Sun Unveils Next Version of Patented VPN-on-Demand Technology for Identity-Enabled Anytime, Anywhere Portal Access

10/8/2002 - Continuing its leadership in providing network identity-enabled portal computing, Sun Microsystems unveiled the SunTM ONE Portal Server, Secure Remote Access 6 product. Unlike the additional cost of administration and maintenance a traditional virtual private network (VPN) solution requires, the Sun ONE Portal Server 6 provides an integrated, out-of-box alternative — the first and only integrated portal offering. Using a standard Web browser, users can securely access their portal (personalized and aggregated applications, data, Web services and legacy information) from any location such as an Internet café, airport or home.

Customers can obtain a high return on their technology investment while improving user experience by eliminating the need to deploy client software or modem pools for portal user access. User authentication is handled over an encrypted channel between the Web browser and the Sun ONE Portal Server 6, Secure Remote Access gateway. Authentication is then proxied by the gateway using the Sun ONE Identity Server to request and confirm authentication of the user.

"Customers can enjoy the security of a VPN without the huge administration costs of installing and maintaining software on uncontrolled remote machines," said Stephen Pelletier, vice president of Network Identity, Communications and Portal Products for Sun Microsystems. "They can securely deliver the most requested Web service — the ability to communicate and collaborate with employees, partners, suppliers and customers based on their identity."

As portals have become widely adopted, customers increasingly want to extend their portal initiatives to their partners and remote or mobile employees. However, existing VPN, reverse proxy and stand-alone identity management solutions are costly and require additional maintenance. The Sun solution significantly reduces the time and cost of deployment while providing the scalability, high availability, reliability and performance that enterprises and service providers require. Customers can securely extend their portal to their business partners and provide more mobility to their employees.

"A portal is only as useful as its reach, so a secure, trusted portal infrastructure that enables transactions across multiple defined audiences, via the device of their choice, highly elevates the business value of a portal," said Dana Gardner, research director at The Aberdeen Group. "Sun's new remote access offering combines security and identity capabilities with efficient and integrated remote access that reliably extends portal benefits across organizational and supply chain boundaries."

The Sun solution is ideally suited for large scale portal deployments. For example, Heidelberg is a leading print media solutions provider that chose the Sun ONE Portal Server to serve as the foundation for its new business-to-business portal.

"The Sun ONE Portal Server ensures that transactions conducted by our customers and their print buyers through the Prinect Internet Portal can be done both remotely and securely,"said Dan Abbas, program director for the Heidelberg L.L.C. Digital Prinect Internet Portal. "This was key in our decision to choose Sun. We also required a flexible architecture that would allow us to quickly react to customer feedback and changing market needs, as well as the scalability to expand quickly."

Business-to-business Web-based services for printing enterprises and print buyers include request-for quote (RFQ) placement, online order status, job management, complete realtime, high-end proofing and secure file transfer tool. The Heidelberg Prinect Portal also leverages the Sun ONE Application Server and the Sun ONE Integration Server.

The Sun ONE Portal Server provides security and authentication — user policy, single sign on, and a management console — and serves as the centralized policy server for customer deployments. This functionality centralizes the security of companies’ Web applications, legacy and portals assets. The SRA solution uses standards-based privacy, security and authentication such as SSL/TLS and cryptographic algorithms such as 3DES/AES to help ensure all communications through the Internet are delivered safely and securely to the server and the client.

Today, over 400 Sun ONE Portal Server customer deployments including Advocate Health Care, AXA Financial, The State of New Jersey and SunToneSM certified Workscape with support from leading systems integrators including MG Solutions and Navidec.

Pricing and Availability
The Sun ONE Portal Server is priced per CPU with pricing beginning at $57,000 per CPU. The Sun ONE Portal Server, Secure Remote Access 6 product will be available within 60 days; it requires and includes a two (2) CPU license for $95,000. Additional CPUs of Sun ONE Portal Server, Secure Remote Access 6 are available for $47,500 per CPU.

The Sun ONE Portal Server
The Sun ONE Portal Server has been ranked both #1 in portal marketshare by The Radicati Group ("Enterprise Portals Market Trends 2002-2006") and positioned in the leader quadrant in Gartner's Portal Product Magic Quadrant for two consecutive years – 2001 and 2002. The Sun ONE Portal Server is the industry's first portal platform for building business-to-employee, business-to-business and business-to-consumer portals, and enables the personalized delivery of content, services, business processes and applications for enterprises competing in today's competitive environment.

The Sun ONE Portal Server is part of the SunTM Open Net Environment (SunTM ONE) offering - an open, integratable product portfolio to enable the development and delivery of JavaTM Web services.

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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