Sun Microsystems has launched its Startup Essentials Program in Australia and New Zealand, which offers free and heavily discounted Sun products and services to newly established businesses. The program was launched in the US in 2006 and India and China in 2007 and is already supporting 100 businesses globally, according to Sun, the company said in a press statement.Sun Microsystems will work with its partners MCR and WebCentral to implement the program.
To qualify, companies must not have been in business for more than six years or have more than 150 employees. Other details are available at https://au.sun.com/startup
The program will target eligible startup companies, such as those in the Web 2.0 space that require sophisticated and scalable technology solutions to power their business.
The Sun products included in the scheme range from open source software such as MySQL,, to discounted systems and storage. Qualifying startups will also have access to Sun’s team of professional engineers for technology queries.
“In today's economic conditions, small businesses face numerous financial challenges in their early stages. In order to encourage the growth of pioneering business communities such as the developer and web industry sectors, Sun is enabling startups that require a robust IT backbone to implement the right technology at their inception,” says Angus MacDonald, chief technologist, Sun Microsystems ANZ.