Wednesday May 14, 2008

Customer of the week: SmugMug


SmugMug is a personal story!

Back in August 2006, SmugMug posted a very detailed unflattering review of T1000 running Ubuntu Linux. We assembled a team of experts to get to the bottom of their issues. Several fire-drills, phone calls and meetings later, we found that the Sun Fire X2200 server is a better fit for their target application.

SmugMug wanted to standardize on a server platform. After a set of server reviews from various vendors, they selected Sun as their infrastructure supplier. Subsequently, Smugmug CEO Don MacAskill posted a detailed blog reviewing the benefits they are seeing from X2200.

I was thrilled to see that they have recently done a video telling the world why they chose Sun. Nice one, check it out.

Tuesday Apr 15, 2008

Customer of the Week: LG Micron


With help from Sun Professional Services, leading Korean manufacturer LG Micron successfully deployed a six-node high-availability cluster of servers using high-performance Sun UltraSPARC IV+ processors. The Sun Cluster solution provides 24x7 business continuity for the Oracle database and ERP applications.

Sun delivered the solution using LG Micron's existing IT assets and helped it maximize operational productivity. The solution is the first six-node cluster implementation in Asia and the first deployment in South Korea to use Solaris Volume Manager to mirror data to a remote site to enhance disaster recovery.

Heechang Park, CFO/CIO of LG Micron, commented: "We tried to provide non-stop IT service by leveraging old systems in order to minimize IT investment and established a cluster system in order to minimize any possible risks. Moreover, LG Micron established business continuity from a server/storage HA project. Previously, we assume that we wasted 1 million a year at the production line due to system failures and service stops. However, our IT system now provides non-stop service through standby-system configuration, and we secured our ROI for this project."

Check out the details here.
Sun customer -- LG Micron
(Image courtesy: LG Micron)

Monday Apr 07, 2008

Customer of the week: Elektrofilm


The digital media company Elektrofilm chose Sun's SL3000 tape library to store its nearly 200 TB of archival data, with the capacity to grow to 750 TB.

According to Electrofilm's Jason Williamson, the amount of data in his environment makes storing it all on disk impractical. "The cost of tape media is about 30 cents per GB, while with a SAN, the total cost can add up to tens of dollars a gigabyte," he said.
Sun Customer -- Elektrofilm
(Image courtesy: ELEKTROFILM)

Sun's SAM-FS software helps Jason improve data access time on tape by keeping track of the data on each cartridge and automatically retrieving it from the tape library when it's needed. The combined solution works perfect for Electrofilm!

Get the full details from this SearchStorage.com article.

Wednesday Apr 02, 2008

Customer of the Week: Cincinnati Bell


Cincinnati Bell is finding that desktop virtualization is a far better alternative to upgrading hundreds of PCs running Windows.

The company is in the first phase of its desktop virtualization rollout based on VMware Infrastructure 3 and our Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). With about 3,300 computer-using employees, the company will convert one-fourth of them to use virtual desktops in the initial effort.
Sun customer -- Cincinnati Bell
(Image courtesy: Cincinnati Bell)

Cincinnati Bell turned to Sun because Sun VDI is a great solution designed to work on top of VMware Infrastructure 3, which Cincinnati Bell already had installed. In addition, it offers a choice of end-user interfaces.

Check out the complete details from the InformationWeek article.

Tuesday Mar 25, 2008

Customer of the Week: Callidus Software


Software-as-a-Service vendor Callidus Software was able to launch a new subscription business in 5 months and grow a subscriber base from 0 to 25,000 in 18 months with a combination of Sun Fire servers running the Solaris 10 Operating System and with significant support from Sun Managed Services.

"Sun was the most cost-effective solution," said Callidus' Jeff Saling, "but what really swung the deal was Sun's willingness to partner with us as we designed the environment for Callidus OnDemand."

Check out the details here.
Sun customer -- Callidus Software
(Image courtesy: Callidus Software)

Sunday Mar 09, 2008

Customer of the Week: Scripps Networks


Media giant Scripps Networks easily responds to massive, unpredictable peaks in demand serving up to 300 million revenue-generating ads per day, by deploying Sun Fire T2000 and X4600 M2 servers running the Solaris Operating System. Because Scripps Networks uses a consistent Sun platform, it is able to run this large IT operation with a small staff consisting of just 1 administrator for each 50 systems.

According to their Executive Director of Enterprise IT Operations, Bryan Allen, "The Sun platform has been a stable, consistent and reliable platform for us, with good performance and scalability. We are always responding to new requirements as we continue to push the envelope on the Internet. Sun's support has been very valuable in helping us meet day-to-day requirements, as well as new and unique ones."

