Sun Microsystems is planning to take on arch rival Microsoft's .Net strategy with the launch of a range of web-based software next month.
The vendor is the latest to contribute to the development of web-based software services. Following Microsoft's .Net announcement last summer, Oracle jumped onto the web services bandwagon last year, while IBM and Hewlett Packard claim to have delivered components for web services for several years.
Sun, like its rivals, views the future of software as deliverable from the web, making installation, maintenance and upgrades a thing of the past.
A big part of Sun's strategy is a software tool called Brazil, which is aimed at simplifying the development of web-based applications.
However, analysts are concerned that the technology must encompass multiple platforms, specifically Windows NT and 2000, and not be confined to Sun's Solaris operating system.
Peter Burris, an analyst at Meta Group, said: "Sun must present a strong strategy for becoming the first or second player on Windows servers after Microsoft. No one should view Sun as a software company so long as its software strategy remains devoted to driving its hardware market share."
Sun confirmed that its iPlanet software and Brazil are part of its long-term vision, to be released over the next few months, for reusable internet services.
Simon Welch, marketing manager at Sun distributor Clarity, told Computer Reseller News: "Sun has held the lead in hardware for many years and its renowned reliability means that its hardware is the ideal platform for any online environment. Now it has the ability to offer more than just a hardware platform."
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