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Sun Fires Up Identity-Enabled Portal Computing Arsenal

By Amy Newman (Send Email)
Posted Oct 9, 2002


Sun Microsystems earlier this week updated its network-identity-enabled portal computing arsenal with the unveiling of the Sun ONE Portal Server, Secure Remote Access 6. Sun Microsystems earlier this week updated its network-identity-enabled portal computing arsenal with the unveiling of the Sun ONE Portal Server, Secure Remote Access 6.

The Sun ONE Portal Server, Secure Remote Access 6 (which in previous versions was known as the iPlanet Portal Server: Secure Remote Access Pack) is Sun's alternative to a virtual private network that provides an integrated, out-of-the-box solution that the vendor is claiming as the first and only integrated portal offering.

With Sun ONE Portal Server 6, Secure Remote Access users can access their portal (e.g., personalized and aggregated applications, data, Web services, and legacy information) from any location through a standard Web browser, thus eliminating the need for client software or modem pools for portal user access.

Users are authenticated via an encrypted channel between the Web browser and the Sun ONE Portal Server 6, Secure Remote Access gateway. Authentication is then proxied by the gateway using the Sun ONE Identity Server to request and confirm authentication of the user.

The Sun ONE Portal Server provides security and authentication through user policy, single sign on, and a management console. It also serves as the centralized policy server for customer deployments. Such functionality centralizes the security of enterprises' Web applications, legacy, and portals assets, Sun says.

The Sun ONE Portal Server 6, Secure Remote Access solution uses standards-based privacy, security and authentication (such as SSL/TLS), and cryptographic algorithms (such as 3DES/AES) to deliver communications through the Internet to the server and the client.

Other features in this new Sun ONE solution include:

  • Extranet or virtual private network capabilities available "on demand" that provide user, policy, and authentication services
  • Support for open-standards-based Internet or extranet connectivity technologies that allow seamless integration with cable modems, DSL, and ISDN
  • Extensive performance and server tuning, including support for vertical and horizontal scaling

The Sun solution is being positioned as ideal for large-scale portal deployments. The vendor is highlighting the print media solutions provider Heidelberg Digital as one such organization that has recently chosen the Sun ONE Portal Server for its new business-to-business portal, the Heidelberg Prinect Portal.

Heidelberg is using the Sun ONE Portal Server, Secure Remote Access 6 to build a variety of business-to-business Web-based services for printing enterprises and print buyers. Services include request-for-quote placement, online order status, job management, complete real-time high-end proofing, and a secure file transfer tool. The Heidelberg Prinect Portal also leverages the Sun ONE Application Server and the Sun ONE Integration Server.

"The Sun ONE Portal Server ensures that transactions conducted by our customers and their print buyers through the Prinect Internet Portal can be done both remotely and securely," said Dan Abbas, program director for the Heidelberg Digital Prinect Internet Portal. "This was key in our decision to choose Sun. We also required a flexible architecture that would allow us to quickly react to customer feedback and changing market needs, as well as the scalability to expand quickly."

The Sun ONE Portal Server already claims more than 400 deployments. Customers include Advocate Health Care, AXA Financial, and the State of New Jersey.

The Sun ONE Portal Server is priced on a per-CPU basis beginning at $57,000. The Sun ONE Portal Server, Secure Remote Access 6 product is scheduled to be available within 60 days. It will require and include a two-CPU license for $95,000. Additional CPUs of Sun ONE Portal Server, Secure Remote Access 6 are available for $47,500 per CPU.

The portal server will run on Solaris 8 and Solaris 9.

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