Companies join Sun's dot-com initiative

Three more companies have announced that they will take part in Sun Microsystems' new initiative to help companies transform themselves into "dot.com" businesses.

Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC), Verio and IXL Enterprises, in statements issued on Wednesday, detailed their plans to act as partners in Sun's new initiative, called iForce.

The program seeks to bring companies together with vendors and service providers that can put in place different parts of a company's online operations. Other companies lending their support to the initiative include software vendors like Oracle, Inktomi and Net Perceptions, as well as service providers such as AT&T, Exodus Communications and US Internetworking.

CSC will offer its network of centres where companies can test and evaluate online applications before they purchase them, the company said in a statement. CSC, which already announced a global web hosting service earlier this month, has founded the first such centre, in Newark, Delaware, and plans to open two more centres in Canberra, Australia and in the city of Farnborough, in the UK.

The centres will focus on testing applications for business-to-business supply chain management, security and customer relationship management applications.

Web-hosting company Verio also said on Wednesday that it will take part in Sun's Startup-Accelerator Program, part of the iForce initiative geared to helping startup companies.

Verio will offer the companies Web hosting, data centre and Internet bandwidth services for six months, using Sun's hardware and software, the company said in a statement.

IXL Enterprises, also said it has struck a "non-binding" agreement with Sun to offer four facilities at which companies can develop and test online applications. The Atlanta, Georgia-based company will focus on developing applications based on digital media and broadband technologies, as well as applications to manage companies' supply chain, electronic commerce and relationships with other companies.

The centres will also feature Sun's servers, software and storage facilities. IXL did not say where the centres would be based.

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