Marines to use Jabber comm platform

The Marine Corps has procured more than 283,000 licenses for the Jabber Extensible Communications Platform for use by active-duty and reserve Marines, civilian employees and contractors.

The Marines will use the software for communication and collaboration services, including instant messaging, persistent group chat, presence capabilities, gateways for federation with Session Initiation Protocol/Session Initiation Protocol for Instant Messaging and Presence Leveraging Extensions and Internet Relay Chat messaging services, Jabber said.

The enterprise licensing agreement contract also includes software development kits the Marines will use for custom development and covers professional services such as consultation on virtualization integration, custom training and engineering support.

The Marines will integrate Jabber XCP with new and existing information technology systems during the next three years to give users access to Jabber XCP on tactical systems while on deployment or in garrison. The Marines also intend to use Jabber Messenger for the Web as a thin Web client in situations in which it's impossible or inadvisable to install client-based applications on users' desktops, Jabber said.

The value of the licensing deal is $3.4 million.

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