Software vendors serve up combination platforms

Aether Systems Inc. and Sun Microsystems Inc. said they will jointly sell their product platforms to offer federal agencies mobile software based on open standards.

They're targeting mobile government users and homeland security agencies by combining the Sun Open Net Environment, which is Sun's software architecture for Web-based applications, and Aether Fusion, Aether's development platform for secure wireless messaging, synchronization and Web applications.

Based on Java 2 Enterprise Edition platform, Aether Fusion runs atop a Sun ONE Application Server. Sun's alliance with Aether lets the Santa Clara, Calif., company exploit 'untapped markets' in the federal government, said Shahram Moradpour, a senior director at Sun.

Last month, Aether, based in Owings Mills, Md., entered into a similar arrangement with Plano, Texas-based EDS. In that alliance, EDS said it would adopt the Aether Fusion platform in its family of wireless products to federal customers, including homeland security agencies. In return, EDS will provide wireless connectivity services and desktop support to Aether Systems.

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