Meeting J2EE certification means that iPlanet Application Server 6.0 has passed the more than 2,300 required tests to prove its scalability and availability features. Such certification is designed to serve as proof of the product's capability to leverage Java technology for large-scale e-business applications. The server's compliance with these standards allows for greater integration capabilities via J2EE standards.
Customer benefits derived from such integration include:
- Faster time to market for component reuse across multiple applications
- Improved ROI due to decreased development, training and maintenance costs
- Easier integration with third-party information systems through standardized, open interfaces
- Overall ISV adoption that enables greater application support for corporate developers
In addition to its enhanced scalability, availability and reliability features, iPlanet Application Server 6.0 includes XML technology capabilities. XML technologies are such a key part of the integration framework that they have been used internally to develop the product, said Sanjay Sarathy, a spokesman for the company. iPlanet Application Server 6.0 also offers an expanded selection of development tool options, such as Forte for Java Enterprise Edition.
With the announcement, iPlanet reiterated its commitment to helping companies migrate their existing e-business applications to the new J2EE application model. iPlanet will offer a J2EE migration program, with a set of migration tools that use XML to translate applications that are not based on Java technology to support the J2EE platform. The program will also include documentation, training, support and dedicated professional services. It will initially be targeted at Netscape and NetDynamics application server customers, for which support will no longer be offered after 2002.
The new J2EE migration tools will be available to all iPlanet application server customers as a free download, with the complete program set to roll out within 30 days. Current customers and partners include @home, Andersen Consulting, Ford, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Telecom Malaysia, and Xerox.
The iPlanet Application Server 6.0 and iPlanet Application Server Builder (a wizard-based add-on that enables components and plugs into most IDEs) are both available immediately and are priced at $35,000 per CPU and $1,295 per seat respectively. Enterprise Connectors for Tuxedo, ERP (SAP and PSFT), and CICS will be available by the end of May for $15,000, $20,000, and $30,000 respectively per CPU. Also scheduled for availability by the end of May will be a Process Manager to go on top of the Application Server and designed to integrate business processes. Process Manager will be priced at $125,000 per CPU and includes both Application Server and Application Builder.