iPlanet Partners With ZEFER and Genuity to Relaunch the New iPlanet.com Supporting the Sun ONE Architecture

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from iPlanet E-Commerce Solutions

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- iPlanet(TM) E-Commerce
 Solutions, a Sun-Netscape Alliance; ZEFER, a strategy-led Internet consulting
 and services firm; and Genuity (Nasdaq: GENU), the leading provider of
 eBusiness Network Platforms, today announced the launch of a new Internet
 presence for the iPlanet.com website (www.iplanet.com).  The enhanced Web site
 demonstrates the delivery of the recently announced Sun(TM) Open Net
 Environment (Sun ONE) architecture and provides customers and partners with a
 single, integrated e-commerce solution.
     The architecture and use of iPlanet products increases the system
 availability today and is delivering 99.995%, performance that is
 significantly better than the Keynote Business Top 40 average.  Built and
 designed for always-on and massive scalability the site is a true reference
 implementation of Sun and iPlanet technology.  All content is stored in XML
 format to allow for dynamic delivery and support of any device.
     The iPlanet.com offering integrates iPlanet Application Server, iPlanet
 Web Server and iPlanet user management capabilities with telco-grade Sun
 storage and server hardware, providing incredible redundancy and availability
 out of the box.  The new iPlanet.com Internet presence will offer a new world
 of ZEFER-designed functionality that will provide an easier-to-use interface
 and better navigation tools for customers.  In addition, Genuity will provide
 the fully-managed hosting for this site.  Genuity's mission critical
 24 x 7 support will ensure that customers will always be able to conduct
 business and access the information they need when they need it.
     "Building a new Internet presence is not a one time event," said
 Franz Aman, iPlanet director of interactive marketing.  "You have to build for
 the long term, creating a foundation that not only meets your company's
 strategic business goals, but that can keep pace with changing business
 dynamics.  Our Internet presence is at the very heart of our business.  It
 allows us to deliver a wide range of services, and is really the way we
 communicate with customers, partners and each other."
     With thousands of customers, hundreds of partners and more than
 2,500 employees worldwide relying on the iPlanet site daily, improving the
 quality was critical.  The new site will improve customers access to
 information, content and services.  For instance, customers will be able to
 vote and comment in real time, will receive regular updates and will have more
 secure access to information that is more relevant and personalized to their
 specific needs.
     "As an iPlanet e-integration partner, and a member of the Sun iForce(SM)
 community, ZEFER is happy to be working closely with iPlanet on this and other
 innovative solutions that deliver business value and competitive advantage,"
 said Doug Kra, president, North America, ZEFER.  "Leveraging ZEFER's
 interdisciplinary, strategic approach, the iPlanet-ZEFER team has transformed
 the iPlanet.com site into a compelling, new Internet presence that meets the
 strategic objectives of improving the user experience, communicating the
 iPlanet brand, building customer and partner relationships, and establishing a
 solid foundation for future growth."
     "As the leading provider of fully managed complex Web hosting platforms,
 we worked with iPlanet and ZEFER to build a totally integrated, best-of-class
 eCommerce solution based on proven standards, such as XML and J2EE," said
 Jeff Aliber, Director of Partner Strategy and Management at Genuity.  "Our
 experience deploying SUN hardware and iPlanet software, enabled us to build a
 custom platform that easily met iPlanet's requirements for performance and
 reliability."
     In conjunction with the new site, iPlanet has created an online resource
 that gives developers free access to the most comprehensive information
 available from iPlanet to help create powerful applications and solutions.
 The iPlanet Developer site provides the timely technical information and
 marketing support developers need to stay competitive.  Whether creating
 software products, building an intranet or extranet, or simply trying to keep
 up with the latest web-based technologies, this link to iPlanet E-Commerce
 Solutions provides access to a growing community of industry developer
 experts.  This, combined with the newly redesigned iPlanet.com Web site
 -- www.iplanet.com -- showcases the products in the iPlanet Internet Services
 Deployment Platform and development tools for deployment.
 
     About iPlanet
     iPlanet(TM) E-Commerce Solutions, a Sun-Netscape Alliance, was established
 in March 1999 by America Online, Inc. (NYSE:   AOL) and
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to power the next wave of the net
 economy through thought leadership, technical innovation, expert services and
 the creation of exceptional customer satisfaction.  The iPlanet Platform is
 the industry's leading software environment designed to enable rapid assembly
 and deployment of scalable Internet services.  Based on best-of-breed, open
 and proven technologies, the platform includes the world's #1 Messaging,
 Directory, Web and Application Servers.  For more information, consult the
 iPlanet(TM) E-Commerce Solutions Web site at www.iplanet.com.
 
