Thursday Jul 02, 2009

TravelMuse Saves $200,000 in Licensing and Cuts Hosting Costs by 50% with Sun Solution


TravelMuse.com is a Web site dedicated to providing inspiration and end-to-end tools for planning vacations. Visitors can book reservations and use collaboration tools to make plans with others. In 2007, looking to bring their product to market, TravelMuse began the search for a high-performance IT architecture that was highly available, affordable and flexible while supporting rapid growth, interacting with third-party services, and supporting content in multiple formats.
Sun Customer TravelMuse
TravelMuse wanted to use open-source software supported by a third party. The company decided to build its architecture with Sun technologies which initially included Sun servers, the Solaris 10 Operating System, GlassFish Enterprise Server Version 2, MySQL 5.0 Community Server, and Java EE 5. TravelMuse simplified its IT administration by using products from a single vendor while also taking advantage of the synergies that exist between Sun products.

TravelMuse engaged NaviSite to host its hardware architecture and set up five virtual servers with Solaris containers on a Sun Blade 8000 Modular System with Sun Blade X8400 server modules. TravelMuse also recently switched from its initial third-party database administrator to the MySQL Enterprise Platinum Edition with support services from Sun, a move that reduced DBA support costs by two-thirds.

TravelMuse's choice of an open-source software solution saves the company an estimated $200,000 in licensing costs each year, and reduces its hosting expenses by 50% with Solaris Containers. The infrastructure has maintained 99.9% availability while growing fivefold over the last six months. “The Solaris 10 OS and GlassFish Enterprise Server are very stable systems that basically don't go down,” says Cyril Bouteille, vice president of engineering at TravelMuse. “If any issue does occur, the Solaris 10 OS provides more troubleshooting tools than its competitors.”

Check out the complete details here.

Friday Jun 19, 2009

UNC Chapel Hill Enhances Biomedical Research with Sun HPC System


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the nation's first state university, and a recognized leader in biomedical research. Many of the university's health sciences groups use high-speed applications for modeling and simulation, but wanted dedicated high-performance computing system resources to speed research and make faster progress.

In 2007, funding for a high-performance biomedical image analysis system was approved for seven UNC-CH research groups. Having used Sun products for more than 20 years, UNC-CH knew Sun could provide a highly-customized solution and better support for image-intensive applications and was interested in the company's recent HPC innovations.
Sun customer UNC Chapel Hill
(Image courtesy: UNC Chapel Hill)
Sun and UNC-CH worked together to design the grid-based HPC architecture throughout 2007, and began testing configurations in 2008. With the Sun Customer Ready Program, UNC-CH was able to cut hardware start-up time from six months to four weeks because the entire system had been built, configured, and tested in a Sun facility before shipment.

The UNC-CH grid was introduced to the research community in February 2009 and consists of 17 Sun Fire X4600 M2 Servers, each with sixteen 2.8GHz AMD Opteron processors. An additional X4600 M2 was installed as a backup, while another was installed as a file server attached to a Sun StorageTek 6140 array and a Sun StorageTek SL500 modular library system. The grid also includes 45 Sun Ultra 40 M2 Workstations.

“Users tell us how excited they are to be able to do things a hundred times faster than before,” said Russell M. Taylor II, research professor at University of North Carolina. “Implementing a high-performance computing solution from Sun Microsystems gave us the ability to move biomedical research forward at a faster pace.”

Check out the complete details here.

Sunday May 31, 2009

Ivan Smith Furniture speeds data access while cutting costs with Sun solution


Ivan Smith Furniture is a family-owned business that was founded in 1961, and is headquartered in Shreveport, Louisiana. The company operates 48 stores and sells furniture, electronics, appliances, bedding, and accessories from 60 vendors.

Ivan Smith Furniture needed an easy-to-use reporting tool to rapidly extract information employees needed to streamline operations.  For years they used SQL Reports on "green screen" character-based terminals.  The application was hard to use, slow, and expensive.  Employees had to spend time filling out different parameter screens before running the report, which could take several minutes.  Additionally, the SQL Reports did not integrate with the company's new intranet security and data control system. 
Sun Customer Ivan Smith Furniture
Ivan Smith Furniture wanted to find a web-based tool that was easy to use, affordable, and secure.  It found that nothing could compare to the total value of JEvolution from MCM Software Solutions.  The new software configuration included the Solaris OS, MySQL database software, and the Apache Tomcat Web server.  The company decided to deploy the solution on two existing Sun servers: the Sun Fire V250 and Sun Fire X4500.

