Through August 1999, Sun customers worldwide who purchase the Netra j server software package to enable and administer their JavaStation NCs will also receive a free trial version of Lotus' eSuite WorkPlace software at no additional cost.
With the trial software, JavaStation NC users will enjoy full use of the eSuite WorkPlace product for a trial period of 120(a) days.
"As a partner of both Lotus and Sun in the United States and internationally, we are excited about this Java technology-based offering, and look forward to growing our business, along with Lotus and Sun, as eSuite and the JavaStation NC are deployed by customers," said Mary Galvin, vice president of VAR sales for Santa Ana, California-based Ingram Micro Inc., the world's leading wholesale distributor of technology products and services, and a Sun-authorized master reseller.
To date, Pershing has installed 30 JavaStations, all of which are connected to the Internet.
Both students and teachers began using the JavaStations for e-mail, science experiments and other learning activities.
Elsewhere, Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisc., has deployed JavaStations in a 24-hour computing lab.
Pending budget approval, the organization expects to replace 500 dumb terminals and PCs with new Sun Microsystems JavaStations later this year, says Duane Paul, vice president of information services for UniHealth.
The second phase would provide JavaStations to employees currently without access, in many cases via a kiosk.
"We've had JavaStations installed on a test basis for four or five months," says Paul.
The JavaStations were installed at California Hospital in downtown Los Angeles and at Long Beach Community Hospital, Long Beach.
We wonder whether Sun will be able to gather the likes of IDC and Aberdeen Group behind it, two of the research companies which it rounded up to declare JavaStations
- or at least NCs in general - would be the next big thing in corporate desktop computing.
The University of Western Ontario has deployed 250 JavaStations
and two Sun Enterprise 450 servers in its DB Weldon library, following a four month pilot program.