Sun Plants Seeds for E-Startups

FRAMINGHAM (03/09/2000) - Sun Microsystems Inc. yesterday announced its iForce program to help Internet startup companies put their businesses online.

The initiative includes a variety of discounted hardware, software and services from Sun and iForce partner companies, such as Autonomy, Open Market, Oracle Corp. and others. The program also includes free software tools, development licenses and discounted deployment licenses.

To ensure that a startup's Web applications work properly, Sun announced the iForce Ready Centers, where Internet-based software can be tested prior to going live online. The first center is located in Menlo Park, Calif. Next month, Sun-operated iForce Ready Centers will be opened in Tokyo and Paris. Sun partners will open similar centers throughout the world.

In addition, Sun announced that it has created a $300 million investment fund to underwrite technology costs for Internet startups.

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