iPlanet introduce new Web services platform

IPlanet E-Commerce Solutions, the joint venture between Sun Microsystems and AOL Time Warner, announced the launch of a Web-services enabled integration platform Monday, meant to position the company for competition in the burgeoning Web services market.

The integration platform supports a variety of Web-service technologies, including Java, Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) and XML (Extensible Markup Language), allowing customers to link to partners, customers and suppliers using different platforms, iPlanet said.

The platform features two new products; one is the iPlanet Integration Server, EAI (enterprise application integration) Edition, which is an upgraded version of iPlanet Integration Server 2.1. The server has new SOAP support, which allows back-end data sources to be represented as Web services. The iPlanet Integration Server, EAI Edition will be available in early September, with a starting price of US$4,000 per unit, the company said. The company did not specify what regions the product pricing applies to.

The other new product is the iPlanet Integration Server, B2B (business-to-business) Edition, which is a combination of two previously released products formerly known as iPlanet ECXpert and iPlanet Trading Xpert. The server will allow businesses to exchange information, including document routing and conversion, the company said. The iPlanet Integration Server, B2B Edition, will be available in late September, priced at $100,000 per unit.

The platform also includes iPlanet Message Queue for Java, which provides messaging infrastructure to Web developers who need to route messages between different applications and services. This product was already launched in June and is immediately available, at a cost of $4,000 per unit.

The iPlanet Integration Platform supports the Solaris Operating Environment, Windows NT, as well as other popular platforms, the company said.

IPlanet's new platform is part of the Sun One Net Environment (Sun ONE) Web services initiative launched last February.

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