It took less than a week to implement the entire solution.  The reporting system was deployed in only two days, and all the staff was trained in three.  One major benefit of the new solution is that Ivan Smith Furniture can reduce its recurring licensing costs.  Christa Williams, network administrator at Ivan Smith Furniture enthuses that "just by downsizing one terminal per store, our company could save $127,000 per year; and these are not just one time savings; we will save a lot every year.  This means JEvolution can pay for itself many times over in the first year."

Check out the complete details here.

Thursday May 21, 2009

Bank Cuts Costs and Manages Growth with Sun Solution


LBBW Luxemburg, a subsidiary of the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg bank headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, was recently on the hunt for a more efficient way to cut costs while still supporting growth. The bank prepared a list of the necessary tools to accomplish this cost-cutting goal, which included migrating to a new banking application called Avalog in addition to moving to a single IT supplier with cost-effective solutions. Sun Customer LBBW Luxemburg
After assessing a number of different options, the LBBW Luxemburg decided to standardize the Avalog server platform on Sun hardware and software. Sun Professional Services designed a scalable infrastructure based on four Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 servers featuring eight dual-core SPARC64 VI processors and running the Solaris 10 OS and Solaris Cluster 3.2 software. The design also featured Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 servers with Solaris Cluster acting as a data transfer component. The Sun StorageTek 6140 array also enhanced LBBW Luxemburg's existing backup infrastructure by extending the staging unit.

After a successful pilot, LBBW Luxemburg launched a full implementation that has resulted in an elimination of proprietary software licenses as well as a 60% greater performance of the SPARC Enterprise M5000 servers compared to the previous server setup. The Sun solutions are also cutting IT expenses by consolidating from three server racks to one, saving space and reducing cooling costs. Jean-Luc Raskin, Head of the IT Infrastructure Unit, LBBW Luxemburg notes “Sun has helped LBBW Luxemburg meet its IT Objectives...a climate of trust has been established, and we feel this is a real partnership.”

LBBW Luxemburg is ensuring continued high performance with SunSpectrum Gold Support. The new setup has set up an efficient, scalable, and cost-effective solution that LBBW Luxemburg can rely on in the future. Raskin notes “we have built a very flexible architecture that will be able to meet our IT needs for years to come.”

Check out the complete details here.

Friday May 15, 2009

hi5 slashes storage costs and scales for growth with Sun solution


hi5 Networks, based in San Francisco, California, is one of the world's largest social networks with more than 80 million registered users in 200 countries. In fact, hi5 earned the distinction of being the fastest growing social network in the world when it doubled its user base in 2008, growing from 28 million to more than 56 million and counting.

The explosive growth rate proved to be a challenge, particularly because hi5 manages so much data – about 400TB and growing. To continue providing the best service to its users, hi5 needed to ensure its systems were highly available and reliable, and at the end of 2008, hi5 realized that it urgently needed to expand its storage capacity to keep up with its rapid growth.
Sun Customer hi5 Networks
(Logo courtesy: hi5 Networks)
hi5 chose the hybrid Sun Fire X4540 server in conjunction with the Solaris 10 Operating System as its system solution. The Sun Fire X4540 is a product known for its ability to run high-bandwidth applications while providing speedy access to storage and unparalleled storage density in a 4U rack space. hi5 is so pleased with the performance of the Sun Fire X4540 servers, that it plans to purchase 10 more.

hi5 said when it came to evaluating price for performance, there was no better solution than Sun. Dan Peterson, vice president of technical operations at hi5 notes that there is no licensing fee and says “Before it was costing us about $5,000 per terabyte to store data versus about $750 per terabyte now.” Peterson also appreciates the ability to now keep a tight reign on his budget by purchasing Sun storage in 48TB chunks rather than having to buy huge storage systems at four of five times the price.

Check out the complete details here.

Sunday Apr 19, 2009

EasySpeedy Deploys Amber Road for Cost-Effective Growth


EasySpeedy, a Danish hosting company, wanted to offer a data storage service that scaled quickly across multiple protocols. Their goal was to offer customers a flexible solution, which is inexpensive to manage and easily meets growing demand.

