Oracle Corporation has selected Sun systems and the Solaris
operating environment as a preferred platform for the pilot
program of its Business OnLine application hosting environment.
Oracle will deliver its Oracle Financials and Manufacturing
applications to businesses of all sizes over the network using
Sun systems and Internet software. This will enable businesses
to provide corporate information in a secure, accessible and
cost-efficient manner, helping to reduce their total cost of
operations. Oracle Business OnLine services are also enhanced by
the simplicity and flexibility of Sun's Java technology, which
enables the network delivery of these services worldwide to
enterprises without extensive internal IT resources.
Sun is providing Oracle with the systems and services needed to
successfully move its enterprise applications to a new delivery
model, and leveraging Sun's dominance in the ISP market and
extensive relationships with enterprise application vendors. As
the Application Service Provider market grows, Sun will continue
to provide the core systems and services necessary to deliver
such services securely and reliably.
As part of its strategy to help bring ERP solutions to the
mid-market, Sun will provide a complete suite of servers,
storage, and software required to deploy a mission-critical,
scalable environment for Oracle Business OnLine. Hosted in a
professionally managed Oracle data center in the San Francisco
Bay Area, the Oracle Business OnLine pilot provides the full
complement of Oracle Applications for financials, manufacturing,
distribution and human resources on a subscription basis. The
Sun systems will serve as firewall, web, Domain Name System
(DNS), backup, application, and database servers.
Oracle Business OnLine subscribers simply connect to the service
using the same technology they use to connect to the Internet.
The only software required on users' desktops is a Java
technology -compliant web browser and a network connection, as
all components of the applications are hosted on the data center
composed of Sun Enterprise servers. Business OnLine
subscribers avoid both the initial capital expenses for hardware
and software incurred by companies hosting their own applications
implementations, as well as the ongoing personnel expenses for
managing the deployment of these systems.
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