Appium and Sun Co-Market Appium-XWay Telco Application Server

7/2/2004 - Appium AB and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) announced an agreement to co-market Appium-XWay Telco Application Server product to help telecom companies reduce cost and complexity and offer a carrier-grade web services platform that can fully support new revenue-generating services within shorter timeframes. As part of its iForce Solution for Telecommunications Service Delivery, Sun agrees to offer Appium-XWay to key channel partners and customers. This will help telecommunications carriers increase their revenue opportunities with accelerated development of services like click-to-dial, ringback tones, wireless streaming media, and fully unified messaging/mail/IM/fax --plus turnkey mass-market deployment to large urban populations -- with telecom carrier-grade reliability.

"We have been able to open up new functionalities for our customers' networks by relying on technologies from Sun and Appium to create innovative, easily integrated applications. Through these technologies, we've been able to develop an application gateway that allows telcos to launch new telecom web services, and to avoid interoperability issues, while minimizing infrastructure complexities in their networks," says Tricia Dooley, EVP Product Engineering, Marconi Corporation.

As part of the solution, Sun will integrate Appium-XWay on Solaris Operating Systems with its Sun Java System Application Server, a key component of the Sun Java Enterprise System, using Parlay X Web Services. This pre-tested, pre-engineered solution allows Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition ((J2EE) -based applications to interact with in-network Parlay-based services, in effect bringing web services to the worldwide telecom network. Appium implements a Parlay X client interface for the Java System Application Server, which integrates with the Parlay X Web Services housed on the Appium-XWay application server.

"Appium's products are a wonderful addition to our Telecommunications solutions offering," said Donna Rubin, director, Market Development Industries, Sun Microsystems. "Our customers are requesting pre-tested, pre-engineered, carrier-grade solutions for their markets. We believe that Sun's Java System Application Server, pre-integrated with the Appium-XWay product, running on Solaris OS and Netra blade servers will deliver immediate new revenue streams to our telco carrier customers and provide the reliability and ease of use that will help minimize costs."

As close technology allies, Sun and Appium help provide a core component of the iForce Solution for Telecommunications Service Delivery, central to Sun's strategy for telecommunications. The iForce Solution for Telecommunications Service Delivery provides a robust, flexible and standards driven architecture allowing carriers and service providers to securely open their networks, leverage existing infrastructure investments, and facilitate commerce with the third-party development community.

About JavaOne, Sun's 2004 Worldwide Java Developer Conference
The JavaOne conference is the world's leading event for Java technology developers. Established in 1996, the Conference gives attendees access to the greatest minds and innovations in the Java technology community. Developers have the opportunity to learn about and apply the next generation of Java technology for the full spectrum of development, from mobile devices to enterprise applications.

About Appium
Appium is a leading vendor of next generation telecom application platforms based on open Telecom and Internet standards. Appium is one of the first companies in the world to provide OSA/Parlay and Parlay X/Web Services based network-transcending platforms for deploying advanced services on multiple existing and next generation networks including VoIP and 3G. Currently Appium has over 35 customers and eight commercial deployment contracts with leading operators in EMEA and APAC. For more information about Appium, please visit:

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

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