After evaluating several alternatives, the company selected Sun Open Storage featuring Sun Storage 7410 Unified Storage System and Sun Storage J4400 array as their solution.
EasySpeedy

Logo Courtesy: EasySpeedy
Peter Lerche, CEO at EasySpeedy, noted, "Sun Open Storage was a perfect fit for our open concept at the heart of EasySpeedy, where the customer has the power. With Open Storage, we are not locked into one product line and proprietary protocols. Sun gives us the ability to build the architecture that suits our needs. With Open Storage we have freedom, rather than being bound hand and foot."

He added: "Thanks to Sun Open Storage, EasySpeedy can cost-effectively scale data storage on demand to meet the needs of customers. What is more, the platform helps minimize power consumption and makes day-to-day management simple."

Check out the complete details here.

Wednesday Apr 08, 2009

Customer of the week: Liverpool Direct Limited


Liverpool Direct Limited (LDL) is helping transform the way citizens in Liverpool access public services. A public/private enterprise of its kind, LDL's vision is to offer "joined-up government" whereby everybody has access to new technology for communicating with Liverpool City Council and its Business Units. Among LDL's responsibilities are contact centers, benefits services, human resources and payroll, and revenue services.
Liverpool Direct Limited
The organization was aiming to increase computing power and capacity, reduce operational and management costs, cut power and cooling costs and increase space available for scaling hardware platform.

Sun Professional Services provided LDL with a turnkey solution that included a high-performance, cost-effective platform based on Sun SPARC Enterprise T2000 servers running the Solaris 10 OS, Solaris Cluster, and Sun Interim Operations Management to ensure a successful adoption of the new technology.

"Liverpool Direct Limited couldn't deliver Solaris-based shared services without the Sun SPARC Enterprise T-Series servers running the Solaris 10 OS," noted Frank Oakley, Solutions Architect, LDL. "The platform has reduced our costs and doubled processing performance."

Check out the complete details here.

Thursday Aug 14, 2008

Gorilla Nation


Gorilla Nation Media, world's largest online advertising representation firm, has selected a MySQL Enterprise database subscription to help power its business intelligence platform.

The company exclusively handles media sales for more than 500 high traffic websites. They have opted to build a business intelligence platform on MySQL that manages more than one terabyte of data and provides vital real-time traffic and advertising campaign performance information.
Sun Customer -- Gorilla Nation

(Logo courtesy: Gorilla Nation Media)
"Gorilla Nation has experienced huge growth in recent years and subsequently we needed strong database technology that we could operate quickly and efficiently without paying the huge upfront licensing costs required by proprietary software," said Alex Godelman, VP, Technology, Gorilla Nation. "MySQL Enterprise has delivered outstanding performance -- allowing us to scale efficiently as more and more publishers and advertisers have begun to use our service."

More details here.

Wednesday Jul 30, 2008

Linked In (... Via Sun) !!!


LinkedIn, the largest professional networking site with more than 25 million users, has added Sun's MySQL Enterprise database subscription to their existing infrastructure of Sun SPARC Enterprise servers running Solaris 10.
LinkedIn
(Logo courtesy: LinkedIn )
Why did they choose Sun? Let's hear straight from the horse's mouth. :-)

"LinkedIn has continued to see incredible growth among professionals spanning all sectors looking to build and leverage their networks. As a leader in our field, we are committed to providing the best service to our users, and a web experience that meets members expectations and that starts with IT," said Jean-Luc Vaillant, Chief Technology Officer, LinkedIn. "The combination of Sun and MySQL means quicker access to the latest innovation in an open and reliable environment and this saves me time and money."

Happy networking!!!

Monday Jul 21, 2008

Sun -- the Olympic champion infrastructure provider!!!


Beijing Olympics is just around the corner, and we are in it too!

Sun is providing the technology platform to NBC Universal for its Olympic web site, NBCOlympics.com, during the network's coverage of the 2008 Olympics.

Powered by 160 Sun Fire X4450 and Sun Fire X4150 servers, NBC's online coverage of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing will set a new standard in delivering digital content to viewers with live streaming of events, video archives of completed events, blogs, live chat, athlete profiles and many other unique features.

Olympic fans will have access to approximately 2,200 total hours of live streaming of 25 different sports!
nbcolympics.com -- powered by Sun
(Image courtesy : NBC)
Sun's infrastructure solutions will be working extra hard to make sure you've a pleasant web-experience of the 2008 Olympics.

