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Sun's Interoperability Prototype for Liberty

Sun Announces the Sun Interoperability Prototype - Industry's First Identity Prototype for Developers

Offers 'Hands On' Experience to Accelerate Network Identity Application Development and Interoperability

Based on the Liberty Alliance v1.0 Specification

San Francisco, CA, USA. SunNetwork 2002 Conference and Pavilion. September 18, 2002.

Continuing to deliver on its leadership in the network identity space and the momentum of Sun ONE, Sun Microsystems Inc., a founding member of the Liberty Alliance, today announced the availability of the Sun Interoperability Prototype based on the Liberty Alliance Specification (IPL). This prototype offering is designed for developers -- both enterprise customers and ISV's -- that want to build or test Liberty-enabled applications to manage and maintain their own identity management systems. Sun IPL is the first open community, Java technology-based implementation of the Liberty Alliance Version 1.0 specification. This prototype and the Liberty specification are based on open standards such as SAML 1.0, XML and SOAP. Sun IPL is available immediately for download at Today's announcement supports Sun's July unveiling of the first shipping, end-to-end network identity solution that addresses customers' needs for heightened security, privacy and federated identity management and that new products, services and support available are fully compliant with the Liberty Alliance version 1.0 specification ( The availability of Sun IPL will help customers migrate to Liberty-compliant Sun ONE products such as the Sun ONE Identity Server 6.0.

Interoperability and open, non-proprietary standards enable businesses and consumers to better manage their data and offer network identity-enabled services on their own business terms. Because a federated model removes the constraints of a single, centralized architecture, cross-platform information can be stored, managed and distributed easily.

"We strongly support Sun's effort to propel the adoption of federated identity since the ability for enterprises to do business rises exponentially as the number of authorized users increases," said Andy Mulholland, chief technology officer, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. "The ability to identify people externally as well internally will break through the barrier to the advancement of any online activity and the wide adoption of Web Services."

"By being the first to deliver a Liberty-compliant prototype for developers we are demonstrating our industry leadership in network identity management," said Steve Pelletier, vice president of network identity, communications and portal products for Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Federated identity and Web services will be able to be fully realized due in part to our commitment to developers, open standards and open source."

This source code prototype has been designed to be fully interoperable with Sun's own enterprise class identity management offering, the Sun ONE Identity Server 6.0 -- currently available in early access, so any development work completed with Sun IPL can be leveraged. Applications can be seamlessly migrated to the Sun ONE Identity Server 6.0 or any other Liberty-compliant server through API connecters.

"Sun IPL and the Sun ONE Identity Server 6.0 demonstrate Sun commitment to delivering on its strategy and roadmap for network identity," said Pete Lindstrom, director for The Hurwitz Group. "Through connecting open standards, developer solutions, and commercial products, Sun is streamlining the process for customers to implement network identity systems."

The Sun ONE Identity Server 6.0 provides a comprehensive identity management system that includes policy driven access management, identity administration, and directory services. the Sun ONE Identity Server 6 leverages industry standards such as SAML 1.0 (Security Assertions Markup Language) and SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) as well as providing out-of-the-box support for the new Liberty Alliance Version 1.0 Specification. On The Sun ONE Platform for Network Identity see: Other products in the Sun ONE portfolio will be Liberty-enabled over time, beginning with the award-winning Sun ONE Portal Server.

About SunNetwork 2002

The SunNetwork 2002 Conference and Pavilion is the only conference dedicated to showcasing end-to-end solutions from Sun and its partners that have revolutionized the Internet, networking and computing industries. SunNetwork 2002 has over 7,000 attendees at its inaugural event this week participating in over 100 technical sessions and bird of a feather sessions addressing Sun system architecture, network and computing management, services development tools and techniques. SunNetwork 2002 has been co-sponsored by SAP, Sybase, MatrixONE, PTC, Vignette and JNI Corporation and has over 140 technology exhibits demonstrating how Sun's technology is solving real-world technology and network challenges. For more information on all related announcements, please visit the SunNetwork 2002 website at

About Sun ONE

Sun ONE, the integration of Sun's award-winning portfolio of software products, is Sun's vision, architecture, platform and expertise that enables the development and delivery of Java web services. Through its open, integrateable architecture, Sun ONE extends current enterprise systems to help reduce costs and complexity while improving organizations' return on assets.

Sun ONE represents a significant initiative in Sun's evolution to providing an open end-to-end architecture building on the company's offerings across systems and development environments. Further information is available at

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. 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 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at


Tracy Matsumoto Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Tel: +1 (408) 276-6394

Noel Hartzell
Citigate Cunningham for Sun
Tel: +1 (415) 618-8739


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Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See: (1) Interoperability Prototype for Liberty; (2) "Liberty Alliance Specifications for Federated Network Identification and Authorization."

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