A proposed deal between Sun and IBM's Tivoli unit to integrate their respective systems management environments has fallen apart at the eleventh hour, according to US reports.
The pact was supposed to be announced at NetWorld+Interop show in Las Vegas this week, and would have resulted in the creation of a single application programming interface (API), enabling developers to write just one application, which would work in both environments.
At the heart of the deal was Sun's Solstice network management software and Java Management API (JMAPI) and the Tivoli Management Environment (TME).
The sticking point, however, was apparently that both companies wanted control over JMAPI, which Sun hopes to push as an industry standard. Tivoli wanted control of the parts of JMAPI that it had helped Sun develop with other third party systems management vendors.
Industry watchers commented that Sun had the most to gain from the deal because its offerings have fallen behind somewhat in the marketplace, but it seems unlikely that it would wish to relinquish even a modicum of control of JMAPI, or let the specification splinter.
Sun hopes to encourage all the major systems management players to support JMAPI in their applications by the end of the year to make it a de facto standard for managing Java-based environments. Controlling the specification not only gives Sun a headstart in developing JMAPI-based software, but also means it can decide future product directions.
Neither Sun nor Tivoli were available for comment.
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