Sun ONE gains Yahoo! content

Sun Microsystems is partnering with Yahoo! to integrate My Yahoo! Enterprise Edition into Sun ONE (Open Net Environment) Portal...

Sun Microsystems is partnering with Yahoo! to integrate My Yahoo! Enterprise Edition into Sun ONE (Open Net Environment) Portal Server, the companies said yesterday, offering corporate users the breadth of Yahoo!'s personalised content and services without leaving the company portal.

From the autumn, Sun ONE Portal Server will feature access to more than 2,000 content sources from 25 countries and in 13 languages, courtesy of Yahoo!.

The content will appear in "portlets," or boxes that act as gateways to content and services, which can be tailored to suit individual corporate users.

Sun ONE Portal Server which, until recently, used to be called the iPlanet Portal Server, offers e-commerce portal deployment, membership management, personalisation, security, integration, and search services.

With the integration of Yahoo!'s content offerings, users can customise their portals with industry-related news and stock and financial information in their local languages.

"Customers were asking us to deliver the kind of portal that combines aggregated, syndicated content with applications and services so that the portal becomes a one-stop shop," said Adam Abramski, Sun ONE Portal Server product marketing manager.

Abramski added that Sun ONE Portal Server customers would be offered a free 120-day trial of Yahoo! Enterprise Edition, the companies said. If users decide to keep the Yahoo! offering, they can sign up for a per-user subscription plan.

Although exact pricing for the integrated Yahoo! Enterprise Edition was not revealed, David Gee, vice-president of Yahoo! Portal Solutions, said that overall fees for companies could range in the hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

For now, Sun plans to integrate Yahoo! Enterprise Edition into the 6.0 version of Sun ONE Portal Solution, due out early next month, Abramski said. he added, however, that the company is thinking of integrating it into the 3.0 version.

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