Monday, May 7, 2007

Sun and Ericsson to Develop New Communications Application Server

Sun Microsystems and Ericsson will jointly develop an open source, Java technology-based communications application server as part of the GlassFish community and the SailFin open source project.

As part of the effort, 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 the GNU General Public License version two (GPLv2).

Ericsson will take module ownership for the JSR 289 compatible SIP servlet container under Project SailFin a subproject of the GlassFish open source project.

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. 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.

"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 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."

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