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SAS and Sun Launch New Initiative to Deliver Business Intelligence Innovation to Datacentres

Leveraging their 20-year strategic partnership, SAS and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: JAVA) today announced a new initiative to help organisations establish an enterprise-wide analytic architecture built on a highly available, scalable, secure and cost-effective platform. The SAS® Enterprise Intelligence Platform Powered by Sun’s Datacentre of the Future (DcoF) helps organisations better manage, optimise and enhance current and future SAS and Sun IT infrastructures throughout the enterprise.

To help organisations increase business performance while reducing the cost and complexity of business intelligence solutions in the datacentre, SAS will leverage Sun's IT infrastructure, including hardware, software and services, as part of the SAS Enterprise Intelligence Platform running on the open source Solaris™ operating system (OS). The architectures can run on virtually any of Sun’s award-winning hardware systems, from x64 servers to highly powerful compute-intensive servers.

“Launching this initiative together, SAS and Sun spotlight the need to align IT with business needs,” said Claudia Imhoff, President, Intelligent Solutions, Inc. “IT determines how well an enterprise analytical platform can be built and utilised, which impacts how successfully a company can provide the accurate intelligence demanded in today’s competitive environment.”

As part of the initiative, Sun and SAS also unveiled a customer-accessible online Knowledge Centre to house reference architectures, white papers and best practices. The reference architectures help customers accelerate deployment of the SAS Enterprise Intelligence Platform on Sun systems by ensuring interoperability and scalability with existing and future strategic business environments. Additionally, Sun and SAS will collaborate on joint engineering, marketing efforts and global sales efforts.

“The SAS and Sun Datacentre of the Future initiative provides IT and executive managers the continuity, security, data privacy, compliance and performance so critical to enterprise customers,” said Keith Collins, Chief Technology Officer at SAS. “Our goal is to ensure businesses have optimal configurations of the SAS Enterprise Intelligence Platform on Sun systems that are eco-friendly. This will accelerate the successful deployment of business intelligence throughout organisations more quickly and efficiently.”

Today's announcement furthers SAS and Sun's long-standing partnership that offers enterprises industry-leading business intelligence solutions optimised to run on the world’s most open and scalable hardware and the open source Solaris OS. For access to their newest joint initiative, Sun and SAS are offering customers a joint “try and buy” program, and grid computing and high availability assessments.

“Mission-critical computing has been the core of Sun’s business for over 30 years. By combining the SAS Enterprise Intelligence Platform with Sun servers and the highly secure, open source Solaris OS, Sun and SAS have created the ideal platform for eliminating risk on SAS Enterprise deployments,” said Juan Carlos Soto, Vice President of Market Development at Sun. “With this new initiative, customers can quickly deploy a highly available, scalable, secure and cost-effective enterprise intelligence solution.”