PROVO, Utah – January 24, 2003 – Dynix, the world's leading provider of library technologies, announced today that it has formed an alliance with Sun Microsystems, Inc. Through this relationship, which is designed to ensure that libraries have access to the most cutting-edge solutions available on the market, Dynix will commit to developing new products using an open-computing model powered by the Sun™ Open Net Environment (Sun™ ONE) platform – an open integratable product portfolio enabling the development and delivery of Java™ Web services.
Additionally, as a member of Sun's iForceSM initiative, Dynix will make Sun hardware available to its installed customer base of more than 10,000 libraries and act as a single point of contact for customers wishing to implement Sun solutions. Sun will reciprocate by providing the support necessary to maintain momentum behind Dynix research and development efforts and by participating in joint marketing activities.
“Dynix has always been a technology leader in the library industry, and this partnership is a great opportunity for both companies to collaborate on how to best serve the library community,” said Dynix President and CEO Jack Blount. “As the needs of today's libraries move beyond basic automation into the arenas of security, digital asset management, portal technology and other next-generation solutions, our relationship with Sun will leverage the use of Java™ and J2EE™ technologies to add value to both current and future customer relationships.”
“With well over 2,000 library projects currently in place, Sun has always had a strong presence in the library industry, particularly with the academic market,” said Dinesh Bahal, director of education solutions for Sun Microsystems. “By teaming with Dynix, we're opening the door to bring that same level of optimized service and technology to the thousands of libraries who trust Dynix for their library technology needs.”
In order to simplify library systems development and deployment, Dynix reaffirmed its commitment to developing future products based on Sun's Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE), the foundation technology of the Sun ONE platform. The J2EE platform manages infrastructure to enable development of secure, robust, and interoperable library automation applications.
The first product based on J2EE technology from Dynix was released last fall with the company's iPac 2.02 portal solution. Two recently announced products, Horizon Reciprocal Borrowing and Horizon Interlibrary Loan, are also based on the J2EE platform. The future direction of core Horizon development will be centered on J2EE technology.
More than 300 existing Dynix customers employ products and services provided by Sun, including Seattle Public Library, the U.S. Social Security Administration, Plano Independent School District, California State University – Chico, and Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Services. While the Dynix/Sun relationship dates back more than seven years, this recent development represents a new commitment to jointly serve the library community with preeminent technology solutions.
Celebrating its twentieth year of service to libraries, Dynix is the world's leading provider of library information management technologies. Serving more than 10,000 academic, special, school, public, and consortium libraries in over 40 countries, Dynix products and services are the most widely deployed library technologies in the world. Through a unique blend of software leadership and library expertise, Dynix is focused on providing customers industry-leading products, progressive engineering, and exceptional customer support. For complete corporate information and a guide to Dynix products and services, visit www.dynix.com.