Services Briefs: Sun, spending, AT&T

Services Briefs: Sun, spending, AT&T

Sun attacks low-end

Sun Microsystems will soon announce two low-end Solaris servers featuring integrated software stacks that it plans to position as low-cost alternatives to Intel servers running Linux, according to US industry sources. It also plans to introduce a new family of mid-range storage products featuring its N1 virtualisation and provisioning technologies. The announcements are part of the quarterly technology refreshes that Sun promised earlier this year. Sun declined to comment on unannounced products. Sun will also announce price cuts for several of its low-end hardware products. Prices for the Sun Fire 280R, for instance, would be rolled back by up to 40 per cent. Blade 2000 workstations were also included in the price cuts..

CIOs cold on consulting

Spending on IT consulting in the US will drop “dramatically” by 4.6 per cent this year from 2002, according to a recent survey of chief information officers (CIOs) by the research department of investment bank, Merrill Lynch. CIOs being careful with overall IT spending and consultancy depending specifically on “extremely tight” discretionary spending were reasons given in the report. Other factors affecting consulting vendors included increasing competition, especially from offshore companies, and the resulting decline in prices. IT consultancy pricing was down 13 per cent compared with last year.

AT&T teams with Siebel

AT&T is teaming with Siebel Systems in an alliance that will publicise complementary wares. The partnership is Siebel’s first with a communications provider and AT&T’s first with a software vendor. They will collaborate on sales and marketing around Siebel’s eBusiness Applications software suite and AT&T’s portfolio of managed services, such as hosting, storage and business continuity planning. The two companies plan to offer a service that will analyse a client’s networking infrastructure and offer design guidance for optimising the network’s handling of Siebel’s applications.

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