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Sun woos retail customers

Sun Microsystems on Tuesday signed up two new retail customers, Sportsman's Warehouse and Benetton Group, helping the Santa Clara, Calif.-based server seller to diversify from its core telecommunication and financial services markets. Sportsman's Warehouse is using Sun systems that replace Windows 2000 systems to monitor store operations in real time rather than after the fact. Benetton's decision was part of a plan to use Solaris and Linux servers.

Both customers also are using Sun's Java software, which lets programs run on a variety of different computing systems without having to be customized for each one. Terms of the deals weren't announced.