Sun Microsystems and Microsoft on Monday debuted the Sun Infrastructure Solution for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 for enterprise customers and also expanded their three-year partnership by unveiling the Sun/Microsoft Interoperability Center on the Microsoft campus.
The pre-tested, end-to-end system and storage configuration is intended to allow customers to migrate to Exchange Server 2007, achieving up to 85 percent in rack space, power and cooling savings and reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) for e-mail by up to 70 percent in a three-year period.
The Sun/Microsoft Interoperability Center includes optimization of Microsoft applications on Sun x64 systems and storage and promotion of full interoperability in application areas such as virtualization, Java technology, systems management and identity.
The Center will collaborate with authorized Sun Solution Centers to support customers in running their own proofs-of-concept testing. Customers can minimize their risk and shorten time to deployment by simulating their own environment with access to Sun and Microsoft architects.
The Interoperability Center is an expansion of Santa Clara, Calif.-based Sun's three-year presence on the Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft main campus. Microsoft and Sun have collaborated in other interoperability areas, including Web services, identity management, thin clients, systems management and Windows Server engineering.
The companies have also created a basis for tighter interoperability between Java Platform Enterprise Edition (Java EE), the .NET Framework 3.0 and Windows Communication Foundation in Sun's Web services interoperability technologies (Project Tango).