American Express has chosen Sun Microsystems’ Java Enterprise System (Java ES) to support mission-critical systems in its global IT infrastructure.
The agreement includes the purchase of licence subscriptions, services and support.
American Express will also use Sun’s open source Solaris operating system to support its Java ES implementation.
"We found an excellent value proposition in the Java ES as it will help us to consolidate our licensing costs, reduce integration costs, and improve both functionality and flexibility of our distributed applications, identity management and web services," said Phil Steitz, American Express chief technology officer.
American Express plans to use Java ES to support a number of projects, including portal applications and enhanced identity management services.
Java ES is used by companies to build their web-based applications, help maintain the identities of people who access their services, and enable them to quickly and securely develop and deploy applications and services.
Following the Amex deal, Sun says its Java ES now supports more than a million users worldwide.