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Sun targets SMBs with low-cost computing tool

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(From right) Mr Mohan Menon, CEO, Net i Tech Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, Mr Rajesh Rege, Director, Sun Microsystems, and Mr S.V. Sriram, President, Accel ICIM, at a press conference in Bangalore on Wednesday. — G.R.N. Somashekar

Bangalore , Aug. 25

SUN Microsystems announced the launch of its low-cost computing solutions, targeted at the small and medium businesses, in India on Wednesday.

The company has tied up with the Singapore-based Net iTech Asia Pacific Pte Ltd and the Chennai-based Accel ICIM Systems and Services Ltd for this new joint initiative.

Sun will be bundling Net iTech's Nitix server operating system with its hardware platform Solaris x86, while its premier Linux System provider in India Accel ICIM would be taking the solution to the market.

"We are initially targeting the manufacturing, education, retail and the textiles sectors with the low cost solution," said Mr Rajesh Rege, Director, Sun Microsystems India.

The attractively priced, low-cost computing solution from the Sun stable reduces the cost of ownership by as much as 50 per cent, Mr Rege said adding that the company is eyeing a market share of between 35 per cent-40 per cent over the next two to three years.

Nitix, built around the Linux kernel, has features such as auto-back up, integrated firewall and virtual private network among others. Its Web-based management interface ensures cost savings to the customers by reducing the need of highly trained IT staff.

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