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The Sun, Intraware Romance Continues

e-Business software maker Intraware , which recently dumped $9.5 million worth of its Asset Management software business to Computer Associates has another sweetheart deal in mind.

The Orinda, Calif.-based company Tuesday said it has extended its SubscribeNet service plan with Palo Alto, Calif.-based networking giant Sun Microsystems .

Financial terms of the deal and length of the partnership were not discussed.

SubscribeNet, is a Web-based delivery and support solution designed for enterprise companies who need to distribute, track, and manage software to their global customer base.

The idea is to continue to deliver software updates to Sun ONE customers and to fulfill initial orders of Sun software for select customers. Under the new agreement, Sun will have the option to use SubscribeNet to deliver additional lines of Sun ONE software products such as Forte Tools, StarOffice and Solaris.

"We have been using the service for almost four years now and are extremely pleased with the benefits," said Sun ONE channel senior director Marco Mohajer. "SubscribeNet has helped us build loyalty by enabling our customers, partners and employees around the world to track, manage, access and download our software at any time."

Intraware said its SubscribeNet service gives Sun ONE corporate customers personalized online archives of all their Sun ONE software entitlements. In addition, Sun ONE customers using the service receive immediate notification of all software updates and patches, and have the ability to download software and updates from the Internet. The service also provides a host of administrative and reporting features that help corporate IT professionals manage the distribution of software within their companies.

The deal will be especially helpful as Sun continues its push against rival Microsoft with its improved rendition of StarOffice.

"Sun's decision to extend this service is a testament to the increasing demand in the market for ESD (electronic software delivery and management) services," said Intraware founder and CEO Peter Jackson.