The company has announced Customer Ready Systems (CRS), a program under which it will integrate third-party hardware and software products according to customer specifications.
The CRS service ranges from basic factory integration of standard Sun hardware and software suites to custom configurations, system design and lifecycle management services involving Sun's Professional Services Group and channel partners.
Products that the company will integrate on the factory floor include all Sun software products as well as customer-provided and non-competitive third-party software.
The program formally widens a Sun initiative the company has been running for the past 18 months under which it has been delivering custom-bundled hardware and software products for selected customers. Other vendors, such as IBM and Dell Computer, already offer similar custom configurable systems.
This kind of integration and testing of hardware and software on the factory floor is aimed at making it easier and quicker for users to install and configure new hardware and applications, Tony Adams, an analyst at Gartner's Dataquest unit said. It also reduces many of the common problems and installation errors that can creep in while deploying new systems, he said.
"The biggest benefit for users is the simplification of the whole [integration] process," Adams said. "Sun's taking on more of a risk by committing to integrate the software for customers, but they are returning higher-value."
Sun will deliver the program in conjunction with its iForce channel partners.