Sun to expand on e-commerce software plans Monday

Top executives from Sun Microsystems Inc. are due to host a press conference here Monday (Tuesday Australian time) to discuss their strategy and new product plans for helping businesses build Web-based e-commerce applications and services.

Sun Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Scott McNealy will take the stage with President and Chief Operating Officer Ed Zander to outline the company's Internet software plans for the coming year, including offerings from iPlanet E-Commerce Solutions, a company formed through an alliance between Sun and America Online Inc.

Sun officials were tight lipped about the press conference Friday, but, in a brief statement, the company said it will discuss software and tools that businesses can use to deliver services over multiple network types. The conference will include a discussion of "new product plans" and "next-generation services," Sun said.

The iPlanet venture was formed in 1999 and offers an application server as well as software for deploying e-commerce services and other applications.

In January, iPlanet released ECXpert 3.5, an XML-based software product for B2B (business-to-business) commerce, and Integration Server 2.1. ECXpert aids the delivery of encrypted documents over the Web and private networks. Integration Server 2.1 links legacy systems with newer Internet-based systems, helping to provide interoperability between data that run across differing systems, platforms and APIs (application programming interfaces).

The Sun event is scheduled to kick off at 3 p.m. PST (Pacific Standard Time) in San Francisco's Palace Hotel.

Sun Microsystems, in Palo Alto, California, can be reached at +1-650-960-1300 or at http://www.sun.com/.

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