Sun buys Infrasearch

From: Mike Masnick (
Date: Tue Mar 06 2001 - 12:57:43 PST

Again, possibly old bits. I'm discovering that I now read approximately
1/10th of FoRK these days - and only if the subject appears interesting.
How did I ever keep up before? -Mike,,3_706221,00.html

Sun Snags InfraSearch in Move Towards P2P
By Thor Olavsrud

Napster may be facing the music in court, but the peer-to-peer (P2P)
technology movement it spawned is taking the networking sector by storm,
and even networking giant Sun Microsystems Inc. is sitting up and taking

Sun Tuesday declared its intentions in that space, announcing it would
acquire Burlingame, Calif.-based InfraSearch Inc. -- a provider of P2P
searching technology -- in an all stock deal meant to strengthen its
distributed computing research efforts.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Sun will fold InfraSearch into its San Francisco, Calif.-based Project
Juxtapose (JXTA), an incubation research effort, headed up by computer
scientist Bill Joy, with the goal of addressing new styles of distributed

InfraSearch is currently developing a fully-distributed P2P search engine
which Sun said has the ability to return richer and more timely content on
the Internet. Sun is banking that the addition of InfraSearch's technology
to the JXTA efforts in P2P computing will address the network fundamentals
of searching, sharing and storing information, which Sun believes is the
key to harnessing the power of the Internet.

"Sun has always been a leading innovator and has invested heavily in
technology that supports network computing; P2P is one viable style of
network computing," said Mike Clary, vice president of Sun and
administrative head of JXTA. "Searching is a fundamental component needed
to create compelling P2P applications. The acquisition of InfraSearch will
help accelerate and foster Project Juxtapose into a meaningful community

Sun will account for the InfraSearch acquisition as a purchase, and said
in-process R&D charges are expected to be immaterial.

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