Future partners Sun and Netscape have come to blows over the release of Sun's new version of the NetDynamics application server, in a move that leaves users with a perplexing each-way bet on future support.
Sun plans to release NetDynamics 5 by the end of the month and is positioning it as a platform for portal computing - placing it in competition with Netscape's Application Server.
AOL and Sun announced plans to jointly develop e-commerce software when AOL acquired Netscape in a $4.2bn (#2.6bn) deal last year.
Guy Martin, marketing manager for Sun in Northern Europe, said that portal computing involved delivering services and applications through a portal site from a variety of sources.
At the time of the AOL deal George Polini, Sun's VP of Java software marketing, admitted a single merged offering was likely to appear.
Gary Barnett, an analyst at Ovum, said a strategy to converge both products was an option. But although they are architecturally similar, this wouldn't make migration any less painless.
"If you use components, which give an additional layer of value, it will be difficult to move," said Barnett.
The NetDynamics upgrade is based on Java 2 and Enterprise Java Beans 1.0.
The conflict between Netscape and Sun's competing application server offerings arrived in the week Netscape announced a major deal for its Application Server with insurance firm AXA Sun Life.
AXA Sun Life is using a Netscape Application Server as the basis for a realtime internet quotation service, to be used by its network of independent financial advisers (IFAs).
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