Sun, Perfigo Secure, Manage WLAN Deployment for Entire Caltech Campus

5/15/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) has teamed with Sun iForce partner Perfigo Inc, an innovative provider of integrated, software-based wireless LAN (WLAN) security and management solutions, to secure and manage the campus-wide WLAN deployment at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California. The joint solution features Sun LX50 Linux-based severs integrated with Perfigo's SecureSmart WLAN Security and Management Suite, to provide complete WLAN security, device and user management.

Universities throughout the world are turning to WLAN technology as a way of seamlessly connecting students, faculty and staff throughout the campus, and also as a means of attracting top, increasingly tech-savvy students. Where early WLAN systems were relatively easy to deploy and manage, however, both security and management have become significant trouble spots for the technology.

"For all of the wonderful things enabled by a WLAN, there are problems, as well," according to John Dundas, Director of IT Services, Infrastructure, at Caltech. "WEP has demonstrated security flaws, and the deployment can be very difficult to manage and scale, especially when integrating products from multiple vendors. The joint Sun and Perfigo solution enables us to effectively monitor and control all of these elements."

For Caltech's WLAN deployment, Sun LX50 servers were deployed with Perfigo's SecureSmart WLAN Security and Management Suite. The system provides security services such as user-based firewall, IPSec VPN, denial-of-service (DoS) attack protection and authentication proxy, as well as management services such as access point (AP) configuration, rogue AP detection, DHCP server/relay and user roaming control. The system manages WLAN activity for Caltech's 324 faculty members, 2,743 staff members and 2,120 students who are spread over a 124 acre campus in Pasadena.

"Linux is starting to play a significant role in enabling applications for education, as well as for the Enterprise marketplace" says Kim Jones, vice president, Global Education and Research for Sun Microsystems. "Teaming with Perfigo is a perfect example of how software and server-based solutions are not only rivaling proprietary hardware-based systems, but surpassing them in scalability and flexibility as well."

About Perfigo
Perfigo, founded in May of 2002 by former executives from KPMG and HP, is a privately held company based in San Francisco California. Perfigo was founded with the mission of simplifying the management of multi-vendor WLAN deployments by integrating security, user management and device management into a single, easy to manage system. Perfigo is a privately held company backed by investments from leading venture firm Greylock, Inc. For more information, contact Perfigo at 415-431-8900 or visit us online at

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

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