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Sun serves more than Java

Sun Microsystems' hardware and software divisions will next week remind the industry that there's more to the company's Internet strategy than Java.

Sun Microsystems' hardware and software divisions will next week remind the industry that there's more to the company's Internet strategy than Java.

At the Internet and Electronic Commerce Conference and Exposition in New York, Sun Microsystems Computer Company will announce a series of new Netra Internet Servers built around the hardware division's 64-bit UltraSparc processor architecture, first unveiled last fall, according to a company spokesman. The Netra family includes Unix servers that come with a suite of pre-installed Internet software, including file transfer protocol, email, and Web servers.

On the software side of the Sun universe, SunSoft will update its Internet strategy with the Solstice Message Server, an advanced email server that uses an Internet email protocol to improve a user's ability to access their mailbox from remote locations.

SunSoft won't ignore Java next week, however. The division is expected to release Java Workshop, an integrated development environment for building Java applets, and Joe, an object request broker that links Java applets with back-end applications written in NEO, Sun's object-oriented development environment. The company will demonstrate a Web site that uses Java, Joe, and NEO combined.