Sun Microsystems Inc is getting together with Bellcore to sell Bellcore’s operation support systems software running on sun Ultra Enterprise boxes to telecommunications service providers. The pair will port Bellcore’s Net Pilot systems for Common Channel Signaling (CCS) and local number portability, and its DCOS-20000 network data traffic collection software to run on a single Ultra Enterprise 10000 64-way symmetric multi-processing (SMP) server. The Sun machines are developed from its 1996 acquisition of the UK-based Integrated Micro Products Plc, which built Sparc and Motorola 680×0 fault-tolerant servers. Earlier this year Sun decided to transform IMP into its Telecommunications Infrastructure Platform Group (TIPG) within its enterprise server and storage group, and charged it with creating hardware and software products for the telecoms market. Both companies marketing teams will now target telcos of all sizes that have CCS/SS7 (Signaling System 7) network, as well as internet service providers.