Bowstreet's Web Factory ported to Sun One architecture

Trying to bolster the market position of its Sun One architecture, Sun Microsystems has signed an agreement to port Bowstreet's Web Factory over to work on Sun's iPlanet Application Server and Portal Server platforms.

The deal essentially will 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, officials said.

The upcoming versions of Business Web Factory allow both Java and iPlanet developers to build and deploy applications that best take advantage 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 products 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 deepens 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, according to company officials.

"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 Gartner Inc. in Stamford, Conn.

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