Sun, AL Indigo use MySQL to build HIV/AIDS portal

By   |  July 25, 2003

Sun Microsystems and partner AL Indigo – a new, black owned enterprise solutions company – recently completed work on an HIV/AIDS portal for South Africa\’s Medical Research Council(MRC). The site, built around the Sun ONE portal technology and based on the open source MySQL database, can be found at: www.afroaidsinfo.org.

Gillian Staniland, Knowledge Management Divisional Manager at the MRC, says the HIV/AIDS portal was conceived and designed to be a comprehensive resource for information and research for researchers, health professionals, policy makers, educators and the public.

Staniland says the site is aimed at delivering \”comprehensive and unified access to a heterogeneous collection of information sources through a secure access layer. It also caters for services such as discussion groups, generating newsletters on new information added on certain categories of information, e-transactions if required, and bibliographic services.\”

\”Because of the volume of information available on the portal, extensive intelligent searching of data in multiple formats and sources – including relational databases – was a prerequisite, with strong document management capabilities and the integration of email,\” says Chris Mulder, solution architect at AL Indigo.

The portal is built on Sun Fire F280V servers and the Sun ONE software stack including Sun ONE Portal Server, Secure Remote Access Pack, Personalised Knowledge Services, Directory and Web Server, Jive Software and the MySQL Open Source SQL database.

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