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.

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