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Sun Lands i-Planet

Sun Microsystems Inc. took another step toward expanding its business outside its core workstation market late Monday with the acquisition of privately-held i-Planet Inc.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

i-Planet provides secure Internet communications giving businesses secure access to e-mail, internal data and applications from any Internet-connected device without the expense of building a separate network.

"Sun's vision of anyone, anytime, anywhere computing is coming together in a viable end-to-end software architecture," said Ed Zander, chief operating officer of Sun Microsystems, Inc. "i-Planet puts another unique software technology in the Sun arsenal that provides remote access to the corporate intranet from any available computer."

David Vereeke, co-founder and president of i-Planet, expects the deal will rapidly expand i-Planet's market share.

"Sun's leadership in the service provider industry positions it to be able to quickly build market share for i-Planet technologies as a natural extension of its industrial-strength Solaris operating environment and award-winning Sun Internet Mail Server," said David Vereeke, cofounder and president at i-Planet.

"Further, the power of our combined companies and technologies gives us some exciting opportunities to play a critical role in accelerating the growth of the global Internet market."