Lucent Technologies and Sun Microsystems on Wednesday announced a broad collaboration to develop network infrastructure and to offer a series of Internet commerce applications. As part of the agreement, Lucent will purchase $US500 million in servers and other technology from Sun.
Under the terms of the deal, Lucent, using Sun servers, will build new network infrastructure that can be used by service providers and enterprises to support Internet business applications, the companies said.
"Service providers will be able to expand their offerings to users to do e-commerce and e-mail, and expand the quality of their experience," Scott McNealy, Sun chairman and chief executive officer said.
Lucent will spend up to $500 million during seven years to buy Sun Netra servers and the company's Solaris Unix operating system as the platform for Lucent's new wireless network architecture and the development of high-speed optical network technology.
The companies also announced they will bundle networking systems to make it easier for enterprises and network service providers to build electronic businesses that create central "marketplaces" for consumer interactions.
"Enterprises want a Web centre that will give their customers better access to information," Rich McGuinn chief executive officer of Lucent Technologies said.
The applications include the Hosted Email Offer, now in beta testing; Intelligent Customer Relationship Management, scheduled for beta launch in the third quarter of 2000; Intelligent Policy-Enabled E-Commerce, available in beta testing in the first quarter of 2000; and Communications Portal, ready for beta customers in the second quarter of 2000.