Sun Microsystems Launches Sun ONE Collaborative Business Platform

4/8/2003 - Sun Microsystems Inc., a leader in systems and solutions that make the net work, introduced the Sun ONE Collaborative Business Platform, one of the industry's first integrated secure, anywhere, anyplace collaboration platforms. The Collaborative Business Platform helps enterprises deliver secure collaboration and communication services including e-mail, calendaring, instant messaging, search, unified messaging, and content and knowledge sharing services for stronger, more effective relationships and increased productivity, efficiency and satisfaction among diverse user groups such as employees, partners, customers, students, faculty and citizens. The Sun ONE Business Collaborative Platform also includes professional consulting services from Sun and its iForce partners and the brand new Sun ONE Instant Messaging 6.0 software that provides new capabilities for secure instant messaging in the enterprise.

"With over 8 million citizens and thousands of employees and partners, the State of New Jersey must meet the needs of a broad set of users who want to access information quickly and collaborate with other employees and citizens," said Odysseus Marcopolus, Director, Office of Information Technology, State of New Jersey. "The integrated Sun ONE Collaborative Business Platform is enabling us to reliably deliver collaborative services such as e-mail, calendaring, and access to groupware applications through a secure portal platform."

The Sun ONE Collaborative Business Platform unites the necessary components for an organization to implement a full-featured collaborative platform. At the core of the Collaborative Business Platform are services such as e-mail, calendaring, task management and scheduling, instant messaging, conferencing, polling, discussions, real-time collaborative services, and content and knowledge sharing tools. Delivery of these services through an identity-enabled portal facilitates user management; enables differentiated access policy, and provides single-sign on across services. In addition, secure remote access and wireless capabilities ensure that users get access to their colleagues, customers, partners, and data anywhere at anytime from any device. Users are able to access all of these services through Sun's patented VPN-on-demand technology.

"The Sun ONE Collaborative Business Platform enables the personalized and secure delivery of collaborative services to help our customers share information more efficiently, " said Stephen Pelletier, vice president of Sun ONE Network Identity, Communications and Portal products, Sun Microsystems. "Faster, more informed decision making drives competitive advantage. Sun is delivering highly scalable solutions to customers, built to support millions of subscribers at up to a 10x cost advantage."

The integration of these collaborative services, and the easy access to them, improves business practices, enhances employee productivity, and advances customer and partner relations. The common infrastructure across products and services increases security and ease-of-administration, and lowers the overall TCO.

"Businesses increasingly look to communications and collaboration solutions to increase knowledge sharing, streamline decision making, and improve productivity - all within affordable cost margins, " said Dr. Sara Radicati, President & CEO of The Radicati Group. "Sun was the only vendor in our research study ("Messaging Total Cost of Ownership 2003") to demonstrate TCO leadership across both the Enterprise and Service Provider markets."

The Collaborative Business Platform includes a set of quick-start and deployment professional consulting services from Sun and industry leading iForce partners including AC Technology, ANTlabs, Avcom East, Inc., Back Bay, DewPoint, eForce, Forsythe Solutions, IC Synergy, InSolutions, Intraware, MG Solutions, Navidec, NCS, Sharp Consulting, TLA Consulting, and True North Technology, and Wingra. These value-add-consulting services are focused; fixed-price packages to help customers quickly get their Sun ONE product up and running quickly in their environment. Experienced consultants use best practices to design and deploy the services best suited to meet customers' evolving business requirements.

"Our customers look to gain efficiencies across their value chains by enabling collaboration among diverse groups of users, all the while assuring accessibility, interactivity and security," said Michael Giske, CEO of MG Solutions. "The Sun ONE Collaborative Business Platform solution is in line with what we're hearing from our customers."

The Sun ONE Collaborative Business Platform solution helps deliver lower TCO for key collaboration services including:

The Sun ONE Collaborative Business Platform is offered as a solution that includes the Sun ONE Messaging Server, Sun ONE Calendar Server, Sun ONE Instant Messaging, Sun ONE Portal Server, and Sun ONE Identity Server software and is available immediately. Sun Professional Services are also offered to enable the rapid deployment of the Collaborative Business Platform.

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