Covisint Selects Exodus, Sun

Covisint, the e-business exchange for the automotive industry, selected
Exodus Communications Inc. for global Internet hosting and went with Sun
Microsystems Inc. as the primary UNIX platform provider to power its Web,
application and database servers


Santa Clara, Calif.-based Exodus said it was tapped to provide
Covisint’s infrastructure, including a hosting solution serving multiple
global locations that includes facilities, security, storage and network
services as well as monitoring and professional services.


“By leveraging Exodus’ hosting and managed services expertise we are able to
focus on the business of building our e-business exchange and providing our
customers with superior service,” said Kevin Vasconi, CTO at Covisint.


Exodus clearly was in need of some good news; last week the company said it
would shed about 15 percent of its work force, or about 675 jobs, as it tries
to control costs as it suffers through a general decline in spending on
technology.


Exodus stock was down 52 cents in mid-day trading to $8.31; its 52-week high
is $69.


Palo Alto, Calif.-based Sun , meanwhile, was selected to power
Covisint’s Web, application and database servers powering data centers in
both the United States and Europe.


Sun said it was chosen not only because of its availability and scalability,
but because of the two companies’ commitment to an open standards
environment.


“Through its selection of proven technology and commitment to open standards,
Covisint clearly understands how to build an automotive exchange that can
meet current and future requirements,” said Robert R. DeMartino Jr., vice
president of customer communities at Sun


Indeed, the openness of the business exchange will be the key to its
survival, Covisint said, adding that “there are many layers required in an
exchange’s business systems integration. Applications need to interoperate
ultimately, multi-exchange integration will be required.”


Just last week Sun teamed with B2B software company i2 Technologies Inc. for
joint engineering, sales, support and marketing for next-generation CRM
products.


Financial arrangements were not disclosed for either of today’s deals.


Southfield, Mich.-based Covisint was developed by DaimlerChrysler, Ford,
General Motors, Nissan, Renault, Commerce One and Oracle to provide the
automotive industry with collaborative product development, procurement and
supply chain tools.

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