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UK-based ASP states Tarantella software is twice as fast as nearest competitor


Santa Cruz, Calif. And Leeds, UK (9 August, 2001) * Tarantella, Inc., (Nasdaq: TTLA), and Firstnet Services Limited, a leading provider of internet solutions for the business market, have announced that Tarantella Enterprise 3 enterprise networking infrastructure software has been selected to deliver Firstnet's highly rated Application Service Provider (ASP) service – a fully outsourced, end-to-end trading solution.


Tarantella Enterprise 3 software is designed to help ASPs, such as Firstnet, data centres and infrastructure providers, get to market faster, deliver more applications, and manage systems and subscribers more efficiently.


Firstnet made the decision to switch from Citrix MetaFrame to Tarantella Enterprise 3 software, as, explains Dominic Marrocco, Chief Executive of Firstnet, “It is much better suited to the ASP market.”


He continues; “We considered products from several alternative vendors before deciding on the Tarantella solution. Tarantella software allows applications based on any platform – mainframe, Microsoft Windows, Java, AS/400, Linux, or UNIX systems – to be delivered securely over the Internet, for access on any client device through a standard web browser.”


Marrocco states that, "Tarantella Enterprise 3 software is as much as four times faster than other products we tested, and twice as fast as its closest competitor. But what really clinched it for us was its scalability, non-invasive architecture, and its capacity for clustering. It is designed to deliver applications reliably, securely and economically to large or small subscriber communities, and our experience has proved it fulfils these claims. It also provides a range of auditing and billing tools which make it particularly attractive to an ASP.”


Tarantella, Inc., has a reputation within the industry, for supplying innovative, easy-to-implement software, and this played a large part in Firstnet’s deliberations. As Marrocco reveals; “The need to choose a reputable supplier with a proven track record was as important to us as software functionality.”


Charles Stewart, vice president of European sales for Tarantella is delighted with Firstnet’s endorsement. “Industry and market analysts predict strong, sustained growth of the European ASP market. Against this backdrop our software was designed to help ASPs work better, enabling employees, customers and suppliers to come together more effectively. We’re very pleased that an ASP of Firstnet’s calibre has recognised that the Tarantella software has a competitive edge and adds real value to their service.”


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About Firstnet

Since it was founded in 1996, Firstnet Services Limited has established its reputation on the delivery of effective Internet solutions for today’s progressive businesses. Be it ISP/ASP, server co-location, Internet connections, web design, e-commerce, secure servers, hardware/software, sales and support, consultancy or telecoms solutions, Firstnet will deliver individual solutions, tailored to precise requirements. With a network operations centre in Leeds and points of presence in London and Manchester, Firstnet is expanding and consolidating its footprint across the UK.

For more information, go to http://www.firstnet.net.uk


About Tarantella Inc:

Tarantella, Inc. provides enterprise network infrastructure software to manage and deliver applications, information and services over public and private networks. Tarantella Enterprise 3 software is the only product that transparently provides managed, web-based access to corporate applications from network clients anywhere in the world. Tarantella Enterprise 3 software is a scalable, reliable and secure solution that does not require changes to applications or application servers.

For more information, go to http://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. . Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. 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
icas public relations
01442 261199
andy.crisp@icas.co.uk


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




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