/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc., (Nasdaq: SUNW), the creator and leading advocate of Java(TM) and Jini(TM) technologies, today announced the general availability of the Jini(TM) Technology Starter Kit v2.1. The starter kit is released under the Apache License version 2.0, built on standards developed in collaboration with the Jini Community and available on the Net at http://starterkit.jini.org . The Jini Technology Starter Kit enables developers to leverage advanced Java dynamic networking technology, making it easier for developers to build competitive applications in technology growth markets such as edge networking, grid computing, e-business, and enterprise integration. "Using Jini technology has been a natural extension of our use of Java technology, especially remote method invocation (RMI)," said Jeff Betten, manager, Client Technology, Chicago Stock Exchange. "We welcome the enhancements introduced in the new starter kit as key stepping stones that will help us get even more from our investment in Java technology." "We are pleased to offer the newest version of the Jini Technology Starter Kit to developers at a time when dynamic distributed computing has become increasingly critical for business success," said Mark Hodapp, director, Jini Technology Program, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "As with Sun's other open source initiatives such as the OpenSolaris(TM) project, the starter kit supports developers by providing free access to Sun's latest Jini technology contributions." Jini technology enables Java dynamic networking for the creation of distributed systems that are highly adaptive to change. Some of the key capabilities that Jini technology enables are: -- self-healing and self-management -- simplified horizontal scaling -- improved systems availability -- enhanced systems flexibility -- lean, effective and low cost development and deployment More Value To Share The Jini Technology Starter Kit comes with feature enhancements, complies with Jini Community standards, and offers the benefits of an open source license. Feature Enhancements The new starter kit release continues to build on the strength of previous releases and adds: -- new JavaSpaces extensions that support many-to-many communications and batch operations, -- enhancements to simplify common Jini technology system deployment practices, such as configuration file additions, and support for multiple IP addresses, URL-based deployments and additional configuration file capabilities. These and other enhancements introduced in the starter kit are described in more detail at http://starterkit.jini.org . Standards Compliance The starter kit implements the newly approved Jini Community standards which were developed with input and expertise from the Jini technology developer community. Licensed Under Open Source Available under the Apache License, version 2.0, the starter kit is now accessible to broader categories of developers. The license makes Jini technology easier to adopt, and also encourages use and additional technology contributions from the community. Frank Greco, Chairman of the NYJavaSIG adds, "Java developer communities like the New York Java Special Interest Group thrive on sharing and collaboration. Open source licensing fosters this cooperative environment. Sun's Jini Technology Starter Kit offered under the Apache License helps remove barriers to access and further fuels developers' interest in research and commercial efforts with Jini technology." Currently Jini technology-based solutions are deployed in significant technology growth markets such as edge networking, grid computing, e-business and enterprise integration. Companies like BOOMI, CDO2, Chicago Stock Exchange, GigaSpaces, Inca X, NEDAP, Orbitz, Paremus, Rubean, Sun, Valaran, Valen Technologies and VCampus leverage Jini technology to gain and maintain a competitive edge in their respective markets. The announcement was made today at the Ninth Jini Community Meeting in Chicago, a two-day event that brings together developers sharing an interest in Jini technology and its power to build dynamic, adaptive systems. Find more about what's happening at the Ninth Jini Community Meeting by visiting http://www.jini.org/meetings/ninth . About Sun Microsystems, Inc. A singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer"(TM) -- guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world's most important markets. Sun's philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com . About The Jini Community The Jini Community comprises a wide range of members, including individuals, companies, organizations, and schools, who share and collaborate through Jini technology-focused development projects, discussion lists, and events. To learn more about the Jini Community and become involved visit http://www.jini.org . NOTE: Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Java, Java Community, Jini, Jini Community, OpenSolaris, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
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