7/1/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), the creator and leading advocate of Java technology, announced early access to the new Sun Java Card Enterprise Software, an integrated smart-card solution for enhanced network security. By bringing together key elements necessary to quickly deploy a Java Card infrastructure, Sun is dramatically lowering the costs and time required for smart card implementations. Underscoring its success in secure identity technologies, Sun also announced it has received the Frost & Sullivan Award for Market Leadership. With more than 600 million units deployed worldwide, Java Card technology is the platform of choice for ensuring privacy, trust and security on the network and is helping drive the expansion of the $120 billion Java economy.
"Java as a computing platform has gained the trust of the IT community and is fast growing in popularity as the preferred computing environment," said Karthik Nagarajan, senior smart cards research analyst at Frost & Sullivan. "Sun Microsystems has been consistent in capitalizing on this development to promote Java Card technology. This enables the company’s licensees to provide its customers not just with a smart card solution, but also an integrated larger solution to their authentication needs."
"We’re proud to receive this prestigious honor from Frost & Sullivan. Sun has always understood that value is driven from network connectivity. But in a world where everything is connected, confidence in security and identity are paramount," said Peter Cattaneo, director of the Java Card Business Group at Sun. "In 1996, long before secure identity became a buzz word, Sun made the strategic investment to create the industry's best identity technology and to build a business around it – Java Card. Today we are extending our product line to simplify integration of strong authentication into identity management systems."
Java technology-based smart cards are increasingly being integrated into IT systems to improve physical and network security and to provide secure digital identity. Java Card Enterprise Software will allow interoperability of the Java technology smart card (Java Card) platform with different computing environments, helping reduce integration costs. This preserves the security and interoperability benefits of Java-technology based smart cards while radically reducing the cost and complexity of adding strong authentication to existing identity management solutions. Java Card Enterprise Software will provide application developers and integrators with helpful tools to easily integrate the Java technology smart card platform with the Sun Java Enterprise System and the Sun Java Desktop System, as well as with other legacy or optional identity management software.
Early access to Java Card Enterprise Software is available immediately, with general availability planned for Fall 2004. IT managers and system integrators interested in registering for early access and learning more about Java Card Enterprise Software should contact Java-Card-ES@sun.com.
Frost & Sullivan Award for Market Leadership
The Frost & Sullivan Award for Market Leadership is given to the company that has exhibited market share leadership through the implementation of market strategy. The recipient has displayed excellence in all areas of market leadership process, including the identification of market challenges, drivers and restraints as well as strategy development and methods of addressing these market dynamics. Furthermore, the recipient has continually demonstrated solutions for monitoring market changes and for implementing superior market strategies.
Java Card technology is the clear market leader for powerful, multi-application smart cards in mobile telephony, financial services, government, healthcare, enterprise identity and other markets. Organizations around the globe – from the United States Department of Defense, the Bureau of National Health Insurance of Taiwan, to the Government of Belgium – rely on Java Card technology for secure digital identity.
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 http://sun.com
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