     About ZEFER
     ZEFER (www.zefer.com) is a strategy-led Internet consulting and services
 firm.  Integrating business strategy, experience design, technology and
 program management, ZEFER creates, implements and manages large-scale business
 initiatives that sustain business growth, manage risk and reduce costs.
 ZEFER's clients include Citizens Bank, Ferguson Enterprises, iPlanet, Siemens
 and other Global 2000 and new venture organizations.  The company has offices
 located in Boston, Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh and San Francisco.
 
     About Genuity
     Genuity is a leading Internet infrastructure services provider and the
 only company in the industry to offer an eBusiness Network Platform, called
 BLACK ROCKET(TM).  Genuity's BLACK ROCKET combines its Tier 1 network with its
 full portfolio of managed Internet services, including dedicated, remote and
 broadband access, Web hosting and Internet security, to develop a platform for
 creating scalable and repeatable managed eBusiness solutions. With annual
 revenues of more than $1 billion, Genuity is a global company with offices and
 partnerships throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. Additional
 information about Genuity can be found at www.genuity.com.
 
     Sun ONE
     Sun(TM) Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) is one of the industry's most
 comprehensive offerings to deliver Web services today and includes an
 architecture and roadmap based on open standards, such as Java and XML, to
 take advantage of the new generation of smart Web services and beyond.  Smart
 Web services are enhanced Web services with a level of intelligence based on
 context, span multiple networks beyond the Web, and provide a richer
 experience for both enterprises and end-users.  Sun(TM) ONE will simplify the
 way in which both Web and open smart services are created, assembled and
 deployed -- benefiting enterprises with better business-wide productivity,
 developers with faster time-to-service and increased market opportunity, and
 consumers with an enriched user experience.  More information about
 Sun(TM) ONE can be found at www.sun.com/software/sunone.
 
     NOTE:  Sun(TM), Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, iPlanet(TM), Java,
 J2EE(TM), and Sun(TM) ONE are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun
 Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.  Netscape and the
 Netscape N logo are registered trademarks of Netscape Communications
 Corporation in the United States and other countries.  Other Netscape logos,
 product names, and service names are also trademarks of Netscape
 Communications Corporation, which may be registered in other countries.
     Genuity and BLACK ROCKET are trademarks of Genuity Inc.  All other
 trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE iPlanet E-Commerce Solutions
    SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- iPlanet(TM) E-Commerce
 Solutions, a Sun-Netscape Alliance; ZEFER, a strategy-led Internet consulting
 and services firm; and Genuity (Nasdaq: GENU), the leading provider of
 eBusiness Network Platforms, today announced the launch of a new Internet
 presence for the iPlanet.com website (www.iplanet.com).  The enhanced Web site
 demonstrates the delivery of the recently announced Sun(TM) Open Net
 Environment (Sun ONE) architecture and provides customers and partners with a
 single, integrated e-commerce solution.
     The architecture and use of iPlanet products increases the system
 availability today and is delivering 99.995%, performance that is
 significantly better than the Keynote Business Top 40 average.  Built and
 designed for always-on and massive scalability the site is a true reference
 implementation of Sun and iPlanet technology.  All content is stored in XML
 format to allow for dynamic delivery and support of any device.
     The iPlanet.com offering integrates iPlanet Application Server, iPlanet
 Web Server and iPlanet user management capabilities with telco-grade Sun
 storage and server hardware, providing incredible redundancy and availability
 out of the box.  The new iPlanet.com Internet presence will offer a new world
 of ZEFER-designed functionality that will provide an easier-to-use interface
 and better navigation tools for customers.  In addition, Genuity will provide
 the fully-managed hosting for this site.  Genuity's mission critical
 24 x 7 support will ensure that customers will always be able to conduct
 business and access the information they need when they need it.
     "Building a new Internet presence is not a one time event," said
 Franz Aman, iPlanet director of interactive marketing.  "You have to build for
 the long term, creating a foundation that not only meets your company's
 strategic business goals, but that can keep pace with changing business
 dynamics.  Our Internet presence is at the very heart of our business.  It
 allows us to deliver a wide range of services, and is really the way we
 communicate with customers, partners and each other."
     With thousands of customers, hundreds of partners and more than
 2,500 employees worldwide relying on the iPlanet site daily, improving the
 quality was critical.  The new site will improve customers access to
 information, content and services.  For instance, customers will be able to
 vote and comment in real time, will receive regular updates and will have more
 secure access to information that is more relevant and personalized to their
 specific needs.
     "As an iPlanet e-integration partner, and a member of the Sun iForce(SM)
 community, ZEFER is happy to be working closely with iPlanet on this and other
 innovative solutions that deliver business value and competitive advantage,"
 said Doug Kra, president, North America, ZEFER.  "Leveraging ZEFER's
 interdisciplinary, strategic approach, the iPlanet-ZEFER team has transformed
 the iPlanet.com site into a compelling, new Internet presence that meets the
 strategic objectives of improving the user experience, communicating the
 iPlanet brand, building customer and partner relationships, and establishing a
 solid foundation for future growth."
     "As the leading provider of fully managed complex Web hosting platforms,
 we worked with iPlanet and ZEFER to build a totally integrated, best-of-class
 eCommerce solution based on proven standards, such as XML and J2EE," said
 Jeff Aliber, Director of Partner Strategy and Management at Genuity.  "Our
 experience deploying SUN hardware and iPlanet software, enabled us to build a
 custom platform that easily met iPlanet's requirements for performance and
 reliability."
     In conjunction with the new site, iPlanet has created an online resource
 that gives developers free access to the most comprehensive information
 available from iPlanet to help create powerful applications and solutions.
 The iPlanet Developer site provides the timely technical information and
 marketing support developers need to stay competitive.  Whether creating
 software products, building an intranet or extranet, or simply trying to keep
 up with the latest web-based technologies, this link to iPlanet E-Commerce
 Solutions provides access to a growing community of industry developer
 experts.  This, combined with the newly redesigned iPlanet.com Web site
 -- www.iplanet.com -- showcases the products in the iPlanet Internet Services
 Deployment Platform and development tools for deployment.
 