Check out the details here.
Sun customer -- Scripps Networks
(Image courtesy: Scripps Networks)

Tuesday Mar 04, 2008

Denver Health uses Sun virtual desktop solution to streamline workflow


Healthcare provider Denver Health enabled its workers to reduce their initial login time by more than half, cut desktop setup time from 1 hour to just 10 minutes and gained the ability to increase the number of patient sessions by more than 1,000 per year by moving from a PC environment to a deployment of Sun Ray 2 Clients and Sun Ray Software running on the Solaris 10 Operating System.

According to their Chief Technical Officer Jeff Pelot, "Denver Health's implementation of the Sun Ray technology is saving our organization time and money. In addition, doctors and nurses are using it without further training. We install it and they use it immediately."
Sun customer Denver Health

A lot of customers are using the Sun Ray thin clients these days...

Monday Mar 03, 2008

Customer of the Week: U.S. Army


The United States Army developed an online web-based Career Record system supporting 600,000 active members by deploying a variety of Sun Fire and Sun SPARC Enterprise servers running the Solaris 10 Operating System and Solaris Cluster.

What had previously been a manual process that took weeks, soldier's time to access their official personnel file was reduced to minutes. The deployment saved hundreds of thousands of support staff hours and achieved a 99.9% server uptime, exceeding its customer Service Level Agreement.

Check out the details here.
Sun Customer: U.S. Army
(Image courtesy: U.S. Army)

Monday Feb 25, 2008

"Ray of light" for... Kuwait's Savings and Credit Bank


Kuwait's Savings and Credit Bank (SCB) is the first financial institution in that country to roll out a large scale deployment of Sun Ray thin clients, as a part of a wide ranging effort to centralize its desktop operations and support. SCB has seen a dramatic reduction in the volume of support calls, from nearly 30 a day to close to zero at present.

"Performance has increased more than 200 times. A job which previously took more than two or three hours now takes four to five minutes. Even, backup which would take two hours previously, now takes just 20 minutes. It's a big difference," concludes SCB's Fawzi Al Asfoor.

Check out the complete ITP.net story here...
"Ray of Light" article

Monday Feb 18, 2008

Customer of the Week: European Commission


Sun has been awarded the framework contract to supply approximately 1,100 servers to the European Commission institutions, bodies and agencies participating in the open call for proposals. The EC said contract was awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender in terms of price and quality.

Check out the details here.
EU - Sun story

Monday Feb 11, 2008

Customer of the Week: SearchForce


Web search engine marketing software provider SearchForce saw a 70% reduction in power consumption, at the same time achieving a 3x increase in server throughput and... ALL with a lower total cost of ownership by replacing its Dell and Linux environment with an infrastructure of Sun Fire servers running the Solaris 10 Operating System and StorageTek systems. SearchForce migrated to the Sun environment through Sun's Startup Essentials and Try and Buy programs.
Sun customer SearchForce

According to David Simon, Chairman of SearchForce, "As a result of going to Sun, we improved our response time and we're sitting at less than ten percent system utilization with five times the business we had nine months ago. We have a scalable server and storage platform that can provide air cover for our sales team, and reports we get from our enterprise customers say that there's nothing faster out there."

Check out the details here.

Tuesday Jan 29, 2008

Customers line up for data center in a shipping container


Today we announced new customers for Sun Modular Datacenter S20, widely known as Project Blackbox. These new implementations for Hansen Transmissions, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (UMCN), Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS) and a second unit at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) highlight the global demand for Project Blackbox -- a virtualized, modular datacenter housed in an enhanced 20-foot shipping container.

"We have found that it has broad applicability," notes Sun VP for Integrated Platforms Darlene Yaplee. "We have seen different examples of customers using the data center in different ways. It's not just one segment. What we are hearing from our customers is that many of them are growing out of their current data center space and they are looking for a high density solution that is eco-efficient."

Need one? Contact Sun. ;-)
Project Blackbox

Sunday Jan 20, 2008

Customer of the Week: Dow Corning Corporation


Chemical giant Dow Corning Corporation avoided a $2 million server hardware cost at the same time achieving a 99% reduction in server deployment time and a 50% gain in storage capacity where Solaris 10 ZFS file system disk compression is utilized, by broadly deploying the Solaris 10 Operating System on Sun Fire servers and Sun StorageTek systems. The underlying infrastructure supporting 47 locations worldwide is managed by an IT UNIX team of just three people. Sun Customers

According to Ken Karls, Manager of Network and Datacenter Engineering, "The stability of Solaris 10 has been simply outstanding. It's delivered additional key functionality while continuing to provide the same outstanding level of availability to which we've become accustomed."

Check out the details here.

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