3/15/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), the creator and leading advocate of Java technology, announced that Inmarsat Limited, the Total Communications Network, has selected the Sun Java Enterprise System as the business support infrastructure for its new broadband mobile satellite communications network. The Sun software system will provide high availability and service continuity to Inmarsat's business critical applications while providing a secure central repository for storing and managing identity profile, application and network resource information.
Inmarsat's new Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) service, due to commence during 2005, will provide mobile data communications at up to 432kbit/s for Internet access, mobile multimedia and many other advanced applications. Inmarsat will deliver these services on the Java Enterprise System making it easier to manage its software infrastructure simply, predictably and affordably.
"BGAN will be a revolution in the provision of high-speed data connectivity providing mobile broadband solutions to virtually anywhere in the world via a small, reliable, and easy to use satellite modem," said Michael Butler, Managing Director, Inmarsat Ltd. "BGAN uses the best IT and telecoms technology available and with the Java Enterprise System we will be able to reduce cost and complexity within our software infrastructure."
Leslie Stretch, vice president and UK managing director, Sun Microsystems, stated: "We have made major strides to simplify customers' lives with the Java Enterprise System. The systems approach delivers value to businesses by reducing license charges and operational costs whilst dramatically simplifying how they select, buy and use infrastructure software."
Inmarsat will additionally benefit from the Java Enterprise System's security services that span the entire system. Security services are built in throughout the software system and provide consistent single sign-on to online resources whilst protecting content using the latest security standards and resilient authentication and access control options.
The Java Enterprise System is available now directly through Sun and "Sun iForce partners. Free evaluation for 90 days is available for the Java Enterprise System or any of its component products. Sun also offers a no hassle automatic term renewal each year based on the then current number of employees.
About Java Enterprise System
Serious software made simple, the Java Enterprise System seamlessly integrates award-winning and market-leading enterprise network applications and services at the heart of Web services. This complete standards-based software system is delivered as a single, pre-integrated entity on a predictable release cycle. Radically simplified customer pricing -- $100 per employee per year (U.S. list price) -- delivers the peace of mind CIOs need to focus on what they do best: leverage IT to achieve business goals. The Java Enterprise System enterprise network services provide the core set of functionalities that businesses need to compete effectively in the marketplace: Portal, Communication and Collaboration, Network Identity, Application and Web, Availability and Security services. For more information on the Java Enterprise System please visit: http://www.sun.com/software/javaenterprisesystem
About Inmarsat Limited
Inmarsat Ltd owns and operates a unique global mobile satellite network and delivers its communications solutions through a worldwide network of approximately 400 distributors and service providers to end users in the maritime, land and aeronautical sectors in approximately 170 countries. Inmarsat Ltd has a portfolio of mobile satellite solutions, including voice, fax, intranet and Internet access and other data services. Inmarsat Ltd has 24 years. Experience in designing, implementing and operating satellite networks. At the end of November 2003, approximately 290,000 terminals were registered to access Inmarsat Ltd.'s services. Inmarsat Ltd is also supported by partners in the fields of equipment manufacture, software provision and systems integration. Inmarsat Ltd is a subsidiary of Inmarsat Ventures Ltd. Inmarsat is the exclusive global partner of the FIA World Rally Championship. http://www.inmarsat.com
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com
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