iPlanet comments affect rival's stock

Comments by an iPlanet E-Commerce Solutions official last week in an article on www.infoworld.com led to a sell-off of stock in rival software provider BEA Systems Inc. The comments were later denied by another iPlanet official. Patrick Dorsey, group marketing manager at iPlanet, had said the company was expecting to embed some of its Web and application server technologies into parent company Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Solaris OS and possibly in other OSes as well. But on Friday, iPlanet's Wes Wasson, vice president of product marketing, said the company had no plans to embed its technologies into operating systems or to give away any products. "It's certainly not something we're doing," Wasson said. The majority of iPlanet sales are on the Sun platform, however, according to Wasson. Officials at Sun could not be reached for comment at press time

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