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Fujitsu Brings NT Application Server to U.S.

Fujitsu Software Corp. is wading into the U.S. application server market with the 4.0 release of an appserver its been selling in Japan for several years.

The J2EE application server is available now for Windows 2000 in the United States. Fujitsu will bring over a Sun Solaris version later this month.

Interstage Application Server 4.0 has passed Sun Microsystems' Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) Compatibility Test Suite for Windows, Linux and Solaris. It functions as a CORBA-compliant Object Request Broker, and ships with a CORBA-to-COM gateway, according to Fujitsu. The package also carries a SOAP server and supports UDDI and WSDL.

Simon Azriel, product manager for Interstage, says Fujitsu brings an advantageous neutrality to the U.S. market.

"One of the things about Fujitsu is we're not partisan. In the U.S., there's a little bit of a split between J2EE and Microsoft," Azriel says.

Fujitsu's J2EE bet is clear, but Azriel adds, "We're looking to support communications through things like [Microsoft] .NET and Biztalk [Server]. In Japan, Fujitsu has a very close relationship with Microsoft."

Azriel says Fujitsu's product is analogous in breadth of capability to application servers like IBM WebSphere, BEA WebLogic and Oracle9i.

The decision to bring the application server to the United States first for Windows 2000 was motivated by the market size.

In Japan, about 80 percent of Interstage Standard Edition installations and just under 20 percent of Interstage Enterprise Edition installations run on Windows NT, Azriel says.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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