Sun-Netscape to Reveal New Products, New CTO

While it may not have permanent name yet, the Sun-Netscape Alliance does have a new chief technology officer, a new product family brand, new channel program and 100 days of existence under its belt since it was formed.

The company will announce today the appointment of Bud Tribble as the Alliance's chief technology officer. Tribble was formerly the vice president of Architecture and Technology for the Consumer Embedded Division at Sun Microsystems Inc., cofounded NeXT Computer Inc., and worked with the software engineering group at Apple Computer Inc. during the development of the Macintosh.

The Alliance will also announce the creation of the iPlanet product line, as a renaming and evolution of some of its existing extranet access, management and security applications.

The Alliance also plans to launch a new marketing campaign to promote iPlanet and has also formed a new channel program to work with system integrators and value added resellers. Also new is a Preferred Integrators initiative for working with system integrators such as Andersen Consulting, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and others.

The Sun-Netscape Alliance was created through the acquisition of Netscape Communications Corp. by America Online Inc., and a subsequent deal with Sun Microsystems earlier this year. Its software product portfolio includes messaging and calendaring, collaboration, Web, application, directory and certificate servers, as well as Commerce exchange, procurement, selling, and billing internet commerce applications.

The Sun-Netscape Alliance in Cupertino and Mountain View, California, is at http://www.sun.com/ or http://www.netscape.com/.

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