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Sun Microsystems of Canada and Canadian Football League Launch Partnership
CFL Headquarters to Deploy Sun Hardware and Sun Open Net Environment Software
June 16, 2003,
Volume 64, Issue 3

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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