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Sybase to License Sun's J2EE Technology

Sybase Inc. Wednesday announced a strategic alliance with Sun Microsystems to license Sun's Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) technology and incorporate itinto Sybase's key product offerings, including Enterprise Application Server, Adaptive Server Enterprise and Enterprise Portal.

The agreement aims to ensure that Sybase's products will be fully compliant with the J2EE specification and will receive certification from Sun (SUNW) in the near term. With J2EE, Sybase products provide developers with industry standard systems for developing e-business applications with enterprise functionality.

As one of the first companies to forge such a relationship with Sun, Sybase (SYBS) is underscoring its leadership in e-business solutions and furthers its commitment to the Java community.

"We view the J2EE specification as a critical element to building successful e-business applications," Raj Nathan, general manager of Sybase's Internet Applications Division, said in a statement released by Sybase.

The J2EE platform is a full-featured edition of the Java 2 platform that extends mission-critical enterprise applications to any Web browser. Combining a number of previously announced technologies into one architecture with a comprehensive application programming model, the Sun Blueprints, Application Programming Model, and Compatibility Test Suite, J2EE claims to significantly reduce the complexity and cost of developing networked applications.

Sybase plans to use this technology to enable components in applications written for any J2EE-compatible server to run in Sybase's J2EE compatible products. The company will first implement the J2EE standard in EAServer, and a fully compatible version is expected to be available later this year. With full support for the J2EE specification, EAServer will provide developers with the best of both worlds: a server optimized for building enterprise applications and an open, standard model that provides maximum flexibility for future deployments. When deploying components to EAServer, the J2EE platform also gives developers cross-platform compatibility, making components accessible to other applications.

Sybase and Sun's relationship dates back to 1985. During this time, Sybase has contributed to a number of Sun's Java technologies, such as the JDBC data access API and the definition of Enterprise JavaBeans technology. Recently, the two companies collaborated on the SybaseJ2EE Whistlestop Tour, a 10-city seminar series aimed to educate IT managers and developers on the features and benefits of building an e-business solution with J2EE technology.