SchlumbergerSema, Sun offer utility computing service

JOHANNESBURG (12/03/2003) - SchlumbergerSema, the ICT business segment of the listed Schlumberger Ltd., and Sun Microsystems Inc. have unveiled an agreement intended to bring utility computing solutions to customers in the energy, finance, telecommunications and public sectors around the world.

The agreement aims to enable SchlumbergerSema, a member of the Sun iForce community, to use Sun's utility computing architecture to enable businesses in these sectors to dynamically match ICT sourcing to business needs.

The agreement gives these organizations access to a globally available, secure outsourced business solution from SchlumbergerSema that includes consulting and managed services as an option, the company says.

"With SchlumbergerSema and Sun, customers have the ability to scale up and scale down on processing capacity, as well as pay only for the increments utilized, enabling them to predict and control costs of securely shared ICT resources," says Hossein Sazegar, vice-president, Computing Infrastructure Outsourcing, SchlumbergerSema.

"Our experience at providing variable-cost and variable-capacity solutions has shown that such models can address business objectives to generate immediate cost-efficiencies and improve return on investment.

"Sun's open, secure utility computing infrastructures and pricing model, combined with SchlumbergerSema's expertise in providing ICT business solutions, can deliver customized, pay-for-use network computing options that equip organizations to meet market-specific business priorities," he adds.

The solution from SchlumbergerSema is said to include federated security from the Java Card identity badge through network identity servers managing identities and controlling access to the networks, applications and facilities; and worldwide support services from the hosted operation to the desktop.

Jos Nickmans, channel development manager at Sun Microsystems SA, says: "Businesses will be able to pay for the computing resources they use through Sun's resource metering capabilities."

Nickmans adds that the agreement is a demonstration that Sun's utility computing initiative is gaining solid traction and momentum in its partner community.

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