Sun, Siebel keep software rolling

Sun Microsystems Inc. and Siebel Systems Inc. announced a development deal this week that would see the two companies promoting each other’s software platforms.

The multifaceted agreement will enhance the performance of Siebel eBusiness Applications running on the Solaris Operating Environment and selected Sun ONE software products, the companies said in a joint statement, adding that the agreement underscores both Sun and Siebel’s commitments to collaborative product development, testing, support and integration.

Expected to last several years, the agreement includes Siebel Systems’ support for the Sun Cluster 3.0 High Availability Agent, Siebel’s validation of the Sun ONE identity Server 6.0 with Siebel 7.5 to enable better integration and secure access to Web-based resources. The two companies are also working to validate Sun ONE Portal Server 6.0 with Siebel’s Employee Relationship management (ERP) 7.5.

Sun’s ONE Web Server, directory sever and messaging server also received support from Siebel, according to the announcement.

In the statement, Siebel said it wanted to ensure that customers integrating best-of-breed applications from Sun and Siebel realize the quickest possible return on their investment. Sun said customers would no longer have to spend time integrating Sun ONE software with Siebel eBusiness Applications.

The joint agreement is nothing new for Sun or Siebel. After a three-year business affiliation, the two companies expanded their relationship into a global strategic alliance in an effort to create mutual solution development and technology initiatives, as well as global marketing campaigns and regional sales engagements, according to statements from the two firms.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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