Openwave and i-drive Collaborate

i-drive, a provider of storage infrastructure software and applications, announced it is working with Openwave Systems Inc., the worldwide leader of open IP-based communications infrastructure software and applications, to deliver an integrated communications and storage solution to Communication Service Providers (CSPs).

According to the companies, the collaboration will enable CSPs to provide their business and consumer users the ability to store, access and share any type of content by accessing their i-drive powered storage solution through their Internet-enabled mobile phone or PC. The companies also said the combined solution ensures a cohesive user experience between i-drive’s solutions and Openwave’s messaging applications.

“The ability to store, access and share files and rich media is the next natural extension to messaging,” said Don Oas, vice president of Product Management for Openwave. “Our collaborative effort, made possible by both companies’ commitment to open standards, gives service providers an extensible solution that enables new revenue streams and reduces cost of ownership through simplified deployment and operation.”

“With its Services OS, Openwave has delivered a premier platform for the delivery of communications applications to service providers,” said Arif Janjua, CEO of i-drive. “As media grows richer and drives the need for scalable, cost-effective storage solutions, it is critical that service providers can deliver messaging and storage applications on top of a single, cohesive infrastructure. The agreement between i-drive and Openwave provides the structure for the parties to address this need within the telecommunications market.”

Collaborative product offerings from i-drive and Openwave are expected to be commercially available in the third quarter of 2001.

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