Sun further integrates Solaris with Hyperion BI apps

Sun Microsystems Inc. and Hyperion Solutions Corp. have joined forces to further integrate Sun’s Solaris platform with Hyperion’s business intelligence (BI) applications.

Srikant Gokulnatha , director product marketing and strategy for Hyperion in Sunnyvale, Calif., said the company has a large percentage of customers that use Solaris. This partnership with Sun ensures that Hyperion’s products are certified to run on Solaris, meaning that users deploying both platforms will run into fewer glitches and have an easier time integrating the products into their infrastructure, he said.

“One way customers get to a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) is by picking a solution that is already tested because the relatively of success is much higher,” Goklunatha said. This is because users won’t have to spend as much money on their systems integration efforts.

Hyperion’s products generally fall into the area of analytics and reporting in the BI landscape with its products such as the Hyperion Essbase family and Hyperion Business Performance Management Suite.

Hudson Advisors LLC has been using Hyperion’s Essbase, Hyperion Reports and Hyperion’s Planning for three years. It now runs the 7.1 version of Essbase, the 7.0.1 version of Reports and the 3.51 version of Planning.

The company selected Hyperion after an analysis from Infosys Technologies Ltd. showed that Hyperion’s products would be the best fit for Hudson’s needs, said Janis Hogue, CIO and senior vice-president of technology at Hudson’s headquarters in Dallas.

Hudson runs its Hyperion products on Sun’s Solaris because of the platform’s high availability, Hogue said. The company plans to upgrade to Solaris 10 after its pending release in November. Additionally, both the Solaris platform and Hyperion work well with other components of Hudson’s infrastructure.

“[Hyperion] is very friendly to our environment because we use our Solaris and our Sun equipment for business critical systems but [the Hyperion products] are also compatible with other systems in our environment,” she said. These products include its storage area network (SAN) from Hewlett-Packard Co. and its Microsoft Corp. applications, Hogue said.

One of the reasons Hyperion was a good fit for Hudson is because the BI vendor’s products are integrated with Microsoft’s Excel. But signing on with Hyperion was initially risky because the BI vendor was not performing well financially, Hogue said. But the company has turned around and is no longer on the rocks, she noted.

Hyperion also supports Microsoft Windows and Red Hat Inc.’s Linux. But with this new integration with Sun, Hyperion will also support Sun’s Java Enterprise System (JES) and its Java Desktop System (JDS), said Michael McNerney, director, business application market development at Sun in Menlo Park, Calif.

Sun also has partnerships with other BI and database vendors other than Hyperion including Informatica Corp., IBM Corp., Oracle Corp. and Sybase Inc., McNerney said.

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