The Customer Ready System (CRS) programme integrates both Sun and third-party hardware and software products into a customised ready-to-deploy system.
Similar initiatives from IBM and Dell have proved to be popular, the companies claim, because the higher purchase cost is offset by a reduction in the total cost of ownership. Fewer integration problems enable users to achieve an accelerated return on investment.
Formerly piloted as the Floor-Tile-Ready Programme, the CRS is currently being offered in the UK through Sun distributor Clarity Technology. A spokesman for Sun said a second factory currently being built in Scotland will offer the configured systems direct at a later date.
In the US, the University of Hawaii used the CRS programme to deploy a student information system. Michael Hodges, manager of systems services at the university, said the service was chosen because it needed to meet very tight deadlines for implementation of the system.
"I had also recommend it as a way of alleviating [deployment] bottlenecks to anyone with serious facility or staffing constraints," he added.