Sun readying integrated Web services platform

Seeking to promote development of Web services-based business applications on the Java platform, Sun Microsystems Inc. in mid-March plans to ship a developer's edition of an integrated Web services platform featuring Sun middleware and development products.

Positioned as a Java Web services stack, the package will feature multiple Sun ONE (Open Net Environment)-labeled products: Application Server, Directory Server, Identity Server, Integration Server, Portal Server, and the Studio development tool, according to Sun. The initial developer's release of the package is intended to spur application development, said Mark Bauhaus, Sun vice president of Java Web Services, during a Sun "Chalk Talk" session in San Francisco on Thursday. "Over time, we'll be increasing integration of all the components, but what we wanted to get people started with is the developer edition," he said.

With the package, the name of which was not revealed, Sun wants to provide an easy-to-install, unified platform for Web services deployment, said Bauhaus. "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," Bauhaus said. This is unlike IBM Corp.'s Web services products, which require purchasing integration services from IBM Global Services, Bauhaus contended.

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

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