Sun Microsystems is to acquire SeeBeyond Technology for $387m (£209m) to strengthen its position in the service-oriented architecture (SOA) market.
An SOA allows users to build infrastructures that can react more quickly to changes in the business climate, and makes sure they get the required applications in the most efficient way using web services.
SeeBeyond has sales of $167m and around 2,000 existing customers in the SOA market, mainly for platform integration solutions.
The products, services and solutions currently offered by Sun and SeeBeyond are complementary, with little overlap, according to the two companies.
SeeBeyond’s Integrated Composite Application Network (ICAN) suite enables back-office integration, business-to-business integration, business process management and business monitoring.
With SeeBeyond, Sun plans to extend its Java Enterprise System platform by creating the Sun Java System Integration Suite to ease the development and roll-out of SOA-based enterprise applications.
The acquisition will allow Sun to compete more effectively against big SOA players such as IBM and BEA.