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Sun Java WSDP Version 1.4 Supports OASIS Web Services Security (WSS) Specification

Sun Microsystems Outpaces Industry in Web Services Innovation With New Java Web Services Developer Pack and Advanced Application Server Capabilities

With Over 1.2 Million Downloads, Industry's Favorite Developer Pack Features the Latest Web Services Security Standards

Santa Clara, California, USA. May 27, 2004.

Sun Microsystems, Inc., the inventor and leading advocate of the Java technology platform, today announced the newest version of the Java Web Services Developer Pack (Java WSDP) version 1.4. The new Java WSDP helps enable developers to more rapidly build and deploy secure and interoperable Web services. In addition, the company released a new edition of the Sun Java System Application Server 7 — Enterprise Edition. With its new reference architecture, which scales to over 100 CPUs, and "five nines (99.999%)" availability, the Sun Java System Application Server 7 helps reduce deployment costs without compromising standards of quality, reliability or performance.

"Executives within today's enterprise organizations see Web services as a major driving force behind the next wave of application integration and business-to-business transactions," said Mark Bauhaus, vice president, Java Web Services, Sun Microsystems. "Sun is delivering solutions that make it possible to implement reliable Web services architectures more quickly by reducing complexity, resulting in significant cost savings."

Java Web Services Developer Pack 1.4 ("Java WSDP") Features

With 1.2 million downloads to date, the Java WSDP from Sun is one of the most popular toolkits for accelerating development of secure and interoperable Web services applications. Java WSDP 1.4 gives developers access to essential Web services standards, including: Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP); Web Services Definition Language (WSDL); Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI); and Extensible Markup Language (XML). Most importantly, the Java WSDP 1.4 has been enhanced to support the latest Web services security standards and Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) Basic Profile 1.1 with Attachments Profile 1.0.

The Java WSDP 1.4 also provides support for a full implementation of the OASIS Web Services Security (WSS) specification, providing message level security for SOAP. This technology helps allow developers to build reliable Web services, including XML digital signature (JSR105), XML message encryption and authentication for Web services applications.

The Java WSDP 1.4 will support a broader set of Web containers, allowing choice and flexibility for developers. In addition to Apache Tomcat, developers will be able to deploy to the Sun Java System Application Server and the Sun Java System Web Server. Java WSDP 1.4 will be available for download in mid-June from the Sun Developer Network site.

Sun Java System Application Server 7 Enterprise Edition Now Available

Today Sun also announced that the new Sun Java System Application Server 7 EE is available now and features greater enterprise Java technology-based Web services performance, with scalability reaching over 100 linear CPUs and new technology that supports "five nines" availability. The Java System Application Server 7 offers wider Web server support, including the award-winning Sun Java System Web Server, Apache Tomcat and Microsoft IIS, along with broader database interoperability, supporting Oracle, IBM, Sybase, PointBase and Microsoft SQL Server.

Java System Application Server 7 EE provides a high performance, scalable and robust enterprise Java platform for delivering enterprise-class application services and Web services. The Application Server offers an economically compelling platform for deploying mission-critical applications that require extremely high availability and massive scalability. New features of the Java System Application Server 7 EE include a reference architecture that provides best practice recommendations for high availability; support for multiple platforms, including the Solaris Operating System, Linux, Red Hat, HP-UX 11i and Windows, and full enterprise Java platform application failover with added Enterprise JavaBeans (EJBs) specification support and Remote Method Invocation over Internet Inter-Orb Protocol (RMI/IIOP) failover.

The Sun Java System Application Server is a fundamental component of the Sun Java Enterprise System. The Java Enterprise System provides an integrated and open standards based software system that delivers a core set of industry-leading shared enterprise network services to help meet every business need.

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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


Laura Ramsey
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Tel: +1 978-842-4499

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See additional references in the news story "Java Web Services Developer Pack V1.4 Supports WSS and WS-I Specifications."

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