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Sun Acquires Clustra For Web Services Push

Locked in a high-stakes race to launch an all-encompassing Web Services platform, Sun Microsystems Inc. on Tuesday announced the acquisition of Clustra Systems, a software firm that develops clustering technology that enables continuous real-time computing.

Sun said the technology from privately-held Clustra Systems would be tied into its Sun ONE platform, the Web Services initiative that competes head-to-head with Microsoft's Visual Studio.Net and IBM's WebSphere.

Financial terms of the transaction were not released.

The company said integration of the Clustra technology would enable multiple software products from Sun, beginning with the iPlanet Application Server. "Clustra's highly specialized features will play a key role within the Sun(tm) ONE architecture and platform and other Sun product offerings, extending the reliability and availability of Sun's software and clustering products."

Sun, headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., said the latest acquisition is part of its growing investment in the Web Services initiative. It comes on the heels of Sun's purchase of HighGround Systems, a storage software and file system software company and NetBeans, for open source tools and Cobalt systems for Internet server appliances.

With the Clustra acquisition, Sun adds an architecture that builds availability and automatic self-repair into the core underlying design.

Clustra CEO Gary Ebersole, who lands the job of senior director at Sun Microsystems, described the company as a "perfect match" to help Sun's push in the Web Services industry. "This technology is a perfect match to help Sun achieve its three big bets: massive scalability, continuous availability, and an integrated software stack."

Mark Tolliver, executive VP and general manager of Sun's iPlanet Products division, said Clustra's always-on technology would play a key role within the Sun ONE platform by extending the reliability and availability of the iPlanet Application Server.

Separately, Sun announced a deal with Cisco Systems jointly offer the Sun-Cisco Optimized Platform Recommendations for network management applications.

The platform, which includes a combination of Sun and Cisco products and software, is aimed at helping enterprises and service providers deploy mission-critical networking capabilities.

Among other applications, The Sun-Cisco Optimized Platform includes:

  • Cisco Access Registrar (AR) management application, which provides access for emerging mobile wireless IP connectivity.
  • Cisco VPN Solution Center (VPNSC), which permits a customer to provision and manage Virtual Private Networks.
  • Cisco Network Registrar (CNR) a DNS/DHCP system that provides naming and addressing services for enterprise and service provider networks.

The companies said cell phone maker Motorola was among the first companies integrating applications from Sun-Cisco platform. Motorola, the world's number two mobile phone company, would add the Cisco Access Registrar product built on the Sun Cluster 3.0 application into its Authentication, Authorization and Accounting (AAA) Server component of its cdma2000 Packet Data Network service.