SOURCENEXT Corporation, a leading Japanese
computer products distributor, to provide the Japanese version of
StarOffice(TM) software, StarSuite 7, to 25,000 retail locations in Japan and
via Internet downloads. In addition, StarOffice software is migrating
thousands of users in India where Sun has reached a landmark agreement with
the Indian state government of Haryana and secured a 10,000-seat win with the
United India Insurance Company.
And with over 1,500 developers signed up to certify their applications on
Java Desktop System, a wide range of communications, collaboration,
entertainment and productivity solutions further the market reach and
The Java Desktop System 2, which shipped in May 2004, is designed to lower
computing costs and reduce desktop management complexities while providing a
familiar and secure environment. Key features of the Java Desktop System
include Sun's StarOffice productivity suite, a familiar look and feel and file
and printing interoperability. The Java Desktop System is available on Linux
and is scheduled to be available on the Solaris(TM) Operating System and on
thin-client solutions from Sun.
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Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a leading
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