Sun Microsystems and Siebel are to launch a joint development designed to improve the performance of Siebel eBusiness applications running on the Solaris and Sun ONE software platforms.
The pair claimed that the agreement, which will centre on increased collaborative product development, testing and integration, will speed deployment and reduce costs for rollouts of Siebel applications in Sun environments.
"With this agreement, we'll be able to ensure that customers integrating applications from Sun and Siebel realise the quickest possible return on their investment," said Thomas Siebel, chairman and chief executive at Siebel.
Scott McNealy, chairman, president and chief executive at Sun Microsystems, added: "Customers don't have to spend time integrating Sun ONE software with Siebel eBusiness applications.
"We've done it for them, and more, with an added level of security and service."
The deal, which represents the extension of a three-year relationship between the firms, includes Siebel Systems' support for the Sun ONE Web Server, Sun ONE Directory Server, and Sun ONE Messaging Server.
Siebel has also endorsed Sun's recently unveiled Sun Cluster 3.0 High Availability Agent and validated the Sun ONE Identity Server 6.0 as compatible with Siebel 7.5.
The companies also stated that they are working to validate Sun ONE Portal Server 6.0 with Siebel Employee Relationship Management 7.5.
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