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Java Computing and Sun Scalable, Reliable and Secure Hardware Make Establishing Business On The Internet A Reality


MENLO PARK, Calif. -- May 19, 1997 -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced today a new series of innovative Internet commerce solutions available for the Sun(tm) platform from Actra. Actra, a member of Sun's Internet Associate Program, has developed CrossCommerce, an integrated family of products comprised of Actra's ECXpert, OrderXpert Seller, OrderXpert Buyer and Netscape Communications Corporation's MerchantXpert and PublishingXpert which are the next releases of Netscape's Merchant and Publishing System. Designed to tie the enterprise together with the merging Internet marketplace, the combination of Sun hardware running the Solaris(tm) operating environment, the Java(tm) platform and Actra's CrossCommerce Internet applications will deliver one of the most secure, reliable and deployable Internet commerce solutions for the network. Today, more than 80 percent of Netscape's Merchant and Publishing Systems run on Sun hardware providing successful platforms for commercial retailers including Travelocity, Sportsline USA and The National Geographic Society Store. The availability of Actra CrossCommerce on Sun systems now allows enterprise users to take advantage of state-of-the-art commerce solutions and create business-to-business network applications that reduce costs, decrease cycle times and improve the quality of core business functions.

"Doing business over a network continues to be the fastest growing application of today's computing resources, particularly those that enable the extension of the supply chain to the Internet," said Mark Tolliver, vice president, Market Development, Sun Microsystems Computer Company. "What Actra and Sun are providing is a tightly integrated set of technologies that take companies to the next level in generating revenue over the Internet."

"Today's enterprise computing environment demands that solutions be scalable and deployable across many different platforms," said Jim Sha, president and CEO of Actra. "We are working closely with Sun because of the scalability and openness of the Sun technology. Sun's continued vision of the `The Network Is The Computer' provides a natural platform for Actra's multi-tier, distributed Internet-centric architecture. Our customers have millions of subscribers and users on the Internet and Sun technology allows for the development and deployment of highly scalable Internet solutions."


Actra CrossCommerce Solution Built On Reliable And Innovative Sun Platforms

Developed in the Sun Solaris operating environment, the Actra CrossCommerce suite will address Internet EDI, full service payment and order processing and content management. Solaris delivers total system reliability and interoperability for Actra CrossCommerce components. Because Solaris is a mature operating environment with a long history of supporting the Internet, it readily communicates with other

platforms throughout today's heterogeneous networks. Consequently, it meets stringent interoperability requirements and complies with all leading industry standards.

In addition to the benefits of Sun's Solaris operating environment, the Java platform enables customers to immediately deploy Actra CrossCommerce in distributed computing environments for business-to-business and business-to-consumer Internet commerce applications. The Java platform allows programs to be written once and run on a variety of platforms. Not only does this feature help save customers time and money, it also saves Actra time to market and development costs to create a secure and standardized Internet commerce solution. For more information on Actra products please visit the company's Web site at


Sun Offers the Tools, Software and Hardware For Electronic Commerce Applications

With products like the Java platform, the Solaris operating environment, Solstice(tm) SunScreen(tm) and the Netra(tm) family of Internet servers, Sun is well equipped to be a leading

vendor of innovative electronic commerce solutions. In addition to the products that Sun produces, the company has devoted resources to develop partnerships with other leading companies, who in concert will continue to address the needs of Sun's current and prospective customers. The fruits of this commitment are seen in the success of projects like the Internet Associate Program and the Java Electronic Commerce Framework.


About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision, "The Network Is The Computer(tm)," has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc., (NASDAQ "SUNW"), to its position as a leading provider of hardware, software and services for establishing enterprise-wide intranets and expanding the power of the Internet. With more than $8 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 150 countries and on the World Wide Web at


Pamela Mahoney

Sun Microsystems

Computer Company

(415) 786-4109

Colin Sanford

Thomas Associates, Inc.

(415) 596-2700

 Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Java, Solaris, Solstice, SunScreen, Netra 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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