Disney Chooses Jabber

Commercial instant messaging and presence management software provider
Jabber.com Inc. scored a coup Monday as it secured a partnership with the
Walt Disney Internet Group.

The Walt Disney Internet Group is one of The Walt Disney Company’s five
business units, and is charged with operating the company’s portfolio of Web
sites, including Disney.com, ESPN.com, ABC.com and ABCNEWS.com. The Group
licensed the Jabber Commercial Server for its instant messaging, real-time
content delivery, alert and multi-user gaming capabilities.

Disney also designed its own Jabber client for Windows, called the Go Messenger.

The Group said it would deploy the services on one or more of its sites in
the near future.

“As a platform to instantly distribute relevant and personalized
notifications, media and content directly to visitors to our Web site,
Jabber will provide an excellent user enhancement,” said Doug Parrish, chief
technology officer of the Walt Disney Internet Group.

The deal is the culmination of a long relationship between Jabber and the
media giant.

“This has been a long time in coming,” said Andre Durand, founder of
Jabber.com Inc. “In fact, we’ve been working with Disney for over a year
now…Disney was instrumental in helping us achieve scalability, and allowed
us to work in their facilities to run tests that validated our commercial
server up to 200,000 concurrent users.”

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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