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Sun, IBM, and Wyse Technology Join Other Market Leaders in
Tarantella Technology Alliance Group

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. and LAS VEGAS – May 8, 2001 – Tarantella, Inc., (Nasdaq: SCOC transitioning to TTLA), a leading provider of application and data centralisation solutions for controlling complex IT environments, has announced the formation of the Tarantella Technology Alliance Group (TAG). Initial alliance members include such industry leaders as Sun Microsystems, Inc., IBM and Wyse Technology.

Aimed at unifying complimentary hardware and software solutions, TAG unites product vendors in both marketing and technology partnerships. TAG will promote product compatibility through an in-depth certification program and provide for joint promotion opportunities.

"Tarantella’s goal is to enable complex organisations to regain control of their IT environment. Many companies support this goal, providing products that simplify systems, add needed features and reduce costs," said Dennis Adams, vice president of world-wide marketing for Tarantella. "With this alliance, we’re ensuring interoperability of products and a better experience for customers of all companies involved."

Many of the TAG member companies will demonstrate products in the Tarantella booth at Networld+Interop in Las Vegas, including IBM, Sun, Wyse, Compaq, New Internet Computer Company (NIC), Amir Technologies, and Igel. Other founding TAG members include eSeSIX, IDS, Neoware and VXL.

"Tarantella software has fully supported the IBM NetVista range of thin clients since their inception—in fact, we were the first Tarantella Enterprise 3 certified thin client—and we're pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of the TAG initiative," said Howie Hunger, Director of Marketing, Net Devices Computing, IBM. "The combination of Enterprise 3 with the NetVista N2200 or N2800 thin clients provides a compelling solution to control spiralling IT costs."

"Tarantella complements the interoperability of the Sun Ray[TM] appliance architecture, as it allows fast, managed access to all Windows and UNIX platform-based applications, while centralising control on reliable Solaris[TM] servers," said Robert Gianni, director of engineering, Sun Ray appliances, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "The TAG program allows us to continue working closely with Tarantella and provide our customers with additional, flexible, low-cost solutions for their network-based computing model."

"Wyse and Tarantella enjoy a longstanding technology partnership—we were the first to include embedded Tarantella software capabilities in our general purpose and thin client terminals, and many of the latest Tarantella client developments are a result of that early work," said John Truitt, director of product management for Wyse. "Our Winterm 8000 series and Netier Linux-based devices work fantastically with Tarantella Enterprise 3, delivering numerous benefits to enterprises."

As part of the program, partner’s products are "tagged" with the Tarantella TAG Certified logo to highlight their compatibility with Tarantella solutions.

Tarantella software products can be seen with the TAG partners at NetWorld+Interop in Las Vegas in booth 5715. A full list of TAG partners, along with details of how to join, is shown on the Tarantella Web site www.tarantella.com
Customer comments on Tarantella Enterprise 3


IGEL
Ralf Gehrmann, Product Manager
"Our thin-client initiative will really benefit from our alliance with Tarantella," said Ralf Gehrmann, Product Manager, IGEL. "The Tarantella embedded native client solves two long standing issues in the thin client arena—the performance of browsers on UNIX and our ability to lower costs. We expect our membership of the TAG initiative to be mutually beneficial."


Neoware
Paul Acton, VP of Business Development
"Neoware's industry leading embedded Linux solution forms the foundation of our award winning thin client devices. The new Tarantella embedded client for Linux allows us to integrate even more closely with Tarantella products while maintaining the highest levels of performance. We have been working with Tarantella for some time now and are pleased to see the formation of TAG," said Paul Acton, VP of Business Development, Neoware.


New Internet Computer Company (NIC)
Chris Troussiex, Director of Sales
"NIC produces the most cost effective thin client solution available today. NIC is based on the power, reliability and flexibility of Linux which, combined with the new Tarantella embedded client and a $199 price tag, gives companies both control and cost saving," said Chris Troussieux, Director of Sales, NIC. "We see the TAG program as a great extension of our current work with Tarantella. This is a tremendous opportunity and we’re pleased to be a founding member of the alliance."


Amir Technology Labs, Inc. (ATL)
Michel C. Zala, Vice President of Sales/Marketing
"ATL is dedicated to designing and marketing thin clients, network computers, Internet appliances and specialised graphics products for Unix and Windows NT integration solutions for the Retail/POS, enterprise, hospitality and healthcare industries," said Michel Zala, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Amir Technology Labs, Inc. "Tarantella, a major force in enterprise computing, hosted solutions and eCommerce, provides state-of-the-art software that delivers applications through a Web browser and enables companies to deploy applications over heterogeneous platforms in a very efficient manner. Tarantella is therefore a natural partner for ATL's offering and we therefore embrace the TAG opportunity full-heartedly."


About Tarantella, Inc.
Tarantella, Inc. provides a web-based solution that allows customers to regain control of their IT environment. Tarantella Enterprise 3 software, utilising the world-wide web, is the first non-intrusive application and data centralisation solution that simplifies administration and securely speeds access to Windows, mainframe, AS/400, web-based, Linux, Java and UNIX applications. For more information, go to www.tarantella.com

Tarantella, Tarantella Enterprise 3, and the Tarantella logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Tarantella, Inc. in the USA and other countries. UNIX is a trademark of The Open Group in the United States and other countries. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other countries. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds in the US and other countries. AS/400 is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the USA and other countries. All other brand and product names are or may be trademarks of, and are used to identify products or services of their respective owners.


For more press information please contact:

Andy Crisp or Jo Swift
icas public relations
01442 261199
jo.swift@icas.co.uk

Bette Kun
Tarantella Inc
00 1 (831) 427 7397
bettek@tarantella.com


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