4/8/2003 - Sun Microsystems Inc., a leader in systems and solutions that make the net work, unveiled Sun ONE Instant Messaging 6.0 as part of the Sun ONE communications portfolio and as an integral component of the Sun ONE Collaborative Business Platform. Sun ONE Instant Messaging 6.0 enables secure, real-time communications and collaboration, combining presence awareness with chat, conferences, alerts, news, polls and file transfers to create the rich collaborative environment that today's innovative and fast-moving companies demand. New features in this release include the ability to archive and easily retrieve message transcripts, real-time, pop-up notifications of calendar events and task deadlines in Sun ONE Calendar Server, and the capability to enable content filtering for virus and SPAM detection. Additional enhanced collaboration features required by customers are available through tighter integration with Sun ONE products and partner offerings.
Secure Instant Messaging for Sensitive Communications
As the use of instant messaging for business purposes increases, so does the concern for security. Sun ONE Instant Messaging 6.0 provides executives and IT administrators peace of mind by enabling organizations to manage their own user populations and control their own servers to prevent confidential data and information from being intercepted. Multiple authentication mechanisms and granular access policies help ensure that users are properly identified and authorized. Communication itself is secured through encrypted sessions to protect the integrity of an enterprise's information assets. In addition, organizations are increasingly concerned with the threat of virus and spam disruptions through real-time communications. Sun ONE Instant Messaging 6.0 addresses this concern with interfaces to enable organizations to integrate with third-party virus and SPAM protection software.
"Security of communications and collaboration is top priority for our customers. Sun ONE Instant Messaging provides the secure real-time collaboration features that our customers demand, " said Mark Slosberg, executive vice president of eSolutions, EpicEdge, Inc., a development and integration partner providing collaboration solutions. "Integration with existing corporate directories enables user authentication. And, secure remote access through Sun ONE Portal Server integration helps ensure the integrity of corporate instant messaging and other real-time collaboration services, even when used outside the firewall."
Integrated with the Sun ONE Offering
The Sun ONE Instant Messaging Server is tightly integrated with the Sun ONE software product line, including the Sun ONE Portal Server and Sun ONE Identity Server, and leverages the Sun ONE Portal Server: Instant Collaboration Pack technology. This integration allows users to leverage features such as single sign-on, community management, search capabilities, and secure remote access. For example, the new message archiving feature enables users to capture the knowledge generated and exchanged within instant messaging sessions with keyword search and retrieval of message, conference, and poll transcripts through the Portal Server search component. Additionally, Sun ONE Portal Server, Secure Remote Access enables users to access instant messaging and presence services securely from outside the corporate firewall using Sun's patented VPN-on-demand technology. This capability extends the functionality of instant messaging to the extended enterprise including remote employees, partner and customers.
"The tight integration of instant messaging, portal and identity management technologies increases return on investment for Sun's customers, and demonstrates Sun's leadership in the converging portal and communications software market, " said Stephen Pelletier, vice president of Sun ONE Network Identity, Communications and Portal products.
Partner Support Delivers Group Conferencing and Mobile Access
Also using Sun ONE Instant Messaging as a real-time development platform, NTT DATA offers a mobile instant messaging solution with its Air Messenger client software, AirBridge gateway for communication protocol conversion, and Air Bot forms creation tool. These Java technology-based components enable instant messaging among cell phones and other mobile terminals. Using Sun ONE Instant Messaging as the foundation for its mobile services platform, NTT DATA is able to offer real-time and interactive services along with push-type information provision. These services were delivered to fans of the Yokohama Bay Stars, a professional baseball team in Japan, with applications such as behind-the-scenes information including reports from the dugout, quiz games on who will get the first hit and which players will hit home runs, as well as drawings for prizes each inning among registered users.
Sun ONE Instant Messaging 6.0 will be available in May 2003.
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