The UK's Office of Government Commerce (OGC) will evaluate Sun software
for use by UK government and public sector employees. The
UK is conducting trials of open source software to assess the cost
savings of open source versus proprietary software and its licensing.
Sun JavaTM Desktop System and the Sun JavaTM Enterprise System
offer the kind of savings the UK is looking for as they build their
system on open source.
The OGC, which is part of HM Treasury and the central purchasing body for the UK Government, seeks to maximize value of money for the public sector
in all areas of procurement.
"The UK Public Sector is faced with huge IT purchasing decisions, it
requires best value desktop and underlying software architecture that
is based on open standards, predictable pricing models and infinite
right to use," said Scott McNealy, chairman, president and CEO of Sun.
"Our arrangement with the OGC, delivers transparent IT buying to the UK
public sector and introduces competition in the desktop space."
The UK National Health Service (NHS) has approximately 800,000
desktops, representing a significant volume purchase. They will look at
the Sun Java Desktop System which has a word processing program,
StarOfficeTM software, Ximian email, the MozillaTM browser and
more. The Sun Java Desktop System can interoperate with existing
infrastructure. It features familiar desktop themes and document and
printing interoperability with Windows, Linux and the SolarisTM
Operating System (Solaris OS). The Sun Java System software is based on
a secure, open architecture delivering compelling value -- all key
requirements for the UK public sector.
U.S. list price for the Sun Java Desktop System is priced annually at
$100 per desktop user or $50 per employee for existing Sun Java
Enterprise System customers. For a limited time, Sun is offering an
aggressive trade-up program for users looking to move off of their
existing desktop. For more information, visit:
The Sun Java Enterprise System is a complete system of standards-based
software that is delivered as one entity on a pre-integrated
infrastructure. Its low price enables CIOs in government, business and
education to focus on leverage IT to achieve business goals. The UK
NHS plans to use money saved from software purchases for patient care
needs. The Sun Java Enterprise System components include a portal
server, Web server, messaging server, calendar server and more. For
more information on the Java Enterprise System please visit:
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