UPDATE: Sun/Netscape Products Porting to AIX

The AIX operating system from IBM Corp. will soon be running the entire suite of iplanet Internet e-business applications available from the alliance between Sun Microsystems Inc. and Netscape Communications Corp., the companies announced today.

Though the applications suite competes directly with IBM's WebSphere suite, IBM's RS/6000 division chose to form the relationship with the alliance to retain IBM customers currently running the AIX operating system, according to Rod Atkins, general manager of IBM's RS/6000 business line.

The complete iplanet suite currently runs only on the Sun Solaris Unix operating system. In December, the Web server, mail server, messaging server and directory server within iplanet were adapted to run on the AIX operating system, IBM's Unix offering. The decision by IBM and the Alliance means the companies will add more capabilities, such as calendar, certificate management and additional e-commerce applications.

"To this point, the lead operating environment with that capability has been Sun Solaris. So this puts AIX in a much stronger position for an operating environment," said Brad Day, an analyst with Giga Information Group Inc. in Norwell, Mass. "This adds AIX to the short list."

The e-business sector represents 25% to 35% of IBM's installed AIX-RS/6000 systems, and protecting that market share was critical, Day said.

The Sun-Netscape Alliance, in Mountain View, California, is at http://www.iplanet.com/.

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