Underscoring the success of its robust alternative to the costly, complex, closed mainframe environment, Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced it has hit a major milestone with the 1,000th mainframe rehosting customer installation at Europ Assistance Group. Utilizing Sun Mainframe Transaction Processing software (Sun MTP) and Sun Mainframe Batch Manager software (Sun MBM), Sun provides enterprises with deep cost savings, tight security and robust functionality as well as investment protection when migrating legacy applications from a mainframe to highly reliable, available and secure Sun Fire and Sun Enterprise servers running the Solaris Operating System.

Sun has been leading the UNIX mainframe movement and maintains a leadership position in the high-end UNIX market. Sun continues to build on the success of its mainframe rehosting initiative with its 1,000th mainframe rehosting software installation at Europ Assistance Group. Through the Sun MTP and the Sun MBM software, Sun's mainframe rehosting solutions have helped enable customers worldwide to run existing mainframe CICS, COBOL and batch applications – commonly found in commercial banking and insurance, manufacturing, retail and government – virtually unmodified but in a contemporary computing environment.

Europ Assistance Group, created 40 years ago, helped invent the assistance service business. It provides services to members in three main areas – automobile cover, medical cover as well as a home visit service. The Group now operates in 208 countries, and has 3,200 associates in 32 companies all over the world. Europ Assistance dealt with 6. 5 million cases of assistance in the course of 2002. Its Italian subsidiary, Europ Assistance Italy, initiated an aggressive cost-reduction program, which lead to the decommissioning of the mainframe system.

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