Unicon, Inc., the leading independent provider of open source-based enterprise portal, collaboration, learning, and integration technology for higher education institutions, announced a partnership with Sun Microsystems to power the Academus Open Campus portal with a high performance Sun Fire Server running the Solaris 10 open source operating system.
Unicon's Academus Open Campus (www.academusopencampus.com) is a portal that allows academic institutions to evaluate the latest teaching and learning technologies with no/minimal investment of software licenses or IT resources. Unicon and Sun Microsystems are promoting the Sakai Collaborative and Learning Environment with a free Sakai Test Drive and Sakai Pilot Programme. Sun Microsystems and Unicon are supporting the promotion and implementation of the Sakai Collaborative and Learning Environment through numerous sales, marketing, and educational industry events. Both companies are also strong contributors to the open source and community source movements in higher education with technologies from JA-SIG (Java Administration Special Interest Group.), and uPortal. Future areas of cooperation between Sun Microsystems and Unicon will include performance and scalability testing in Sun's labs and recommending application bundles for small and medium-sized institutions.
Sun was formed in 1982 out of research at Stanford University and the University of California and strongly supports open systems, open source, and communities to help create new markets and new opportunities. Sun's educational programs range from providing free software to centers-of-excellence to giving away training/educational materials to higher education at no charge. The Sakai (www.sakaiproject.org) software is a community source effort to develop a platform for innovation in collaboration, teaching and learning, and research support software. Unicon has been designing, building and managing technology solutions for colleges, universities, schools, and corporations worldwide. Unicon (www.unicon.net) also maintains and supports applications for the Cisco Networking Academy Program.