Sun Microsystems plans to acquire Innosoft International, which makes internet messaging and directory products, to slot into its iPlanet ecommerce business.
All of Innosoft's employees, products and future technologies will be managed through iPlanet E-Commerce, the joint venture Sun set up with America Online's Netscape unit last March, following the takeover.
Innosoft president Clyde Johnston said: "Integration with iPlanet E-enables our technology and products to proliferate and provide value to the largest customer base."
iPlanet president Mark Tolliver said the acquisition will enable Sun's joint venture to integrate Innosoft's directory and messaging products into its product line.
While Innosoft's transfer agent already works out of the box with iPlanet's messaging server, iPlanet will also add the company's Directoryportal product, its LDAP Proxy Server - which integrates diverse LDAP clients and makes it easier to control and monitor client access - and its Messaging Transfer Agent (MTA) to its portfolio.
MTA directs message traffic through internet gateways, and also includes message channel capabilities such as fax, video, email and voice support.
Separately, Sun said it had set aside $300m (£190m) to launch what it calls its iForce scheme, which is intended to assist internet startups. The plan is to help entrepreneurs overcome any technical hurdles associated with launching their businesses.
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