Sun Microsystems is enhancing some of its ebusiness software using its iPlanet software group in a bid to fight back against a successful push into its markets by BEA and IBM.
The iPlanet division will next month update its application server software, the technology that runs ebusiness and other website transactions. Sun claims that its new version should make it simpler to build and run web-based software and services using Java.
The company has been fighting Oracle for third place behind BEA and IBM in the ebusiness software space.
In the $2.25bn application server software market last year, Sun ranked third with seven per cent of the market, behind leaders BEA with 36 per cent and IBM with 34 per cent. Oracle was fourth with five per cent, followed by Hewlett Packard and Sybase with four per cent.
A Sun spokesman explained that the plan is to follow the new software efforts with numerous product updates and strategy announcements in the next three months. Sun recently took full ownership of the iPlanet software group after its partnership with America Online dissolved.
Originally called the Sun-Netscape Alliance, iPlanet was created in 1998 after America Online bought Netscape Communications. It featured ebusiness software products, programmers and salespeople from both Sun and Netscape.
The new software includes a set of guidelines that show programmers the best way to write software and includes pre-built chunks of code.
Sun has said that the product will offer better integration with its Forte Java software programming tool, making it easier for developers to build web services, software that is made available over the internet on multiple devices such as PCs and mobile phones.
The company is also offering more training classes in the hope that a greater number of programmers will use its application server.
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