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Sun To Develop New Communications Application Server Through Open Source GlassFish Community


Collaboration With Ericsson Addresses the Need for an Open Source, Java Technology-Based Development Platform That Supports the Portability of Applications and Services Across Numerous Devices and Networks.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. JAVAONE CONFERENCE.-Sun Microsystems, Inc., (NASDAQ: SUNW) today announced a multi-faceted collaboration agreement with Ericsson to jointly develop an open source, Java technology-based communications application server as part of the GlassFish community. This open source contribution means Java software developers, Independent Software Vendors (ISV), System Integrators and individuals will have access to telecommunications technologies and resources to help accelerate the development of multimedia, VOIP, IM and next generation applications.

As part of this announcement, Ericsson will contribute its standards-based Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Servlet 1.0 compatible application server, to the GlassFish community under the OSI-approved Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL) and dual licensed under under the GNU General Public License version two (GPLv2). Ericsson will also take module ownership for the JSR 289 compatible SIP servlet container under Project SailFin a subproject of the GlassFish open source project. The source code for this initial contribution will be available for download as part of Project SailFin at: Sun and Ericsson also announced a supporting program to provide developers and ISVs with additional resources, technical information, access to network-enabled testing and demo environments, as well as tools and expertise from both companies.

“The collaborative efforts of Sun and Ericsson represent a significant step in the convergence of enterprise IT and telecommunications development and the promise of Next Generation Networks (NGNs) based on IP Multimedia Subsystems (IMS),” said Karen Tegan Padir, vice president, Enterprise Java Platforms at Sun. “Using the communications application server, developers and ISVs will be able to build voice-over-IP (VOIP), instant messaging and multimedia into their Java Platform Enterprise Edition applications that can then be delivered to any connected consumer device including mobile phones, PCs and set-top boxes.”

Claes Odman, head of Multimedia Solutions at Ericsson’s Multimedia Business Unit, says: “Through this collaboration, Ericsson takes a very active role to enable all involved industry players and consumers to reap the benefits from IMS, such as scalability, quality of service and a strong user experience, building on open source. By giving developer communities the tools necessary to build applications that seamlessly fit in an IMS environment we stimulate the creation of a wider variety of new applications that support the emerging communication culture with every day life experiences anywhere, anytime and on any device.”

Sun Java System Communications Application Server

Upon finalization of the JSR 289 specification by the Java Community Process (JCP) later this year, Sun intends to bring a Sun supported product to market. The Sun Java System Communications Application Server will be based on the collaborative development between Sun and Ericsson as part of the GlassFish community and the SailFin open source project. Ericsson will license the forthcoming Sun product, along with the standard Sun Java System Application Server, to embed in solutions built by Ericsson. Ericsson also plans to standardize development of applications and services on the Sun Java System Communications Application Server

Following the first release of Sun Java System Communications Application Server, Sun and Ericsson will continue to collaborate around enhancing the platform and SIP Servlet implementation. As part of this collaboration, Sun will also create a module for the NetBeans Integrated Development Environment to support the Sun Java System Communications Application Server

Sun and Ericsson to Create Developer Community Initiatives

In order to support the convergence between the IT and telecommunications industries, Sun and Ericsson will join forces to offer third party developers access to converged services delivery platforms through their respective developer programs, such as the Sun Developer Network (SDN) program, Sun Partner Advantage and Ericsson Mobility World Developer Program.By building on existing programs and relationships with developers on each side, the two companies aim to attract, educate and offer the tools, infrastructure and network testing environments for developers and ISVs. Because Ericsson and Sun are also committed to providing these supporting technical programs and testing capabilities, developers will be able to more easily prepare and verify applications for use in the new environment.

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