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Sun, AOL Find Australian Spot for iPlanet

Sun Microsystems and the remaining parts of Netscape within America Online have launched a new satellite site for their joint venture into e-commerce site hosting, to be dubbed iPlanet.

Launched earlier this year in the US, the alliance will centre around a new "portal site" for planning and implementing cross-platform electronic commerce initiatives, including content from Patricia Seybold Group and articles from marketing journalists, according to the companies.

The iPlanet range of products includes modules for messaging, scheduling, collaboration, directory and certificate servers, procurement, selling and billing. Platform support includes HP, IBM, DEC, Linux, SGI, Microsoft Windows and Sun.

"We're very excited about the possibilities for the Alliance in this region. Not only are consumers coming online in droves, but businesses are embracing network computing on top of Internet standards as the architecture for all their back-end systems," said Rob Stewart, managing director for iPlanet in Australia and New Zealand and former MD of Netscape Australasia back when it was an independent entity.

Sun claimed that 40 percent of the 50 most trafficked sites on the Web used software contained in the iPlanet range.

The local iPlanet venture will be based in Melbourne. Existing customers include the Australian Tax Office, Charles Schwab, MCI WorldCom, France Telecom, Lockheed Martin, Audi and Motorola.