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InfoWorld: Sun acquires, diversifies to simplify tools strategy

Oct 20, 1999, 21:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ted Smalley Bowen)

"With the stated goal of simplifying its tools and application server offerings, Sun Microsystems added to its technology holdings Wednesday, announcing the purchase of Java tools vendor NetBeans, along with the completion of its acquisition of enterprise software vendor, Forte."

"The Palo Alto, Calif. systems company outlined its tools and server convergence strategy, which is to align its various tools and application integration software under Forte and place the numerous applications server platforms within the Sun-Netscape Alliance iPlanet family. Forte will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sun."

"Sun also announced the formation of a $200 million venture fund, to be managed by vice president Jonathan Schwartz, that will seed the development of Internet equipment and software based on Sun technology."

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