After completing the acquisition of Net Dynamics, Sun has outlined its application server plans.
Sun said Net Dynamics? application server will become the heart of its enterprise software platform. The Net Dynamics product line will be extended into a line of application servers that scale from embedded devices to mainframes, and provide an interface to legacy systems.
Alan Baratz, president of Sun?s Java Software unit, in a conference call, said that application servers such as Net Dynamics will play a key role in enterprise computing. They will provide the link between the browser on the front end, and legacy software on the back end, he said. Alan Baratz called this a ?portal? function, comparable to general purpose Internet portals such as Yahoo or AOL.
?The portal is emerging as a new enterprise computing model," said Baratz. He said that Sun is currently building its own employee portal, a browser based environment that gives employees access to email, calendaring, news and other information. The portal hooks into Sun?s existing software.
Sun also said it would offer Net Dynamics software as an option on all its servers, and announced some customer wins for the platform, including Federal Express, Countrywide Home Loans, and Australian telco Telstra.
Sun has licensed Inprise?s Visibroker Integrated Transaction Service, an object oriented transaction monitor. Visibroker ITS will be integrated into a future release of Net Dynamics, enhancing the application server?s transactional capabilities.
In the first quarter of 1999, Sun will release a new version of Net Dynamics that will support the Enterprise Java Beans component model. It will also support Microsoft?s competing COM object model.
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