     About iPlanet
     iPlanet(TM) E-Commerce Solutions, a Sun-Netscape Alliance, was established
 in March 1999 by America Online, Inc. (NYSE:   AOL) and
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to power the next wave of the net
 economy through thought leadership, technical innovation, expert services and
 the creation of exceptional customer satisfaction.  The iPlanet Platform is
 the industry's leading software environment designed to enable rapid assembly
 and deployment of scalable Internet services.  Based on best-of-breed, open
 and proven technologies, the platform includes the world's #1 Messaging,
 Directory, Web and Application Servers.  For more information, consult the
 iPlanet(TM) E-Commerce Solutions Web site at www.iplanet.com.
 
     About ZEFER
     ZEFER (www.zefer.com) is a strategy-led Internet consulting and services
 firm.  Integrating business strategy, experience design, technology and
 program management, ZEFER creates, implements and manages large-scale business
 initiatives that sustain business growth, manage risk and reduce costs.
 ZEFER's clients include Citizens Bank, Ferguson Enterprises, iPlanet, Siemens
 and other Global 2000 and new venture organizations.  The company has offices
 located in Boston, Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh and San Francisco.
 
     About Genuity
     Genuity is a leading Internet infrastructure services provider and the
 only company in the industry to offer an eBusiness Network Platform, called
 BLACK ROCKET(TM).  Genuity's BLACK ROCKET combines its Tier 1 network with its
 full portfolio of managed Internet services, including dedicated, remote and
 broadband access, Web hosting and Internet security, to develop a platform for
 creating scalable and repeatable managed eBusiness solutions. With annual
 revenues of more than $1 billion, Genuity is a global company with offices and
 partnerships throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. Additional
 information about Genuity can be found at www.genuity.com.
 
     Sun ONE
     Sun(TM) Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) is one of the industry's most
 comprehensive offerings to deliver Web services today and includes an
 architecture and roadmap based on open standards, such as Java and XML, to
 take advantage of the new generation of smart Web services and beyond.  Smart
 Web services are enhanced Web services with a level of intelligence based on
 context, span multiple networks beyond the Web, and provide a richer
 experience for both enterprises and end-users.  Sun(TM) ONE will simplify the
 way in which both Web and open smart services are created, assembled and
 deployed -- benefiting enterprises with better business-wide productivity,
 developers with faster time-to-service and increased market opportunity, and
 consumers with an enriched user experience.  More information about
 Sun(TM) ONE can be found at www.sun.com/software/sunone.
 
     NOTE:  Sun(TM), Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, iPlanet(TM), Java,
 J2EE(TM), and Sun(TM) ONE are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun
 Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.  Netscape and the
 Netscape N logo are registered trademarks of Netscape Communications
 Corporation in the United States and other countries.  Other Netscape logos,
 product names, and service names are also trademarks of Netscape
 Communications Corporation, which may be registered in other countries.
     Genuity and BLACK ROCKET are trademarks of Genuity Inc.  All other
 trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  iPlanet E-Commerce Solutions