JAVAONE - Vignette, Sun weave e-business bundle

Aiming to help businesses speed to market with e-business infrastructure, Sun Microsystems and Vignette at the JavaOne show in San Francisco on Monday announced a packaged bundle that integrates CM (content management) with the Sun ONE architecture products.

The Sun Vignette e-Business Bundle will tie up Vignette's V6 Content Suite and MultiSite Content Manager with Sun's iPlanet Portal Server, Application Server, Directory Server, and Web Server. Professional services from both Vignette and Sun are also available to assist in designing and implementing the infrastructure, according to officials from the companies.

Sun and Vignette are aiming to bestow joint customers with the benefits of accelerated time to market and reduced evaluation time for any intelligent Web applications, including employee-facing portals, external-facing customer initiatives, and supplier-directed efforts, according to Santi Pierini, vice president of product strategy at Vignette in Austin, Texas.

"This means any joint customer or prospect that wants to mix and match their architecture can feel confident that we've done all the testing, all the [quality assurance] that these products are designed and built to work together," he said.

CM is emerging as a critical application in the portal and application landscape, providing a management layer among multiple portals, according to Pierini.

Infrastructure vendors such as Sun, IBM, and BEA "see this as their chance to own the new browser-based desktop. And they see [Vignette] as a critical content application within that desktop. We can be the content app that runs inside those windows, and we will also be the mechanism managing multiple sites and multiple portals within their deployments," he said.

Expected to be available by mid-year, the Sun Vignette e-Business Bundle will be jointly marketed by both vendors.

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