Sun and Siebel sign "multifaceted" apps deal

Sun Microsystems and Siebel have signed what they call a "multifaceted" software development agreement designed to make sure Siebel eBusiness Applications run flawlessly on Sun's Solaris operating system.

The expanded partnership includes Siebel support for the new Sun Cluster 3.0 High Availability (HA) Agent and simplified management with the SunPlex environment. Siebel will validate the Sun ONE Identity Server 6.0 with Siebel 7.5. The two companies are also working to validate Sun ONE Portal Server 6.0 with Siebel Employee Relationship Management (ERM) 7.5, a corporate strategy tool. Siebel also pledged support for the Sun ONE Web Server, Sun ONE Directory Server, and Sun ONE Messaging Server.

"The message here is all about Sun and Siebel making sure that customers can rely on superior products and services that are highly available and integrated to reduce cost and complexity," said Sun CEO Scott McNealy. "Customers don't have to spend time integrating Sun ONE software with Siebel eBusiness Applications -- we've done it for them."

"Many of our customers rely on Siebel applications and Sun infrastructure to make their companies more customer-centric and competitive," said Siebel chairman and CEO Tom Siebel. "With this software development agreement, we'll be able to ensure that customers integrating best-of-breed applications from Sun and Siebel realize the quickest possible return on their investment."

Siebelis a Premium Member of the Sun Vendor Integration Program (SunVIP), which lets customers running Siebel eBusiness Applications on Solaris have a single point of support.

The announcement comes months after a similar declaration of support for Siebel’s arch rival Oracle.

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