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Sun Illuminates Improved Identity Software

Sun Microsystems Wednesday unveiled new and improved network identity software to ensure secure delivery of Java-based Web services.

One of a slew of Sun's software announcements this week, the vendor's move to address network identity comes at a crucial time. The consensus among analysts and CIOs is that it is becoming more imperative for enterprises to increase the access to information by providing secure remote access to data for employees, partners and suppliers. Sun is competing with Microsoft and IBM to provide such software, whose various parts server as gatekeepers to safeguard users' personal data.

Sun also said the new software is geared to pare total-cost-of-ownership (TCO), which, along with return-on-investment (ROI), is one of the biggest buzzwords in the IT business in this weak economy. The products do so by consolidating user identities, centralizing security functions and allowing user administration across one infrastructure. This eliminates the need for the CIO to run out and buy a patchwork of products.

The new software includes the Sun ONE Directory Server 5.2, the Sun ONE Directory Proxy Server 5.2, the Sun ONE Directory Server Resource Kit 5.2, the Sun ONE Meta-Directory 5.1, the Sun ONE Identity Synchronization for Windows 1.0 and the Sun ONE Identity Server 6.0, Service Pack 1.0.

The heart of the identity platform, Sun ONE Directory Server, serves as the central authentication resource across all applications and devices. The latest version of that product, Sun ONE Directory 5.2, includes support for Solaris on x86 architecture (Directory already supports Unix, Linux and Windows), 64-bit cache support, 4-way multi-master replication over Wide Area Networks, support for global deployments, and a protocol-independent front end that supports both LDAP and DSML.

Other enhancements include:

  • Sun ONE Identity Synchronization for Windows: enables interoperability between both Sun ONE Directory Server and Windows environments
  • Sun ONE Directory Proxy Server 5.2: secures directory services infrastructure, protects against LDAP denial-of-service attacks, and ensures application compatibility through schema mapping
  • Sun ONE Directory Server Resource Kit 5.2: provides tools and APIs for using the Sun ONE Directory Server
  • Sun ONE Meta-Directory 5.1: offers a single, window pane view of all stored identities from disparate sources such as customer databases, HR applications, network operating systems, messaging and telephone databases

Sun ONE Directory Server 5.2, Sun ONE Directory Proxy Server 5.2, Sun ONE Directory Server Resource Kit 5.2, the Sun ONE Meta-Directory 5.1 are available now, with Sun ONE Identity Synchronization for Windows arriving in July. The products will include support for the Liberty Alliance Identity Web Services Framework and OASIS Web Services Security (WS-Security) standards next year.