Techweb heeft een artikel over het belang van Sun in de Netscape/AOL combinatie:
As a well-established enterprise player with a large installed hardware base, Sun will give Netscape much-needed muscle in corporate sales, support, and professional services. Although AOL will own Netscape, Sun will be Netscape's development and marketing partner for all of its enterprise applications, including servers and e-commerce applications.
"This [deal] certainly removes a lot of the cloud around Netscape and the issues surrounding it," said Sun president Ed Zander, referring to service and support concerns. Presumably to sweeten the deal for Sun, AOL guaranteed that it will purchase Sun systems and services -- worth $500 million at list price -- through 2002 for AOL's e-commerce partners and its own use. AOL will receive more than $350 million in licensing, marketing, and advertising fees from Sun.
Netscape customers generally hailed the Sun partnership-- with some caveats. "Netscape's developers are some of the best people in the business," said Ed Glassman, director of technology strategy at Pfizer, which uses Netscape's Enterprise Web Server and Proxy Server as well as Sun hardware. "But Netscape doesn't always have the best process for managing and enhancing its products and getting feedback from enterprise users. Sun does. If it can keep the development team intact, it's a real winning combination."