YES!!!!! Fight the Power! Apple and Sun Combine Forces

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> [Press Release]
>[Sun logo]
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> Apple and Sun Join Forces To Create
> High-Performance Enterprise Intranets and New
> Java-Based Component Development and Multimedia
> Technologies
> [Image] Improved Network Speed,
> Interoperability and Enterprise Management
> [Image] Compound Document Development Made
> Easier
> [Image] Sun Enhancing JavaMedia to Fully
> Support QuickTime
> [Image] mediaLib Brings Extra Power to
> UltraSPARC and PowerPC
> [Image] Building Future Network Connectivity
> Solutions
> [Image] Q&A Apple, Sun Join Forces
> 1996 - Apple Computer, Inc. and Sun
> Microsystems, Inc. today announced plans to
> build a seamless bridge between Apple Macintosh
> desktop computers and Sun Solaris enterprise
> servers, providing Internet and corporate
> intranet users a powerful combination of
> high-performance networking and media-rich
> desktop ease of use. In addition, the two
> companies will cooperate to enable
> interoperability between Sun's Java Beans and
> Apple's OpenDoc technologies and integration
> between Sun's JavaMedia and Apple's QuickTime.
> The companies will also work to establish
> mediaLib as a high-performance interface to
> multimedia-capable microprocessors.
> The Apple-Sun alliance sets the stage for a
> number of long-range development efforts to
> link the best of Apple's expertise in Macintosh
> ease of use and media-rich technologies -- the
> QuickTime multimedia standard, OpenDoc
> developer framework and Open Transport
> networking technology -- to Sun's
> industry-leading Java technologies and
> high-performance, enterprise-class
> Internet/intranet servers based on the scalable
> Solaris operating environment.
> Demonstrations at the Sun and Apple
> Networld+Interop booths (Sun #5130 and #5814,
> Apple #617H) reflect work in progress resulting
> from the companies' joint efforts. For example,
> enhancements to Sun's Solaris operating
> environment and Solstice network management
> tools allow Macintosh desktops to function
> through peer-to-peer connectivity with servers
> in Solaris-based enterprises, enabling Apple
> users to take advantage of secure and robust
> networking. In turn, Solaris servers at the
> booth demonstration are able to deliver Apple's
> cutting-edge multimedia technology to a variety
> of clients across diverse networks. Other booth
> demonstrations include the integration of
> Internet and AppleTalk intranet technologies
> with Apple's OpenDoc-based Cyberdog network
> client suite, as well as Java Management
> Application Programming Interface (JMAPI)
> desktop control functions running on a
> Macintosh for the first time.
> "The intranet is driving a new enterprise
> computing environment, one that combines the
> media-rich qualities of the Web with the
> established infrastructure of
> industrial-strength corporate networks," said
> Dr. Gilbert F. Amelio, Apple's chairman and
> chief executive officer. "Apple and Sun are
> addressing this important area together to
> forge new solutions integrating our
> industry-leading multimedia capabilities with
> the power of Java, Java Beans and the Solaris
> operating environment."
> "The world has moved to the networked age.
> Increasingly, companies have been challenged
> with managing the complexity of enterprise
> networks that range from just a few systems, to
> tens of thousands," said Scott McNealy, Sun's
> president, chairman and CEO. "Today's
> announcement with Apple is about simplifying
> that complexity and providing powerful
> solutions to our customers. It's about further
> integrating Macintosh into a single, manageable
> network by using innovative network-centric
> technologies such as Java and the Solaris
> operating environment. It's also about
> providing best of breed technology combinations
> like Java Beans and OpenDoc for object-oriented
> development and QuickTime and JavaMedia for the
> best in multimedia."
> Initial Apple-Sun collaboration activities will
> occur in four primary areas:
> [Image] Improved Network Speed,
> Interoperability and Enterprise Management with
> Macintosh Ease of Use, Affordability
> Sun and Apple plan to enhance their operating
> environments, network management tools and
> security software to advance high-performance
> interoperability between Apple desktop
> computers and Sun servers. Successful
> collaboration would result in Apple and Sun
> systems that will be managed for the first time
> with the same tools from the same enterprise
> management console. Seamless peer-to-peer
> connection to Macintosh clients is expected to
> make it easier for corporate information
> systems managers to consider the Macintosh in
> purchase decisions, allowing companies to take
> advantage of Macintosh ease of use, media-rich
> environment and significant savings in
> maintenance costs when compared with
> conventional PCs.
