Sun Improves Security with Secure Web Server Reference Architecture

4/21/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. expanded its x86, low-cost portfolio offerings, with the Secure Web Server Reference Architecture, updated to include one of the industry's fastest secure Web server, the Sun Fire V20z1 Opteron processor-based server. The updated Reference Architecture runs on the industrial-grade Solaris Operating System (OS) x86 platform and the Sun Java System Web Server 6.1. The Secure Web Server Reference Architecture is designed to speed time-to-deployment and revenue for web serving solutions. Industries such as financial services, government, telecommunications and healthcare can reap the benefits of the added level of security and reliability delivered through this architecture.

The Secure Web Server Reference Architecture helps iForce partners deliver pre-tested, pre-integrated secure web serving solutions, minimizing the time and risk associated with customer deployments. This and other Sun Reference Architectures will be available through channel distribution partners such as GE Access.

"Without proper planning and precaution, an enterprise can experience disastrous security intrusions that can result in lost revenue and decreased productivity, especially from today's new breed of debilitating on-line security threats," said Souheil Saliba, vice president of marketing and strategy at Sun Microsystems, Inc. "With Sun's Secure Web Server Reference Architecture, running on Sun's low-cost x86 systems, we can help our customers improve performance and decrease complexity because of greater Web security and rapid deployments on pre-tested and proven solutions."

The Sun Secure Web Server Reference Architecture, a market-proven, hardened platform for delivering web serving solutions, identifies the equipment and software required for given traffic loads as well as configurations. The architecture documents the optimal balance between security settings, configurations and performance, and includes the following benefits:

These documented architectures help reduce the complexity and risk associated with deploying new computing infrastructures. "Completing the Reference Architecture with Sun has provided us with an architecture, performance knowledge and documentation that allows for a more efficient process of implementation at our customer sites. It is a win-win-win proposition for Sun, Wondertek and our customers," said Han Zhi Yi, vice general manager at Shanghai Wonder Information Tech. Co, Ltd.

Customers and iForce partners can use the Sun iForce Centers worldwide to further test these solution methodologies for their own environments prior to investing.

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