Sun, Thor Introduce Identity and Access Rights Management Solution

4/30/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW), and Thor Technologies, Inc., announced the availability of an identity and access rights management solution for Global 2000 companies. This solution results from an effort to expand on Open API and Standards initiatives in these areas to deliver market integrated solutions combining Thor's Xellerate[r] secure enterprise provisioning system with the Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) identity management platform. The Sun ONE platform is open and integratable enabling the development and delivery of Java Web services.

A Fully Integrated Identity and Access Rights Management Solution This is the first example of a fully integrated solution on the market to combine the Sun ONE identity management capabilities and enterprise-class provisioning. The combined solution is designed to enable organizations to utilize the Sun ONE identity management platform to grant, manage and revoke user access to applications based upon that platform, or third-party applications, directly from the Sun ONE Directory Server and Sun ONE Identity Server. This solution can provide a single-point of administration, stronger and more consistent security; and significant cost savings through reductions in administrative workload.

"By integrating Xellerate with the Sun ONE Identity Server, our customers now have a powerful, comprehensive solution to help centralize and automate identity management securely - a significant improvement over the complex, fragmented and labor intensive processes companies have deployed in the past," said Stephen Pelletier, vice president Network Identity, Communications and Portal Products for Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Thor's Xellerate provisioning software is highly scalable and flexible. The integration of our products gives enterprises a comprehensive and secure identity management solution that can be quickly and easily deployed with minimal changes to their existing infrastructure."

"Many large enterprises have user identities scattered across multiple systems and applications. By delivering this integrated solution with Sun, we're making ongoing identity management and complex provisioning requirements much easier to address while minimizing security vulnerabilities," said Alberto Yépez, chairman and CEO of Thor Technologies. "Through our combined solution, companies are much better equipped to handle the difficult identity and access rights management issues facing today's extended enterprises."

Both Thor and Sun support the Liberty Alliance project and other emerging standards such as those being worked on by OASIS, including provisioning standards such as, SPML, aimed at standardizing the way user identities are managed across enterprise systems. Sun is a founding member of the Liberty Alliance.

A Strategic Imperative
As enterprise IT systems and user bases grow in size and complexity, integrated identity management solutions are becoming a strategic imperative. Organizations can now purchase the tightly integrated capabilities of Thor's enterprise provisioning and Sun's leading identity management products. For more information visit:

About Thor Technologies, Inc.
Since 1991, Thor Technologies has provided secure enterprise provisioning solutions to Global 2000 companies, including application service providers, financial services and telecommunications companies. Thor's Xellerate® secure enterprise provisioning system enables enterprise customers to quickly implement, automate and manage user access, significantly improving security and lowering administrative costs without changes to existing IT infrastructure, internal business processes or policies. In addition, Thor's unique Adapter Factory[r] technology allows customers to extend Xellerate's standard connectivity to support additional application targets. For more information, please visit, or contact the company at or +1 (800) 274-8467 in North America and +44 (0) 20 7936 9001 in the UK.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- 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 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Java, Sun ONE and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Thor is the owner of the marks Thor[r], Thor Technologies, Inc.[r], Xellerate[r], Xellerate Enterprise[r], Adapter Factory[r], and The Secure Enterprise Provisioning Expert. Thor reserves the right to revoke permission granted to customers, partners, analysts and press to use its marks and logos at any time. All use of Thor's marks and logos shall be in accordance with Thor's acceptable use policy.

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