Sun Microsystems is to integrate switching technology from new acquisition Nauticus Networks with its own volume systems strategy.
Sun has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Nauticus Networks for an undisclosed cash sum.
Nauticus' principal technology is a high performance content switch, including Secure Socket Layer, security, load balancing and virtualisation.
These components will be key elements of Sun's volume systems strategy to enable large-scale horizontal scalability.
Sun said that the Nauticus technology will be instrumental in the convergence of compute and network services.
Neil Knox, executive vice president at Sun, said in a statement: "As part of Sun's Volume Systems Products initiatives, Nauticus Networks will be instrumental in converging compute and network services in horizontally scaled server platforms.
"This convergence will give customers better integration of their network computing environment and will allow the development of new network services."
The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of Sun's 2004 fiscal year and is subject to the customary closing conditions.
Following completion of the acquisition, Nauticus will become an integral part of Sun's Volume Systems Products group.
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