Sun Offers ISVs Free Test of SAAS Delivery Model

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Sun's Solaris on Demand provides ISVs with a free sandbox, managed services and backup for 90 days.

In an attempt to eliminate barriers to entry for ISVs entering the software-as-a-service market, Sun Microsystems is offering a free 90-day proof-of-concept sandbox trial of Solaris on Demand.

The program relies on Sun's Solaris operating system as the infrastructure and is hosted by a handful of participating service providers. The ISV gets the sandbox, managed services and backup.

"The ISV can come in and experiment with this on-demand ISV model," said Sanjay Sharma, director of startups and emerging markets at Sun. "By the end of the 90 days they should be up and running and already getting some business to transition them into the paid model of the program."

During those 90 days, ISVs can market their product and test pricing, according to Vince Vasquez, business development manager for SAAS at Sun.

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By using the Solaris on Demand service, ISVs can avoid hosting or arranging for hosting of their SAAS offering, and avoid managing the infrastructure, said Vasquez. "It lets the ISV focus on what they do best," he said. "A lot of ISVs will start their on-demand services in house, but if they have any success they may find that managing servers are not their core competency."
Vasquez said Solaris is a good choice for infrastructure because of its embedded virtualization technology, which allows ISVs to leverage virtualization without the need for additional software licenses.

Callidus, an ISV that offers sales force automation software, has been in production with Solaris on Demand since August 2006, according to Vasquez, and now has 44,000 subscribers. Sun has signed up other ISV partners, too, he said, though he declined to say how many.

The program is open to large and small ISVs alike, with no minimum footprint to go into production. It is initially targeted at existing Sun partners that develop applications that can run on the Solaris operating system. The 90-day free sandbox concept is designed to help partners join without a capital investment.

"This takes the risk out for ISVs to make that transition to the on-demand model," Vasquez said. "There's a huge ecosystem of applications on Solaris, and that is a huge opportunity for us. We are seeing good early traction."

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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