SchlumbergerSema, the information and communications technology segment of Schlumberger, and Sun Microsystems have joined forces to offer utility computing solutions to customers in the energy, finance, telecommunications and public sectors around the world.
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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 match ICT sourcing to business needs.
The agreement gives these organisations access to a globally available, secure outsourced business solution from SchlumbergerSema that includes consulting and managed services as an option.
"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 utilised, 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 customised, pay-for-use network computing options that equip organisations to meet market-specific business priorities," he added.
The offering 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, says: "Businesses will be able to pay for the computing resources they use through Sun's resource metering capabilities."
Nickmans added that the agreement is a demonstration that Sun's utility computing initiative is gaining momentum in its partner community.
This story was written by Computing SA staff