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shares soared after the customer relationship management software company announced a multi-million dollar sales, marketing and engineering alliance with

Sun Microsystems

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E.piphany's stock finished regular trading up $11, or 21% at $64.25. Shares of Sun were up $3.06, or 2.8%, at $111.44.

Under the terms of the deal, Sun's sales force will help push E.piphany's software, which helps companies understand customers' wants and needs, on Sun's servers. The two companies also are both investing in joint development of the software-hardware combination, as well as marketing initiatives to get the package to buyers.

"The whole push is to take this to market fast," said Tim Guleri, E.piphany's vice president of business development. He declined to put a dollar amount on the deal. "We're taking engineering from both sides and then deploying that through the sales machine that Sun's got," he said.