Sun launches Centre of Excellence

Sun Microsystems officially announces the opening of their first ever centre of excellence in collaboration with the UAE University’s College of IT.

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By  Shankar Sharma Published  March 14, 2005

Sun Microsystems, in tandem with the UAE University College of Information Technology, announces the official opening of the first Sun ‘Centre of Excellence’ in the Middle East region. A whole new laboratory has been built to house the centre, which is focusing primarily on research and development in security. Security is the paramount concern for Sun and it’s competitors throughout the world. Kim Jones, global vice president of research and development at Sun explains, “Network security is one of the most important topics right now.” The centre is unique in its focus on this issue, and is designed to act as a centre not just for the UAE, but also for the whole Middle East region. Solutions devised at the centre are to be applied to real-life problems encountered by the regions various government departments and businesses. It is committed furthermore, to the education of UAE nationals. Sun also announces the free use of its software for students at the College of IT. Students stand to benefit from access to over 100 online courses Sun is making available. “We are providing students with the tools and training to adapt to today’s world,” elaborates Jones. “Through the vision of the government, we are building a knowledge-based society that will take the lead in contributing to the region’s IT community,” adds Dr Hadif Al-Daheri, vice chancellor of the university. Staffed by experts specialising in IT security, the new faculty will assist government and industry organizations with all aspects of their network and information security curriculum. As part of Sun’s commitment to the project, the company has dedicated two Sun Academic Equipment Grants. The agreement includes the provision of Sun hardware running the Solaris software environment, to be used for ongoing educational and research curricula. The Sun centre aims to drive innovation and development in enterprise-class computing, networking and security, and the company’s direct investment is targeted to support research and development strategies of organizations in the UAE. The college itself will continue to play the leading role in training students about security and networking technology.

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