Bullant to take sting out of remote downloads

Negligible memory take-up and high-volume remotely-hosted application enablement will allow mobile internet users to access software from the internet as smoothly as from their PC, says Bullant executive Gary Aitchison.

Aitchison, CEO of Sydney developer Bullant, claims his company's software can reduce an application's server space from up to 600MB to a mere 4MB, representing a huge reduction in download time.

He explained that Bullant's ZF Player, which "sits on top of the (server) operating system", provides an "in-memory, object-oriented transaction system that enables hundreds of thousands of concurrent users" to access software stored on that server.

Prior to the ZF Player, a host wanting to deliver a "rich" application via the internet would need to deploy a web server and a "server-side interface", as well as an application server and a transaction monitor to integrate the application server. He believes this "entire architecture", which uses as much as 600MB of memory, can now be replaced with the 4MB ZF Player.

Aitchison said the ZF Player would be targeted at companies wishing to provide high-value interaction across IP or wireless internet technology.

Using the ZF Player product, application hosts can construct "sophisticated applications", which web users can smoothly access from their GSM mobile phone, palm pilot, wireless or internet-enabled desktop. Aitchison believes that by using Bullant technology, web users can access software applications as seamlessly over the internet as from their PC's hard drive. The ZF Player will benefit users of both standard modems and broadband technology, he claimed.

Currently privately funded by the likes of Macquarie Bank, Bullant was considering an initial public offering in late 2001, Aitchison said. Discussions with Sun Microsystems and Intel regarding possible partnerships were underway, but were not expected to "bear fruit" until June, he said.

Bullant will launch the ZF Player, its first product offering since commencing development five years ago, on May 1.

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