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Sun To Buy Maker Of Network Software

CenterRun will become part of Sun's software unit and be blended into its utility-computing strategy.

Sun Microsystems said Friday it has agreed to acquire CenterRun Inc., a privately held company that makes network software.

The all-cash transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of Sun's 2004 fiscal year. CenterRun would become part of Sun's software unit, led by executive VP Jonathan Schwartz. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

Sun said CenterRun is a good fit within its N1 strategy, a utility-computing model in which customers deploy bundled hardware and software but pay only for what they use.

CenterRun's technology automates the process for provisioning applications, including the distribution, configuration, and set up of packaged and custom applications, patches and updates. The software also enables the simulation of application deployments before any permanent changes are made.

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