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J.D. Edwards and Sun Test for Competency

Enterprise software vendor J.D. Edwards (NASDAQ: JDEC) and systems giant Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: SUNW) today announced the opening of the J.D. Edwards-Sun Competency Center.

Based in Denver, Colo., the centers are designed to test collaborative supply chain applications and technologies that improve time-to-market, smooth process transitions and lower total cost of ownership.

According to the companies, the facility provides a range of solution evaluation, configuration and capacity planning services. The center will be used to qualify advanced technologies and platforms from Sun and J.D. Edwards. It will also serve as a test bed for system integrators to develop and test customized industry solutions. Companies can assess and validate that their needs are met with J.D. Edwards' OneWorld ERP, CRM and APS software, running on Sun servers, storage technology and Sun Cluster 3.0/SunPlex, Sun's most powerful and comprehensive cluster solution.

According to Sun and J.D. Edwards, these jointly developed solutions are ideal for deployment in organizations and industries such as government, education, research, telecommunications, service providers, media, financial and manufacturing. The Competency Center offers service for companies looking for collaborative commerce solution evaluation, capacity planning and scalability testing.

"This collaboration is a significant step forward in delivering optimized software/hardware solutions to our customers and to the market," said Mike Jackson, senior manager, OneWorld Platform Technologies, J.D. Edwards in a statement released today. "We are giving customers peace of mind by helping them determine whether a solution will solve their business problems and to test configurations and scalability scenarios. We selected Sun's Sun Cluster 3.0/SunPlex environment because it provides continuous availability and horizontal scaling of our OneWorld application services."

"Customers have the opportunity to prove the combined Sun J.D. Edwards open solutions provides a competitive advantage in managing their own custom real-world business needs, while limiting their technology risks and protecting their investments," said Greg Rucki, director of Global Alliances for Sun.

Both Sun and J.D. Edwards are included in ASPnews list of Top 20 Infrastructure Providers.