Sun Microsystems, Inc., the creator and leading advocate of Java technology, announced Project Kitty Hawk, a new initiative encompassing expanded service-oriented architecture (SOA)-enabling capabilities in Sun products including the Sun Java Enterprise System and Sun Java Studio Enterprise developer tools, as well as a new SOA readiness assessment offering from Sun Services.

Project Kitty Hawk is designed to enable a new breed of enterprise software built around Java technology-based Web services, incorporating an SOA programming model and an open, extensible architecture. Elements of Project Kitty Hawk are currently scheduled to be phased into the Java Enterprise System and Java Studio Enterprise developer environment over the next two years, with initial deliveries targeted for the first half of 2005.

Leveraging Project Kitty Hawk, Java Enterprise System is envisioned to greatly simplify the administration, management, security and provisioning of services by making it possible to expose core SOA capabilities as a collection of reusable services. Additional capabilities planned for Project Kitty Hawk include Java Studio tools that enable service oriented development of applications (SODA) for deployment to the secure technologies in Project Kitty Hawk planned for the Java Enterprise System.

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