AT&T and Sun form services partnership

AT&T Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. will sell Web site hosting and various other related services that will run on Sun hardware, the companies announced Tuesday.

Both companies will use their direct sales forces and shared marketing campaigns to try and expand AT&T's Managed Hosting Services business, AT&T said in a statement. The services included in the deal are Web hosting, security and network management, along with ongoing support.

The deal includes Sun software, servers and storage hardware as well as its support services. AT&T and Sun expect to initiate their own deals related to the partnership, but will also turn to resellers and software partners to handle some parts of the overall services package, AT&T said in the statement.

The companies claim that customers will benefit from the deal by being able to tap into a vast network of shared resources. This should help them roll out software and other types of Web services at a quicker pace, according to the statement.

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