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Java Enterprise Gains Broader Support

Sun Microsystems' Java Enterprise System (JES) is fast becoming the platform of choice for customers, partners and developers alike, the company said Wednesday.

This week, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based network computer maker announced several deals with various interests that help Sun promote one of key pillars of its software strategy.

Priced at $100 per-employee-per-year, Java Enterprise System includes Sun's Web and Application Services, Network Identity Services, Portal Services, Communication and Collaboration Services, Availability Services and end-to-end Security Services.

The platform also scales to over 100 CPUs and includes support for the Web Services Interoperability Organization's (WS-I) Basic Profile.

Among its new contracts, Sun is hooking up with LogicaCMG, a European-based global IT services and wireless telecommunications provider that said it will use JES to bolster its wireless, wireline and broadband network messaging solutions, including LogicaCMG's uOne Solutions Portfolio (voice mail, video mail and video streaming).

Financial details were not disclosed but Sun said its JES would aid LogicaCMG with increased messaging capacity, lower cost per message, more secure messaging and a higher throughput of messages per second.

Likewise, Sun said it has strengthened its own JES offerings by partnering with IT consulting and integration firm Back Bay Technologies. The division of IT holding company Zanett said it would provide strategic assessments and custom-built server stacks based on the Sun Java Enterprise System. Bay Back said it would target organizations in the finance, insurance, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors with its services.

In addition, Sun named Back Bay to its National Advisory Council. The group of U.S. channel partners advises Sun on its partner policies and programs and in some cases helps shape changes in Sun's business model.

But of all of its new deals, Sun seems most impressed with the latest growth spurt in Java vendors adopting its Java enterprise technology.

Sun said Borland Software, Computer Associates (CA), Compuware, Mercury Interactive and Quest Software are independently using the Java System Application Server to build, test and install software programs for their enterprise application development projects.

"Sun has a rich heritage of providing what developers need to stay ahead of the curve in enterprise development, including early access to innovative code and free access to industry-standard reference implementations," Mark Bauhaus, Sun's vice president of Java Web Services said in a statement. "With over 1 million downloads of the Java System Application Server, developers are making their choice clear. Now we're driving to the next level of developer productivity to set the bar for the next generation application server deployment."

The momentum behind Java System products is also starting to catch the attention of some IT market analysts.

A research report published today by The Middleware Company, which surveyed members of theServerside.com show Sun has 35 percent market adoption among the J2EE platform-compatible application server in development, putting the Java System Application Server in second place behind offerings from BEA at 40 percent, but slightly ahead of IBM's at 31 percent share.

In addition, the analyst firm said the Java System Application Server has 24 percent market adoption in installations -- ranking third behind BEA's offering at 39 percent and IBM's offering at 30 percent.