Sun Microsystems Inc. has acquired Clustra Systems Inc., an Oakland, Calif.- based provider of high-availability clustering software that enables continuous real-time computing. Combining the Clustra Systems technologies with applications developed by Santa Clara, Calif.-based Sun will result in a unified, self-repairing, massively scalable Web services software platform, Sun says. Clustra tools will be part of Sun's iPlanet Application Server.

The Clustra architecture builds availability and automatic self-repair into the core underlying design. By combining mirrored storage with redundant software processes, the technology enhances service delivery during failure events and maintenance operations, enabling companies to easily grow and manage their Web services environments without downtime, Sun says.

Sun's acquisition of Clustra is part of its strategy to obtain companies that enhance its products, technology and open standards. Other acquisitions include HighGround Systems Inc., Marlborough, Mass., for storage software, LSC Inc., Eagan, Minn., for file system software and Cobalt Networks Inc., Mountain View, Calif., for Internet service appliances.

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