Standards Rule iPlanet Server

SAN MATEO (05/12/2000) - Rede Globo will this week will roll out its iPlanet Application Server (iAS) 6.0, focusing on the server's embrace of Internet standards, including Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) application-model compliance and XML technologies.

The company has stripped out the pre-J2EE application model and added the J2EE model on top of its application server engine to help users build "business-ready applications for what we call 'continuous uptime' and large-scale, highly scalable applications," said Sanjay Sarathy, product marketing director at iPlanet.

The J2EE model also enables iAS to integrate with different types of back-end systems; for example, iPlanet supports the JMS (Java Messaging Service) API so companies can integrate with message-oriented middleware. Sarathy said the J2EE component model also lends itself well to the practice of component reuse.

"Companies are starting to deliver a wide range of e-commerce services over the Web, and rather than having to rebuild these new services from scratch each time, if you're using a J2EE-compliant application server and building to that new application model, you can reuse components built across multiple applications," Sarathy said. "J2EE provides you with interfaces into the third-party systems, so you as a software vendor don't have to build your own proprietary interface each time for each one of these different systems."

Evan Quinn, vice president of application strategy at Hurwitz Group Inc., in Framingham, Massachusetts, said J2EE has "struck a cord" among corporate developers, especially for business-to-business and business-to-customer implementations.

"All of the key app server vendors -- with, of course, the exception of Microsoft -- have made a strong commitment to J2EE," Quinn said. "We're getting closer to a meeting of minds on the J2EE side, [and] I think this will help consolidate J2EE as a real platform and make the whole concept more compelling.

It makes all the adopters feel safe, like they made the right investment."

The iAS product also supports core XML technologies, including XSL (Extensible Style Language), Sarathy said. XSL takes information from a single source, transforms it into another XML-based language, such as HDML, and can deliver that content to a variety of devices.

"We provide both the core XML technologies, like an XML parser, as well as an XML engine for companies to be able to read and transform XML documents," Sarathy said.

Pointing to iPlanet's large installed base of NetDynamics and Netscape Application Server customers, Quinn said iPlanet is on the right track with J2EE.

"If iPlanet can do a good job of providing an upgrade path to the J2EE platform, those who discounted them in the application server and even the communication platform space may be surprised," Quinn said.

Pricing for iAS, including iPlanet Web Server and iPlanet Directory Server, is $35,000 per CPU.iPlanet, part of the Sun Microsystems Inc. - Netscape Communications Corp.

Alliance, in Mountain View, California, is at www.iplanet.com.iAS additionsAlong with J2EE and XML support, iPlanet Application Server also includes other features.

* Integration with iPlanet Application Builder development tool* iPlanet Process Manager, for automating development and deployment of business processes* J2EE software tools, training, and support services

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