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Sun's Liberty-Enabled Single Sign-On Solution

Sun Microsystems Delivers First Liberty-Enabled Single Sign-On Solution

Announces New Sun ONE Identity Server 6, Sun ONE Directory Server 5.2

Enables Enterprises to Consolidate Authentication Systems, Reducing Integration Costs and Increasing Time to Service

Santa Clara, CA, USA. July 16, 2002.

Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced the first shipping, end-to-end network identity solution that addresses customers' needs for heightened security, privacy and federated identity management. The new products, services and support available today are fully compliant with the Liberty Alliance version 1.0 specification announced yesterday. See

"Identity is the most fundamental Web service and customers want open, interoperable solutions that enable frictionless commerce on the Web," said Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president, software, Sun Microsystems Inc. "CIOs and commerce sites are spending millions in redundant, proprietary identity infrastructure. By offering early support of the Liberty spec, Sun is giving enterprises more choice in network identity and enabling them to take advantage of the rising tide of business opportunities. With Sun's solutions, customers can reduce redundancies between existing systems while extending their network identity environment safely to deliver single sign-on today within their own organizations or among groups of companies working together in a circle of trust."

"Wells Fargo is providing next-generation single sign on across all of our retail banking Internet sites, including Wells Fargo Internet Banking, Brokerage, Bill pay and Wells OneLook. As an early pioneer and leader in network identity, Sun was the logical partner to help Wells Fargo realize this vision," said Avid Modjtabai, executive vice president, Wells Fargo Consumer Internet Services. "By leveraging the Sun ONE architecture and Sun's new network identity solution, we believe we will be able to improve the efficiency of our existing single sign on environment and even extend it to partner companies such as airlines through a federated network identity. Sun's identity solution will be critical to our ability to continue to provide customers with the quality and types of services they desire."

The Sun ONE Platform for Network Identity features pre-integrated software, hardware and services. It has been completely updated with the Liberty-enabled Sun ONE Identity Server 6, Sun ONE Directory Server 5.2, Solaris[tm] 9 Operating Environment and new professional services offerings. Other products in the Sun ONE portfolio will be Liberty-enabled over time, beginning with the award-winning Sun ONE Portal Server.

The Sun ONE Platform for Network Identity includes the following:

  • Sun ONE Identity Server 6: This new version enables enterprises to bridge disparate authentication systems with single sign-on. Based on open standards, including Liberty, SAML and Java[tm] Authentication and Authorization Service, customers can integrate Sun ONE into existing systems without lock-in to a single vendor. Sun ONE Identity Server includes increased authentication, policy administration and security controls, such as Kerberos v5, Microsoft NT and Windows 2000 authentication plug-ins, automatic resource-based authentication and OSCP for digital certificates. The product also supports the leading application servers for development and integration, including the Sun[tm] ONE Application Server as well as third-party products such as the BEA Web Logic Server, SAP Web Application Server, IBM WebSphere and others. The product is available today in early access and is expected to be released in October of this year. To register for the EA program, go to:

  • Sun ONE Directory Server 5.2: Sun ONE Directory Server now features password synchronization with Microsoft Active Directory and added scalability and performance through 64-bit addressing. The product will also now offer increased availability in mission critical applications through Sun[tm] Cluster 3.0 agent support and four-way multi-master replication over WAN for global deployments. The Sun ONE Directory Server 5.2 is expected to be available in November [2002].

  • Services: Two new services for network identity are now available including the Security Hardening Service that utilizes the Solaris Operating Environment controls for identification, authentication, and access control; and the Security Assessment Service for Firewall DMZ to help establish a strong perimeter defense. Additional learning, consulting and support programs for network identity are also available.

  • Additional components of the Sun ONE solution include Solaris 9, Sun Fire 280R, Ultra and SPARC III servers and Sun StorEdge storage arrays.

"Enterprises today are challenged with managing identities within and across organizations from employees and customers to partners and suppliers," said Pete Lindstrom, director, Hurwitz Group. "Sun's support of the Liberty version 1.0 specifications and the announcement of the Sun ONE Platform for Network Identity further illustrates Sun's commitment to identity management for customers who are building and deploying Web services."

Sun Partner Support

An ecosystem of iForce Partners provides additional services, products and expertise to help customers design and implement secure Web services solutions. iForce partners supporting the Sun ONE Platform for Network Identity include Access360, ActivCard, Banyan Systems France, Business Layers, Inc., Entrust, Passlogix, PeopleSoft, Persistent Systems and RSA Security. Additionally, NTT DATA and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young (CGE&Y) join Deloitte & Touche, ePresence, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Schlumberger as leading integrators who assist clients with their identity infrastructures.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer[tm]" -- 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


Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See: "Liberty Alliance Specifications for Federated Network Identification and Authorization."

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