Case | HBS Case Collection | September 1998 (Revised March 1999)

Sun Microsystems and the N-tier Architecture

by Richard L. Nolan and Kelley Porter


Sun Microsystems is a pioneer in networking computing. Sun's servers maintain a large market share and are considered highly scaleable. The case describes the n-tier architecture for building and managing large networks in which thousands of workers and customers are connected to enterprise servers.

Keywords: Technology Networks; Information Technology; Technological Innovation; Business Strategy; Innovation Strategy; Information Technology Industry;


Nolan, Richard L., and Kelley Porter. "Sun Microsystems and the N-tier Architecture." Harvard Business School Case 399-037, September 1998. (Revised March 1999.)