Netscape is to spend $180 million acquiring Kiva Software, a two-year old US company that develops software for running and distributing applications over large corporate networks and via the Internet.
Kiva's products, including its enterprise server, are likely to be packaged with Netscape's Suitespot set of server applications. They will add functionality for high bandwidth traffic flow over the Internet, using HTTP and support for the Java Virtual Machine.
The server software is aimed at the high end of the market, averaging around $30,000 per processor. The uniting of the product lines will allow Netscape's portfolio to scale up to enterprises with thousands of users and also adds integration with common database platforms from vendors such as Oracle, Informix and Sybase.
"I think this is an emerging market. There is no major competitor in this space and we think we can be the first major player to have an offering in this arena," said John Paul, Netscape's senior vice president of products.
The deal is expected to be completed by the end of the year, with integrated products expected shortly after. These will be particularly focused on corporate Intranet development.
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