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Oracle Chooses Sun for Online Pilot
Business OnLine application hosting environment
October 29, 1998,
Volume 8, Issue 1

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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