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SeeBeyond Sucked Into Sun

Sun splashes $387M on software vendor SeeBeyond to boost its service-oriented architecture story

Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) has stumped up $387 million for software specialist SeeBeyond Technology Corp. (Nasdaq: SBYN) in an attempt to boost its service-oriented architecture (SOA) story (see Sun to Buy SeeBeyond).

For some time now, Sun has been putting its weight behind SOA technologies, which enable users to run services across different computing environments (see Sun Addresses SOA Governance and Web Services Hit Glass Ceiling ).

Other leading vendors, including Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) and IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM), are also pushing SOA (see HP Expands SOA Services and IBM Rolls Out SOA Initiative). Watch for more on those announcements in a separate article today.

SeeBeyonds flagship offering is its ICAN suite, a range of software products for adapting business processes to support SOAs. The company claims 1,960 customers worldwide. The company has long been public, taking the name SeeBeyond in 2000 after more than a decade as Software Technologies Corp. (STC), an integration firm.

The writing has been on the wall for this deal -- Sun and SeeBeyond began working on joint SOA-based solutions last year. On a conference call this morning, Sun execs added that SeeBeyond’s technologies will be used to develop a sixth suite within Sun’s Java Enterprise System platform.

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