Sun Committed to JA-SIG and Education Community, Delivers Optimized Sun ONE-Based Portal Solutions

10/3/2002 - Further demonstrating its efforts to advance open, standards-based solutions in the education market, Sun Microsystems is the first platform vendor to evaluate the open source uPortal code to allow best practices and design patterns of java development, thereby assuring top performance in heterogeneous University and College IT environments. With the uPortal framework gaining momentum throughout the education community, Sun reinforces its support of the JA-SIG to further promote collaboration and the sharing of applications and best practices among higher education institutions.

As the demand grows world wide in the education market for open systems that are easy to deploy, support and maintain, J2EETM-based portal architectures are becoming increasingly prevalent. By optimizing the J2EE-based uPortal framework for the Sun hardware platform, Sun, with its open Sun ONE architecture, provides higher education institutions with a scalable, flexible and reliable solution for unifying the digital campus.

"The uPortal has seen great adoption among educational institutions and government agencies world wide and Sun is focused on helping these institutions take advantage of this technology to develop superior open source portal solutions and web based services to their students that meet their unique needs. The uPortal is an industrial-strength framework and Sun has proven it can handle the requirements, providing greater scalability than ever before," said Kim Jones, vice president of global education and research for Sun Microsystems, Inc. "We view the uPortal as a critical technology advancement for the higher education community and will continue to support the efforts of groups, such as the JA-SIG, which are committed to advancing open computing in the education market."

The Sun ONE platform is well-suited to the uPortal framework, providing an open, scalable and integratable platform that expertly unites disparate campus applications, data, services and constituents. Working with key industry partners, Sun already has deployed powerful solutions leveraging the SunTMONE architecture, including the SunTM ONE Web, Application, Directory and Calendar servers, and the uPortal framework for a number of universities, including Princeton, Pepperdine, Yale and Columbia. In addition, Sun and the JA-SIG are working together to align future versions of uPortal with JSR-168, Java TM Specification Request 168- the industries first portal API standard. By aligning the two, uPortal will be able to support the emerging standard for portlet-based integration of content and application into portals. With the delivery of this key java standard, there will be compatibility between the Sun ONE portal server and the uPortal offering.

"The use of the open source model and the sharing of resources and components is obviously very beneficial to academic institutions, particularly in terms of cost," said Carl Jacobson, Director Management Information Services, University of Delaware. "As a member of JA-SIG and an active contributor to the uPortal framework, University of Delaware is dedicated to leveraging open source methods and standards-based technologies to transform the way our institution works. The Sun ONE architecture, in conjunction with the uPortal framework, has played an important role in helping us achieve our portal strategy."

Java in Administration Special Interest Group (JA-SIG)
JA-SIG is an independent organization designed to increase the flow of information between institutions and companies involved in administrative applications development using Java technology. JA-SIG welcomes the participation of educational institutions and commercial enterprises in developing a common infrastructure upon which to build shareable components.

Sun in Education
Sun is a leading provider of open network computing solutions to colleges and universities around the world, powering academic, research and high performance computing systems, campus administration, digital libraries and student instructions systems. In addition, Sun is committed to connecting the world's students to the Internet, beginning with primary and secondary schools and extending to all levels of higher education.

About Sun ONE
Sun ONE, the integration of Sun's award-winning portfolio of software products, is Sun's vision, architecture, platform and expertise that enables the development and delivery of Java web services. Through its open, integrateable architecture, Sun ONE extends current enterprise systems to help reduce costs and complexity while improving organizations' return on assets. Sun ONE represents a significant initiative in Sun's evolution to providing an open end-to-end architecture building on the company's offerings across systems and development environments.

About Sun Microsystems
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision — "The Network Is The ComputerTM" — has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 170 countries.

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