First Union's Internet channel architecture consists of four system layers. The modular design, which is based on object-oriented programming standards, makes adding functionality and scalability, as well as system maintenance, faster and more cost-effective.

Presentation. Based on a Netscape Enterprise Server and Sun Solaris platform, this layer handles data presentation logic by delivering Web content to client computers. Vignette Corp.'s StoryServer software is used for content management, Java Servlets are used to support presentation, and the content database runs on Oracle.

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