Veritas, Oracle and Sun Microsystems have teamed up to offer pre-configured systems to businesses that want to implement ebusiness infrastructures quickly.
The companies have combined their respective hardware and software products to create systems that are immediately available from their channel partners.
Gary Bloom, executive vice president for system products at Oracle, said: "Customers are literally asking for this initiative to come about from Oracle, Veritas and Sun. They are looking for infrastructure availability; they are interested in reducing their risk; and they want to get to market more quickly."
The initial configurations include E4500 servers and D1000 storage arrays from Sun, Oracle 8i and Oracle 8i release 2, and Volume Manager 3.0 and File System 3.3 from Veritas. Four or five more configurations are being tested.
Ed Zander, Sun's president and chief operating officer, said there are hundreds if not thousands of new accounts trying to get to market with business-to-business and business-to-consumer systems. This initiative "gives customers a chance to select best of breed", he said, while taking a pot shot at the single vendor solutions offered by IBM and Microsoft.
Key to the success of what the companies call the VOS (Veritas, Oracle, Sun) Initiative, is the Joint Escalation Centre, which is located near Silicon Valley. The centre is staffed by engineers from all three companies to provide a single source for multi-product support and problem resolution.
The engineers will be cross-trained in each others products, said Mark Leslie, chairman and chief executive of Veritas.
The executives from the three companies would not say what financial commitment VOS had taken nor would they speculate on what impact it would have on their revenue. They plan to sell the pre-configured systems internally, but there are no plans for more joint centres yet.
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