Sun snubs channel over Uni deals

Sun snubs channel over Uni deals

Sun Microsystems and Hitachi Data Systems have announced the completion of a $5.5 million IT infrastructure project at the University of Western Sydney.

It is one of the five or six multi-million-dollar university deals Sun has completed in the last 18 months that have not involved any of their channel partners.

The University of Western Sydney was keen to consolidate the many servers across its campuses into two new data centres after receiving a Federal Government grant for the development of a Greater Western Sydney Learning Network. These servers were a mix of IBM, NT, Apple and Sun machines that have all been abandoned in order to consolidate data onto two Sun Enterprise 10000 Servers, each with 40 CPUs. The university also purchased two Sun StorEdhe 9960 Systems and a StorEdge L700 Tape Library.

Andrew Boulus, national manager for education and research at Sun Microsystems, said the vendor has won five or six similar education projects in the last 18 months and there are many more in the pipeline.

There was no need for channel partner involvement, said Boulus, as the university preferred to deal directly with Sun, and both the Sun Professional Services team and Sun Enterprise Services team provided excellent levels of expertise in their respective roles in implementing and supporting the solution.

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