Sun shines in multimillion IT tender
Sun Microsystems and its partner Horizon Open Systems (HOS) have completed a multimillion euro contract for hardware, software and services with Ingersoll-Rand International. The project is said to be one of the biggest IT deals in Ireland this year.
Sun Microsystems and HOS' professional services team jointly implemented the infrastructure elements of the project, providing a large cluster of Sun enterprise servers to run Ingersoll-Rand's mission-critical business applications – financial, supply chain management and order management systems – on a round-the-clock basis.
The new project lets Ingersoll-Rand identify and take cross-selling opportunities across all business service units with one integrated system, in addition to allowing customers to order products via the internet. The system will also enable Ingersoll-Rand to develop after-sales servicing opportunities and to gain knowledge of customer requirements not possible under the current architecture.
According to Thomas Walsh, technology services manager with Ingersoll-Rand International, the company intends to channel all business through its Dublin-based sales and services company; some US$3bn worth of transactions over the next few years.
Sun supplied a SunFire 15K as the main production platform and a SunFire 6800 for disaster recovery. A number of Sun workgroup servers are used in the architecture which is designed to be resilient.
By Gordon Smith