Go Sun, GO!!! :-)

Monday Jul 07, 2008

Customer of the week: Saudi Airlines


Saudi Airlines, the national carrier for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, started with a single aircraft in 1945. The airlines have undergone huge growth since then, and today they operate 139 aircrafts serving more than 13 million passengers every year. To manage growth and ensure business continuity, the airlines has turned to Sun for a complete systems upgrade that includes new Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000, T5120 and V490 servers as well as storage and back-up solutions.
Sun Customer -- Saudi Airlines
(Image courtesy: Saudi Airlines)
Muhammed Al Bakri, ERP Project Director and Chief Systems Engineering and Technology, Saudi Airlines, commented, "Sun's solution for SAP was convincing; Sun provided an integrated tested solution that can be deployed quickly enough to help reduce cost and risk, improve availability, scalability, security, flexibility, and manageability. The solution is performance-driven, ensures business continuity and has the capacity to accommodate a wide variety of business applications."

Check out the details from AMEInfo...

Wednesday Jun 25, 2008

Busting the Sun Ray myths


Paul Murphy of ZDNet dispels many myths surrounding Sun Ray. He has busted all the top myths people put forward to argue that it's not as good as a PC. He found that most of the more widely cited negatives for Sun Rays are pure nonsense.

According to Paul, Sun Rays are not the right answer for a hobbyist who wants to play games or pretend to program -- but for large organizations the negatives simply don't hold up. One of the lessons that can be learned from productivity change in the telecom industry is that centrally provisioned services can be extremely attractive to consumers provided that the service provider does not impose artificial controls on what the user can do with the device.
Sun Ray Thin Client Solution
We have many large organizations in different verticals who save a bundle by deploying this thin client solution of ours. Here is how Denver Health does it, and here is how Kuwait's Savings and Credit Bank saves money.

So why don't you run a pilot for Sun Ray in your organization and see for yourself how it stacks up.

Hint: You'll be pleasantly surprised. :-)

Wednesday Jun 18, 2008

Customer of the week: Reliant Security


Reliant Security provides information security products and services that help merchants secure and protect the confidentiality and integrity of a client's information.

Needless to say, they have to comply with complex security requirements such as Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards. At the same time, they have to reduce merchants' cost to comply with the security requirements so that Reliant's offerings remain inexpensive as well as easy to deploy and manage.
Sun Customer -- Reliant Security
Reliant was looking to create a single security solution to replace combined solutions from multiple vendors. They chose Sun, and today Reliant Security depends on OpenSolaris, Solaris 10 and Sun servers to run its PCI compliant information security products.

"The level of enterprise customer service support that comes with Sun is exponentially better than what you get with other open source products and solutions. When you compare Sun with vendors such as Red Hat or Novell in the platform space, the difference is like night and day," said Richard Newman, president and cofounder of Reliant Security.

Check out the details here.

Wednesday Jun 11, 2008

Customer of the week: Sun Direct TV Private Limited


Sun Direct TV Private Limited is part of the SunTV Network, India's second-largest television network. They needed an efficient billing and management system with high reliability and scalability for its new satellite TV network.
Sun Customer -- Sun Direct TV Private Limited
The company considered solutions from IBM, HP, and Sun Microsystems. Our solution was the best, and they chose Sun over competition.

"The performance, scalability, availability, and productivity of the Sun Microsystems solution gives us a foundation that we can use for years to come, and we expect considerable savings on hardware and energy costs," said Tony D'Silva, Chief Operating Officer, Sun Direct TV.

The solution was a Sun server platform that includes a server cluster based on our high-end servers, mid-range servers, and storage. Working with Sun partner, Siemens, the Sun team successfully integrated the company's Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management (ORBM) application and its SAP software to deliver an end-to-end solution.

Check out the details here.

Wednesday May 28, 2008

Trading Linux for Solaris


Real Time Matrix, a provider of cross-platform modular communication and marketing services, has traded Linux for Sun's Solaris 10 operating system for many of its production systems.

Real Time Matrix said that Solaris 10's throughput when compared with Linux impressed them. "On a 64-bit AMD processor and Fedora, we could process approximately 200 matches per second of RSS," Jeff Whitehead, founder and CEO, said. "With Solaris 10 on the T1000, this match rate jumped to 10,000 per second."

The company was recently featured in SearchEnterpriseLinux.com. Check out CEO Jeff Whitehead discussing how the company went from being a die-hard Linux shop to abandoning Linux for Solaris 10 with 50 times better throughput they realized with Solaris 10.
Sun customer -- Real Time Matrix
(Image courtesy: Real Time Matrix)
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