Java Validation Centers?!

I Find Karma (
Thu, 7 Nov 96 09:44:08 PST

You be the judge: will "Java Validation Centers" be a cash cow or
moneysucking dog for IBM? My money's on the former...

To: allsun@Sun.COM
Subject: SUNFLASH! (IBM, Sun Expand Relationship To Deliver Java Solutions)

Key Messages:

-- Sun and IBM expanding relationship to deliver Java solutions

-- IBM has licensed JavaOS and HotJava=20

-- IBM will create the industry's first Java Validation Centers
at IBM porting facilities in San Mateo, CA and Waltham, MA


Judy Radlinsky Penny Bruce
IBM JavaSoft
(617) 693-8577 (408) 343-1796

Jacki DeCoster, Michele Lowe Steve Foley
Technology Solutions for IBM Burson-Marsteller for JavaSoft
(212) 696-2000 (212) 614-5036


IBM to License JavaOS(TM) And HotJava(TM)

Somers, N.Y., and Mountain View, Calif., Nov. 6, 1996 . . . IBM* and
Sun Microsystems, Inc.'s JavaSoft business unit today announced an
expanded relationship for delivering Java(TM) technology for business
users and support programs for software developers. These initiatives
will help extend the value of Java to enterprises that are increasingly
adopting it as a core part of their Internet and network computing

Today's announcements add to the momentum that is rapidly building
around Java. Developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc., the Java platform
holds tremendous appeal to developers who see it as an efficient and
cost-effective technology for network-enabling their business

Specifics of this enhanced collaboration are:

o IBM is licensing Sun's JavaOS(TM) and HotJava(TM). The JavaOS is a
light-weight operating environment ideal for network computers and
other "thin client" systems that offer low-cost access to Internet and
network resources. HotJava provides building blocks that can be used
to develop customizable network-aware applications.

o IBM will create the industry's first Java Validation Centers at its
porting centers in San Mateo, Calif., and Waltham, Mass. In these
centers, software developers will be able to test Java applets and
applications on systems from Sun, Hewlett Packard, IBM and others at no

"These initiatives are further evidence of IBM's commitment to invest
in Java technology and support programs to help our customers and
developers make a smooth transition to the benefits of network
computing," said Patricia Sueltz, vice president, Internet software,
IBM Internet Division. "We are very pleased to work with JavaSoft and
other industry partners to expand the range of tools, technologies and
application software that will make Java real for business."

"IBM's commitment to Java technologies has a significant impact on Java
enterprise application development," said Jon Kannegaard, vice
president of software products at JavaSoft. "As the world's largest
software company and a dominant provider of enterprise-wide computing
solutions, IBM is a crucial ally in helping Sun establish Java as the
de facto platform for network computing. We welcome IBM's involvement
and look forward to working with them to deliver products and services
for the rapidly-growing community of serious Java developers."

JavaOS, HotJava Licensing

JavaOs, developed by Sun, is a highly compact operating system designed
to run Java applications directly on microprocessors in anything from
net computers to cell phones. A dynamically extensible operating
environment, JavaOS brings the design advantages of the Java platform
to an operating system. As part of its ongoing network computing
strategy, IBM intends to offer JavaOS as an option for future network

HotJava is a set of building blocks for building network-aware
applications. Using these building blocks, a developer can write a
modifiable, extensible user environment -- a personalized workspace for
accessing Java applets and applications. IBM is evaluating HotJava for
use in future offerings.

Java Validation Centers

IBM is expanding the services available at its U.S. porting facilities,
called Solution Partnership Centers, to include Java validation. IBM
will offer access to IBM and other systems to which the Java Virtual
Machine(TM) has been ported to help independent solution providers test
their applications. The systems can be accessed either on-site at the
two centers or remotely through the Internet with firewall protection
at no charge to developers.

To contact the Solution Partnership Centers, developers in the U.S. can
call 800-678-4249. The direct number for the San Mateo facility is
(415)-312-0240, and for the Waltham facility, (617) 895-2610. Inquiries
can also be sent to the following e-mail ID: For more
information, visit the following Web site

About JavaSoft

JavaSoft, headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., is an operating company
of Sun Microsystems, Inc. The company's mission is to develop, market
and support the Java technology and products based on it. Java
supports networked applications and enables developers to write
applications once that will run on any Java-enabled machine. JavaSoft
develops applications, tools and systems platforms to further enhance
Java as the programming standard for complex networks such as the
Internet and corporate intranets. For more information on JavaSoft's
activities, visit the Web site

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

With annual revenues of more than $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 Microsystems was founded in
1982 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

About IBM

IBM, the world's largest software company, creates, develops and
manufactures advanced information technology products and services,
including computer systems, software, networking systems, storage
devices and microelectronics. IBM has been a leader in the development
of the Internet since this technology began and is dedicated to helping
customers and developers exploit the potential of Java. Drawing on the
resources of nearly a dozen development laboratories worldwide, IBM is
rapidly enabling its key infrastructure products -- including operating
systems and middleware -- as well as development tools and Internet
technologies to support Java. Developers and customers can find out
more about IBM's Java efforts via the Web site

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* Indicates trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.