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Tarantella Joins IBM's ASP Prime

Tarantella Inc. gained broader access to ISVs through an agreement with IBM announced Tuesday (March 27) to participate in IBM's ASP Prime program for ISVs and software developers.

"The speed at which applications can be migrated to a hosted, web-based subscription environment is key to enabling ISVs to take advantage of the ASP business model," said Jill Kanatzar, manager, ASP Prime, IBM Global Net Generation Business. "The agreement with Tarantella will help ASP Prime connect with ISVs who face the challenge of integrating heterogeneous platforms with additional resources. This initiative will help ISVs get to market quickly with customer-ready solutions."

Tarantella, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Santa Cruz Operation Inc. (Nasdaq: SCOC), provides web-enabling software that connects client devices, server-based applications, and networks. Tarantella products provide access to Windows, mainframe, AS/400, web-based, Linux and UNIX applications.

The joint marketing agreement will roll out in several stages, beginning with an initiative through IBM's ASP Prime Centers. IBM will provide education about Tarantella web-enabling solutions to selected ISVs participating in ASP Prime, who need to integrate heterogeneous platforms, such as legacy mainframe, with Java and Linux client-server applications.

Tarantella Enterprise 3 software works in an independent middle tier and requires no modifications to established applications or their host platforms. This API-free, non-intrusive approach permits near immediate web-enablement and rapid time to market.

ASP Prime is IBM's flagship program that helps ISVs prepare their applications for the web and gives software developers access to technical consulting. ASP Prime also provides a wide array of software, hardware, and tools that help ISVs ready their web applications for hosted environments. The centers also offer business consulting before, during, and after the engagement.



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