IBM plans to use push technology and its commerce and security products to sell third party developers' Java applications and upgrades over the Internet.
By September, IBM's Solution Developer Program will start beta testing a plan to distribute updates from its ISVs using three key components: Marimba Castanet push delivery framework; IBM's Cryptolopes secure delivery technology; and Lotus' Domino.Merchant server (see panel).
IBM confirmed it will eventually migrate the service from Domino-Merchant to Net.Commerce 2.0, the latest release of its electronic commerce server.
Net.Commerce 2.0 will support Version 1.0 of the much maligned Secure Electronic Transaction (SET) protocol, which will enable developers and end users to pay for the updates with a credit card.
IBM will host the software transactions for ISVs using Castanet's Transmitter server application; customers will receive updates using Castanet's Tuner client.
Next month, IBM will begin its first phase of the plan, distributing white papers over the push channel using a hot button called Apps 4 Java on both its own web site and on Marimba's.
IBM has also announced CB (Component Broker) Connector, new object middleware designed to tie transactions between disparate applications. CB Connector is compliant with Common Object Request Broker Architecture and can work with both Java and ActiveX clients so it won't fall down with Netscape's Navigator.
IBM: updates on the Net
IBM will use the following products to get software updates to developers over the Internet:
Marimba's Castanet push technology framework
IBM's Cryptolopes security technology to guarantee delivery Lotus' Domino.Merchant server to manage transactions.
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