> [Image] Compound Document Development Made
> Easier
> Apple and Sun will work to deliver component
> interoperability between Sun's Java Beans and
> Apple's OpenDoc component architectures to
> provide a full suite of component development
> services in an open, multi-platform
> environment. The collaboration will leverage
> the best of Java Beans as a compact,
> platform-independent API and OpenDoc for more
> complex component-based desktop and
> Internet/intranet applications.
> Interoperability of Java Beans and OpenDoc
> makes it possible to embed Java Beans inside
> OpenDoc containers. For example, a user might
> include some Java Bean components, such as
> buttons and a database viewer, inside an
> OpenDoc container. By connecting the buttons
> and the database viewer, users would be able to
> push a button to fetch a new database view as
> part of their container document.
> "Today's announcement is good news from IBM's
> perspective," said Steve Mills, general
> manager, IBM Software Solutions. "Apple's plans
> to join forces with Sun on interoperability
> between Java Beans and OpenDoc complement
> efforts that are underway at IBM. Clearly, our
> customers will benefit from the availability of
> open, industry standards that span the desktop
> through the networked environment."
> In addition, Sun and Apple expect to
> collaborate with each other, as well as third
> parties, to bring to market software
> development tools that will take advantage of
> the new technologies resulting from the joint
> effort, such as Sun's Java WorkShop.
> [Image] Sun Enhancing JavaMedia to Fully
> Support QuickTime
> As part of the joint collaboration with Apple,
> Sun will work to enhance JavaMedia APIs and
> libraries to fully support QuickTime
> functionality, adding a new dimension to Java
> Media. This means, for example, that a Java
> developer will be able to incorporate QuickTime
> video into a sales training or education
> applet, or add QuickTime sound to a media
> interview or entertainment broadcast. In
> addition to QuickTime's mature media-rich
> capabilities, Java developers will get
> immediate access to the broad base of
> established QuickTime tools and extensive
> developer community knowledge.
> [Image] mediaLib Brings Extra Power to
> UltraSPARC and PowerPC
> medialib, formerly known as the Virtual Device
> Interface, is a low-level, high-performance
> interface to today's multimedia-capable
> processors. mediaLib offers the path to
> performance without compromising portability,
> providing functions highly tuned for imaging,
> video, audio, algebra and graphics. Software
> and hardware developers will be able to use
> mediaLib to access the advanced multimedia and
> imaging capabilities of UltraSPARC and PowerPC
> microprocessors. Under the joint effort, Apple
> and Sun will work to get microprocessor
> manufacturers, system developers, library
> developers and leading independent software
> vendors (ISVs) to support the mediaLib API.
> [Image] Building Future Network Connectivity
> Solutions
> As demonstrated at Networld+Interop, Sun's
> enterprise servers and Solstice system
> management software interoperate with Macintosh
> clients in solutions available today. Going
> forward, the two companies will work to achieve
> out-of-the-box interoperability and common
> manageability for their respective product
> lines, advance messaging services, and a new
> systems management architecture. Specifically,
> Apple and Sun intend to provide the Apple File
> Protocol with every Solaris Server, allow
> Macintosh to be fully managed by Solstice
> network management products, and provide robust
> TCP/IP-based, high-performance networking by
> developing a common security architecture and
> enhanced file access to Web applications
> through WebNFS.
> With annual revenues exceeding $7 billion, Sun
> Microsystems, Inc. provides products and
> services that enable customers to build and
> maintain open network computing environments.
> Widely recognized as a proponent of open
> standards, the company is involved in the
> design, manufacture and sale of products,
> technologies and services for commercial and
> technical computing. Sun's SPARC workstations,
> multiprocessing servers, SPARC microprocessors,
> Solaris operating software and ISO-certified
> service organization each rank No. 1 in the
> UNIX industry. Java, Sun's platform-independent
> programming language, provides a comprehensive
> solution to the challenge of programming for
> complex networks, including the Internet. Sun
> Microsystems was founded in 1982, and is
> headquartered in Mountain View, California.
> Apple Computer, Inc., a recognized innovator in
> the information industry and leader in
> multimedia technologies, creates powerful
> solutions based on easy-to-use personal
> computers, servers, peripherals, software,
> personal digital assistants and Internet
> content. Headquartered in Cupertino,
> California, Apple develops, manufactures,
> licenses and markets solutions, products,
> technologies and services for business,
> education, consumer, entertainment, scientific
> and engineering and government customers in
> more than 140 countries.
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