Sun offers fast track to online apps

The company's Solaris On Demand program is aimed at software makers looking to convert on-premise applications to hosted offerings.

Sun Microsystems is launching a program to help software makers convert their existing, on-premise applications into software-as-a-service offerings.

The Solaris On Demand program, announced on Wednesday, is targeted at independent software vendors. Sun offers the software, hosting and services to convert applications. Sun says it is partnering with NaviSite. AT&T's USi Communications, and NTT Europe to provide hosting services.

Sun, along with partners, will offer a 90-day proof-of-concept trial to give independent software vendors access to hosting, hardware managed services, and backup services. The company guarantees a service level agreement of 99.5 percent uptime.

The service price varies by ISV, based on the scope of work needed, according to Sun. The price "can vary from a thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars based on how many seats are required," according to Vince Vasquez, a business development manager at Sun.

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