Sun Microsystems says Allied Irish Bank (AIB)is migrating 7,500 desktop users across its entire branch network to Sun’s Java Desktop System.
This agreement in collaboration with Horizon Open Systems represents the largest financial services enterprise deal for the Java Desktop System, since it became available in December 2003.
AIB branch staff in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK will transition to the Java Desktop System during 2005. Sun says AIB chose the Java Desktop System for “its integrated client environment based on open source components and industry standards. “In addition, Sun’s Services organisation will provide technology consulting, support and education services.
“The global momentum for the Java Desktop System continues at a rapid pace because of its affordability, enhanced security and manageability, and interoperability,” boasts Curtis Sasaki, vice president, Desktop Solutions, Sun Microsystems, Inc. “We are very pleased to have AIB as a client of Sun and see growing demand in the financial, education, and government markets. With Java Desktop System, Release 2, the enhanced manageability enables CIOs fine grain configuration and access to the desktops.”
The Java Desktop System was bought recently by the governments of China and the United Kingdom, and is now available on Microtel PCs from Wal-Mart at walmart.com.
Sun also says that two million copies of its StarOffice software application have been sold by a German partner, Markement, and that SOURCENEXT Corporation – a Japanese computer products distributor – is distributing copies of StarSuite 7 to 25,000 retail locations in Japan and via Internet downloads.Sun has also sold Star to the Indian state government of Haryana and the United India Insurance Company.