The Canadian Football League (CFL) and Sun Microsystems of Canada are
joining together for a marketing and technology sponsorship initiative
aimed at connecting the League with its growing fan base and promoting
the Canadian game. For its part in the partnership, Sun will deploy its
hardware, SunTM Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) software and services
at the CFL headquarters in Toronto.
Sun is now the "Official Technology Products/Services Partner" of the
CFL. Through the deployment of its technology and services, Sun will
enable the League to communicate, streamline and conduct business with
its key stake holders securely online. Sun ONE software will be deployed
over the next three years, allowing the CFL's Web site to evolve into a
marketing and administrative tool. The site will use Sun ONE
infrastructure to enhance functionality and content through Web
services that have been customized for the CFL's licensees, sponsors,
media and fans.
CFL Commissioner Tom Wright stated, "Sun and the CFL are sure to score
touchdowns with Canadian football fans across the country with today's
announcement. With the assistance of Sun and Vortisol, the League will
be ready to begin its rollout of the Sun ONE technology infrastructure
that will allow it to connect with Canadians and deliver improved and
enhanced content to fans, media, licensees and sponsors."
The new setup will use Sun RayTM 150 thin client systems. The
applications will be deployed on Sun FireTM V210 servers and Sun FireTM
V240 servers running the SolarisTM 9 Operating System (Solaris OS). A
Sun StorEdgeTM array will be used to provide the CFL with a compact,
expandable RAID storage for its workgroup environment.
"Sun Microsystems of Canada is rallying behind the CFL to help the
League rush down the e-field," remarked Stephane Boisvert, president of
Sun Microsystems of Canada Inc. "Sun will draw upon its proven
experience of helping other professional sports organizations like
Formula 1 racing team West McLaren Mercedes, and the National Hockey
League to improve the CFL fan experience. I'm delighted that Sun and
its Sun ONE technology will play a key role in the game."
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