CMGI, Sun and Novell form net operating network

CMGI has formed a partnership with Sun Microsystems and Novell to develop an Internet network to deliver worldwide applications and services, the companies announced yesterday.

The new venture, called CMGion, will be based in Andover, Massachusetts, and will build data centres around the world that will deliver services over the network, the companies said in a statement.

CMGion will be a wholly owned subsidiary of CMGI, with Sun and Novell owning 8 percent each, Steve Adams, senior vice president of worldwide marketing for Novell, said yesterday.

"CMGion is creating three to five dozen data centers around the world that will function as one great datacentre," Adams said. "CMGion will deliver hosting, caching, applications and content. This 'ion' network means that wherever you go worldwide, you can plug into the network and get the same experience as if you were sitting at your PC."

The network will allow corporate Web sites, application and ISPs (Internet service providers), and proprietary networks to access its services, Adams said.

Sun will contribute appliance and server platforms and key operating system components. Novell will supply a software platform that will include caching, protocol, directory services based on its directory-enabled Net infrastructure model (DENIM), Adams said.

Each company will contribute $US20 million to the venture, Adams said.

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