Sun prepares integrated web services platform

Sun Microsystems is to ship a developer's edition of an integrated web services platform featuring Sun middleware and development...

Sun Microsystems is to ship a developer's edition of an integrated web services platform featuring Sun middleware and development products next month.

Positioned as a Java web services stack, the package will feature multiple Sun One (Open Net Environment)-labelled products: Application Server, Directory Server, Identity Server, Integration Server, Portal Server, and the Studio development tool.

Sun vice president of Java web services Mark Bauhaus said the initial developer's release of the package was intended to spur application development.

"Over time, we'll be increasing integration of all the components, but what we wanted to get people started with is the developer edition."

With the package, the name of which was not revealed, Sun aimed to provide an easy-to-install, unified platform for Web services deployment.  

"When you buy it from Sun, you'll be able to buy it all at one price, install it all [for] one price, and have blueprints and guidance to install it yourself. This is unlike IBM's Web services products, which require purchasing integration services from IBM Global Services," Bauhaus said.

The Sun package will support deployment on Solaris, Linux, Windows, Hewlett-Packard HP-UX, and IBM AIX.

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