With year-2000 legal ramifications flying left, right and centre, Sun Microsystems earlier this month made the bold move to provide its Australian resellers with a Y2K warranty for a host of Sun products.
Details of the warranty see Sun repairing all listed products, supplying Y2K fixes to its resellers worldwide and offering "functionally equivalent" Y2K-compliant products in the event that a reseller reports faulty goods. Sun has also courageously decided to refund the net book value of covered products in which Y2K fixes were not provided.
According to Michael Wilson, Sun Australia's national partner manager, the Y2K warranty is intended to help and give confidence to resellers.
"Our resellers may be implementing a combination of software and hardware technologies that, on their own, might be compliant," Wilson said. "However, serious problems may arise once resellers start to integrate the two offerings."
Wilson claimed Sun has made it a priority to ensure its high-volume products, such as the Solaris operating system and the range of Java technologies, meet Y2K-compliance requirements. The vendor has also provided a complete of products and their compliance status on its Web site http://www.sun.com/y2000/cpst.html.