Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) today announced a collaboration agreement with Sun (NASDAQ:SUNW) to develop an open source Java technology-based multimedia application server as well as a supporting program for the developer community.
With this collaboration, Ericsson will contribute parts of its server development to the open source project GlassFish. The supporting program includes a variety of tools and expertise to support developer communities, as well as a possibility for developers to test their applications on a live IMS-based network.
Claes Odman, head of Multimedia Solutions at Business Unit Multimedia, says: "Through this collaboration, Ericsson takes a very active role to enable all involved industry players and consumers to reap the benefits from IMS, such as scalability, quality of service and a strong user experience, building on open source. By giving developer communities the tools necessary to build applications that seamlessly fit in an IMS environment we stimulate the creation of a wider variety of new applications that support the emerging communication culture with every day life experiences anywhere, anytime and on any device."
In order to support the convergence between IT and telecommunications industries, Sun and Ericsson will also join forces to offer third party developers access to converged services delivery platforms through their respective developer programs, such as the Sun Developer Network (SDN), Sun Partner Advantage Program and Ericsson Mobility World Developer Program.
Ericsson will take module ownership for the JSR 289 Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) container in the open source project called GlassFish. Ericsson will also contribute its standards-based SIP Servlet 1.0 application server, to the GlassFish community under the OSI-approved Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL). Ericsson will license the forthcoming Sun product, along with the Sun Java Systems Application Server, to embed in solutions built by Ericsson. Ericsson also plans to standardize development of applications and services on the Sun Java System Communications Application Server.
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