Sun combines software groups

Announcing an internal reorganization, Sun Microsystems, Inc. combined its System Products and Network Service Provider groups into a single organization called the Computer Systems Group, the company said Friday.

The new organization will be responsible for enterprise and workgroup servers, network servers and edge-computing devices like Sun Cobalt appliances, desktop products, Sun's wireless initiative and SPARC processor development, Sun said. The consolidation will benefit users because it will increase the quality of products and decrease their price.

The System Products Group previously handled data-center products, desktop product lines, appliances and SPARC chip developments, while the Network Service Provider Group was essentially a sales and marketing unit focused on service providers like Lucent Technologies Inc, telecommunications companies, and Sun's wireless program, said Larry Lettieri, a Sun spokesman.

The consolidation of the two units does not presage job reductions, he said. "It's for economies of scale, to focus on our big markets," he said. He declined to say how many employees would be involved in the consolidation.

Sun Microsystems, in Palo Alto, California, can be reached at +1-650-960-1300 or at http://www.sun.com/.

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