Santa Clara, California – (The Hosting News) – December 13, 2007 – Technology firm and web hosting provider, Sun Microsystems, Inc., is expanding its Sun Startup Essentials program into the United Kingdom and Israel, to facilitate early stage companies, in a cost effective manner.
The program offers startups deep discounts on a range of Sun’s industry-leading technologies and services and the ability to subscribe to Web hosting services from Sun partners at discounted rates. Sun also announced the addition of the first Europe, Middle East and Africa-based Web hosting partner NTT Europe Online, who will provide secure, reliable and scalable Web hosting services to members of the Sun Startup Essentials program.
In today’s market, early stage companies are challenged to bring highly available and scalable applications to market quickly and cost-effectively. These startup companies are constantly looking for ways to become more efficient with limited resources while planning for long-term success. Sun provides startups with an opportunity to reach their full potential through the Sun Startup Essentials program. Launched in November 2006, more than 1,300 companies in the U.S. and Asia have applied for membership in the Sun Startup Essentials program. In response to large demand from startups based outside the China, India and the United States, Sun is extending the program to the United Kingdom and Israel, two regions which have had a significant increase in the number of innovative developers, amount of venture capitalist funding and population of startup companies.
Sun is hosting an event in Tel Aviv, Israel with keynote presentations delivered by Jacob Fisher, Director, Global Enterprise R and D Cooperation, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, State of Israel; Juan Carlos Soto, vice president of Market Development at Sun, and Boaz Yehuda, general manager at Sun Microsystems Israel. The event will provide an overview of the Sun Startup Essentials program and discussions will focus on how the local startup community can access key technology and services to help them stay ahead of competition and get to market quickly. Sun and the Ministry will discuss how they will work together to help strengthen and grow the startup community in Israel. In London, UK, Sun is sponsoring Mashup “Being Digital,” a local community startup event for like-minded professionals to gather and discuss what matters in the digital world.
Juan Carlos Soto, VP of Market Development at Sun Microsystems offered, ”Sun is engaged with the innovative startup communities in the United Kingdom and Israel and, as an avid supporter of building communities, Sun is able to share valuable expertise and offer startups significant discounts through the Sun Startup Essentials program. By expanding the program, we’re reaching emerging as well as leading markets that adopt and adapt new technology rapidly, and we’re enabling startups to get to market quickly and economically.”
The Sun Startup Essentials program in the UK and Israel helps eligible startup companies by allowing them to purchase a range of discounted Sun products and services, including the award-winning Sun Fire x64 servers and Sun Fire servers with CoolThreads technology. Program members can also work with Sun worldwide hosting partners Layered Technologies and NaviSite, plus regional hosting partner NTT Europe Online, to rent discounted Web hosting infrastructure based on Sun technologies. In addition to offering products and services to eligible UK- and Israel-based startup companies, Sun is also offering free technical advice via email and access to free software, such as Apache, MySQL and Perl (AMP), Ruby on Rails all optimized to run on the open source Solaris OS.
Sun began offering web hosting services, based upon the Solaris 10 Operating System, and Sun systems and storage, through a partnership with Joyent and NaviSite. The offer is available for eligible U.S. based members of the Sun Startup Essentials program, designed to help early-stage companies get to market more quickly on Sun’s enterprise- class technologies at a cost that fits their needs to conserve cash.
The hosting requirements of Web 2.0 and Internet Services startups typically differ from those of traditionally established companies, due to their increased need to grow and expand services with fluctuating customer demands. Sun is working closely with Joyent and NaviSite to help address these requirements and is now able to offer these emerging companies all the advantages of the extremely flexible and scalable Solaris 10 OS based infrastructure.
Joyent and NaviSite are using Solaris Container virtualization technology, part of the Solaris 10 OS, the most advanced OS on the planet, to deliver the secure and high-performance infrastructure to help deploy next-generation web applications that can scale based on demand. Sun’s partners also provide value-add services to manage and monitor their hosted environments. With highly flexible hosting offerings, customers can choose to start with a small capacity and grow flexibly as their business and community grows.
The Sun Startup Essentials program is designed to help eligible U.S. based startup companies get to market faster while conserving cash. The program offers its members a range of discounted Sun products and services, including its award-winning Sun Fire x64 servers and Sun Fire servers with CoolThreads technology, and Sun’s select StorageTek line of products, including modular disk arrays, NAS and tape storage products.
In addition to offering products and services to eligible U.S. based members, Sun also is offering free technical advice via email and access to free software such as Apache, MySQL and Perl (AMP) optimized to run on the Solaris 10 OS. As of today, program members can also select the Web hosting infrastructure from Sun partners based on Sun technologies along with services they need, in case they choose not to build and operate the infrastructure themselves. Sun develops technologies designed to power comprehensive markets, in more than 100 countries.
To learn more about Sun’s web hosting program, please visit: www.sun.com/startupessentials.
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