The result of this cooperation will be a family of products that will span the needs of interactive media users in both the consumer and enterprise environments. The initial Sequent offerings, including professional consulting and integration services, will address the high performance, reliability and scalability needs of telephone, cable and other companies that want to deploy multimedia services directly to consumers. These services are targeted to the expanding multimedia market that is based on the convergence of entertainment, communications and computer industry developments.
Premier Solutions for Interactive Multimedia
Products developed as a result of the joint efforts are scheduled to be available in the fourth quarter. The family of hardware platforms will be available from Sequent, including Intel's SPP platform, which Sequent will resell.
Sequent has successfully deployed its robust, highly available Symmetry platforms as interactive video application servers running Oracle Media Server since 1993, in trials with service providers Bell Atlantic Video Services and BT (formerly British Telecom). Sequent is currently involved in other consumer-delivery trials in the United States, Europe and Asia. Through such trials, Sequent has established itself as the leading application server vendor for the Oracle Media Server. The joint effort will add a full range of highly scalable media platforms to Sequent's product offering, in addition to the professional consulting and integration services that Sequent can provide.
`By joining forces with industry leaders Oracle and Intel, Sequent intends to offer the premier interactive multimedia platform solution,` said Casey Powell, chairman and chief executive officer of Sequent. `The family of new products, based on the Oracle Media Server software running on optimized Intel hardware components, will enable Sequent to incorporate technology advances from Intel and others on a regular basis while reducing the total cost of the solution for our customers.`
`The combination of the industry-leading Oracle Media Server and Sequent's reliable hardware platform that includes Intel's scalable parallel processing server makes this multimedia solution a compelling platform for multimedia networks,` said Larry Ellison, Oracle's chief executive officer. `This proves that the combination of a parallel processing architecture and a leading open UNIX operating system is the most viable choice in the industry for deploying scalable multimedia systems.`
`Very high performance servers are essential for storage and manipulation of digital media in a network environment,` said Andy Grove, chief executive officer of Intel. `We are pleased to be working with market leaders like Sequent and Oracle to deliver multimedia solutions.`
Co-development of Enhanced Products
Sequent plans to optimize a version of the DYNIX/ptx operating system to support the Oracle Media Server. This version of DYNIX/ptx will run on a family of systems that include the Intel SPP platform. Sequent will deploy and optimize DYNIX/ptx on the Intel SPP platform to take advantage of this scalable architecture's benefits for interactive multimedia delivery. Oracle will deploy and optimize the Oracle Media Server for DYNIX/ptx to deliver continuous media in interactive multimedia solutions. Intel, Oracle and Sequent will further enhance these products for the multimedia market through co-development.
As a result of the joint efforts planned with Oracle and Intel, Sequent will expand its interactive multimedia offering to include all the necessary content management and delivery components, which will store and transmit the multimedia services that are delivered to the end user. Sequent's Symmetry systems will be used, as in current trials, to monitor the ordering and invoicing for such services. Sequent will also offer professional consulting, integration and support services to design, implement and maintain the delivered solutions. Sequent will offer the system components integrated with other third-party products to customers who choose to integrate their own solutions. The products will also be available to other integrators and turnkey solution providers.
Offerings that result from future co-development will integrate interactive multimedia into the enterprise for a wide range of information management applications. Sequent plans to introduce these enterprise systems later this year.
Intel Corporation's Scalable Systems Division (SSD) is a leading supplier of scalable server technology and building blocks, and scalable high performance computer systems. Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of personal computer, networking and communications products.
Oracle Corp., a $2 billion company with headquarters in Redwood Shores, Calif., is the world's leading supplier of information management software. Oracle develops and markets Oracle Media Server and the Oracle7 family of software products for database management; Developer/2000 and Designer/2000, a complete set of tools for enterprise-wide, client/server application development; and Oracle Cooperative Applications, packaged client/server solutions for accounting, manufacturing, distribution, human resources and project control. Oracle software runs on personal digital assistants, set-top devices, PCs, workstations, minicomputers, mainframes and massively parallel computers. The company offers its products, along with related consulting, education and support services in more than 90 countries around the world.
Sequent Computer Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SQNT), based in Beaverton, Ore., is a leading architect and provider of open client/server systems for business computing. Sequent provides professional consulting, educational and support services, and develops scalable multiprocessing computing systems.
A background paper on the interactive multimedia market, and this news release and other information, are available from Sequent's news-on-demand fax service at 800-356-0834. The World Wide Web address for Sequent OnLine is http://www.sequent.com/.
Note to Editors: Sequent, Symmetry and DYNIX/ptx are registered trademarks of Sequent Computer Systems, Inc. Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation. Oracle is a registered trademark and Oracle7 and Oracle Media Server are trademarks of Oracle Corporation. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company Limited.
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