Sun Lands $200 Million Contract for Kodak ERP & Infoimaging Business
Press release from the issuing company
PALO ALTO, CA -- May 21, 2001 -- Sun Microsystems, Inc., today announced that Eastman Kodak Company has selected Sun to be the preferred provider for its global Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) environment and infoimaging business needs. The five-year opportunity was opened to the industry's major storage providers; the challenge was to implement a storage environment that could provide Eastman Kodak's infrastructure with the maximum scalability, uptime and reliability needed to match the capabilities of Sun's servers running the Solaris[tm] 8 Operating Environment. Sun's proven technology, performance and service were the deciding factors for Kodak.
Building on Kodak's existing 100 terabytes (TB) of Sun StorEdge[tm] arrays, the additional implementations have the potential to exceed 500 TBs over the duration of the contract. This architecture is expected to meet and exceed Kodak's performance and availability requirements in the rapidly growing infoimaging business.
"Sun helped Kodak implement one of the largest SAP systems in the world and acted as an integral part of our infrastructure team since we began planning our ERP implementation in 1996. They provided scalable and flexible hardware that helped Kodak meet challenging performance goals, while providing significant expertise to assist with sizing, tuning, high availability and capacity planning," stated Bob Ansaldi, manager of Kodak's ERP technical architecture organization.
"Sun's integratable-stack approach delivers the utmost in availability to our customers. By conducting extensive testing and integration from the database management software all the way down to the device level, Sun provides a safe, predictable environment that is also flexible and responsive," said Denise Shiffman, vice president of marketing, Sun Network Storage. "This approach is the result of a team effort between Sun and Sun partners to jointly build reference configurations, test and release products, and operate Joint Escalation Centers to resolve technical issues."
Sun's End-to-end Solution Provides Maximum Uptime
Currently, Kodak's ERP implementation is based on more than 100 TBs of Sun StorEdge[tm] arrays and 120 Sun Enterprise[tm] servers-numbers expected to grow significantly in the coming years. Moving forward, Kodak will deploy Sun StorEdge T3 enterprise arrays with predictable linear scalability of capacity, performance and reliability. Currently, two 38-way Sun Enterprise 10000 servers, also known as Starfire[tm] servers, are configured in a highly available cluster and act as the database server. Sun Enterprise 3000, 3500 and 4500 servers support the SAP solutions.
Additionally, the recently announced Kodak infoimaging implementation will also rely on Sun's end-to-end solutions with high scalability, reliability, availability and serviceability characteristics. Sun Professional Services will continue to play a key role in architecting and maintaining both the ERP and infoimaging environments. Through a SunSpectrum[sm] Platinum support agreement, Sun Support Services will also help Kodak maintain high availability and reliability in its infrastructure.
About Sun Network Storage
Sun Network Storage was formed by Sun Microsystems in July 1998 and is a recognized multi-billion dollar industry leader in the UNIX® platform and open systems storage market. Sun is changing the rules in network storage by delivering software and hardware written to an open network architecture. Sun's commitment to standards enables timely availability of new technology, investment protection for existing technology and a thriving partner community. The comprehensive Sun StorEdge family of products enables customers to match storage to the application while providing scalable capacity and performance in a "pay-as-you-grow" architecture.
About The Sun Enterprise Server Family
The Sun Enterprise server family is the industry's only single, binary-compatible product line featuring a range of servers that scale from 1 to 64 processors - providing customers with flexibility, investment protection, and an unparalleled growth path. Designed for workgroup, departmental, and data center computing environments, the Sun Enterprise server family provides an ideal platform for a variety of applications, including enterprise resource planning, electronic commerce, data warehousing, Internet/Intranet and customer management systems.
Eastman Kodak Company is the photographic leader in traditional, digital and online with sales of nearly $14 billion in 2000. Committed to making digital photography easy and accessible, Kodak is a leading supplier of digital cameras and inkjet media. Kodak offers a range of consumer digital services, including Kodak Picture CD, Kodak PhotoNet online, "You've Got Pictures" in cooperation with America Online, and Kodak Picture Disk. Its branded products and services and its position as a leading supplier of digital services to the Internet photography market make Kodak a leader in this emerging field.
Infoimaging is a $225 billion industry created by the accelerated convergence of image science and information technology. Infoimaging unites three image-centric markets - services and media, infrastructure and devices - enabling consumers and businesses to more easily use images as a fast and effective way to communicate. Infoimaging presents significant new revenue opportunities for any company that delivers value through the marriage of information and images.
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