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The deal will essentially allow developers to use Web Factory as a development and assembly platform that can serve to automate the creation and maintenance of Web applications on demand.
The upcoming versions of Business Web Factory allow both Java and iPlanet developers to build and deploy applications that take advantage of the capabilities of Sun's Application Server. The version for the iPlanet Portal Server allows enterprise-level developers to assemble, manage, and deploy a range of services on demand to desktop systems and other distributed clients.
Sun officials hope the new product will help its users deliver content and services to market significantly faster while also reducing maintenance costs over the life time of a Web application.
Under the terms of the agreement, which builds on the development relationship the two companies have had since last February, Bowstreet plans to offer an integrated version of its Web services-based development environment for Sun's Application Server and Portal Server by the end of this quarter.
"Because of the central role that application servers play in Web services delivery it's becoming increasingly evident that the ability to dynamically assemble Web services is a key component for any J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) application server environment," said Daryl Plummer, vice president and research group director for analyst group Gartner.