Sun Microsystems Extends Leadership and Drives Innovation in Directory Services and Access Management with New Offerings

Sun Updates Key Components of Identity Management Portfolio; Delivers Simplified Federation and Security, and Performance Boost for Large-Scale Directory Deployments

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--()--Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAVA) today announced new versions of OpenSSO Express and Sun OpenDS(TM) Standard Edition software, updating key components of its open source identity management portfolio. With OpenSSO Express 8.0, customers will benefit from simple, open, and Internet-scale security for .NET and Java-based applications, as well as software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications in a cloud environment. With Sun OpenDS Standard Edition 2.0 software, customers will benefit from better performance and scalability for large-scale deployments. To download the latest versions of the software, visit:

“In a recent survey that Sun conducted with a targeted group of identity management customers, results showed that user provisioning and Web single sign-on (SSO) were top investment areas for the next 12 months,” said Daniel Raskin, Chief Identity Strategist, Sun Microsystems. “The enhancements we've made to the new versions of OpenSSO Express and Sun OpenDS Standard Edition software address areas of great concern for our customers today and offer IT organizations powerful, open source technologies that are easy to use and fit any budget.”

"A core tenet of Sun's identity management strategy has been to emphasize scale, scale, scale," said Bruce Murray, Director IT Strategy, TELUS. "As the largest telecommunications company in Western Canada and the second largest in the country, TELUS relies on Sun's access and directory solutions to provide Internet scale, so we can deliver the best solutions to Canadians at home, in the workplace, and on the move."

OpenSSO Express 8.0 Makes Simplified Federation and Security a Reality

With the release of OpenSSO Express 8.0, Sun continues to build a unified solution to manage SSO to all resources, including internal and external Web applications and Web services, as well as popular SaaS applications. OpenSSO Express 8.0 is the first access management solution to provide mobile one-time password, which allows two-factor authentication out-of-the box without the need for a third party product. In addition, OpenSSO Express 8.0 also includes Fedlet support for .NET applications and rapid federation.

By choosing Sun's mobile one-time password, organizations can expect to lower their operational expenses as employees can use their cell phones as a physical token device instead of a separate piece of hardware. For a demo of mobile one-time password, visit: Sun's award-winning Fedlet now supports .NET applications, allowing any SAML 2.0 identity provider to quickly federation-enable .NET service providers without compromising capabilities. A mere 1.5MB download, the Fedlet can be deployed in minutes, allowing companies, running a single Web application that are not interested in deploying and maintaining an entire federation infrastructure, to run a standalone service provider. For a demo of the .NET Fedlet, visit:

Additionally, Sun's OpenSSO Express 8.0 now offers rapid federation, allowing users to directly access Salesforce CRM and built applications using their enterprise login in just a few minutes. OpenSSO Express is the only access control solution that includes access management, federation, and secure Web services in a single product. OpenSSO Express is available in the world's largest open source, identity management project called OpenSSO.

Sun OpenDS Standard Edition 2.0 Software Boosts Performance for Large-scale Deployments

Considered one of the best performing, open source LDAP Directory Servers, the latest version of Sun OpenDS Standard Edition software helps enterprises meet their growth targets with their existing hardware platform. Sun OpenDS Standard Edition 2.0 software now offers a new, easy-to-use management console and delivers 10 times better write performance, with the ability to quickly write data to the OpenDS directory at database speeds without upgrading any hardware.1 Providing up to 14,000 write operations per second, Sun OpenDS Standard Edition 2.0 software enables customers to improve their organizations' performance, as well as support up to eight replication instances of an organization's identity repository. As a result, customers will be able to benefit from high availability within a high performance identity architecture.

Dewpoint and ICSynergy Leverage Sun's Identity Management Solutions

Dewpoint, a leading enterprise technology solution provider for the Midwest, helps companies tackle complex IT solutions to secure and best utilize critical data, increase efficiency, and manage costs across numerous industries.

"At Dewpoint, we count on the dependability of Sun's identity management portfolio to help us address complex identity, directory, access, role, and compliance issues for our customers," explained Chris Guttridge, Dewpoint's Identity Management practice lead. "The new product enhancements to Sun OpenSSO Enterprise and Sun OpenDS Standard Edition software will allow our team of expert architects and consultants to offer powerful open source solutions."

ICSynergy, a business and technology consulting firm, helps customers make security decisions around identity and federation management, as well as service-oriented architecture (SOA) strategy.

"We deploy our ICSynergy product suite together with the Sun identity management portfolio to provide the fastest, least expensive route to compliance," said Martin Gee, Chief Technology Office, ICSynergy. "As a certified Sun(SM) Partner Advantage Specialty partner and open source contributor to the OpenSSO project, I'm thrilled to see these advances in Sun's world class identity management product portfolio, which offer our Fortune 200 customers more robust and simplified access technology, as well as improved scalability and performance of their identity management solutions."

Industry Recognition for Sun's Identity Management Portfolio

Sun's identity management software has received numerous awards and positive accolades from top industry experts and users. Most recently, Sun's Fedlet won the “Best Innovation of 2009 Award” by Kuppinger Cole at the 2009 European Identity Conference. In addition, by a clear margin of victory, Sun OpenSSO Enterprise software won the “Product of the Year 2009” award in the security category by

Sun's Comprehensive Identity Management Portfolio

In the past year, Sun has completely refreshed its identity management portfolio, offering comprehensive identity management solutions that provide open access, open source, and open standards. In addition, Sun's identity services help enterprises easily manage the entire identity lifecycle inside and outside organizations. For information on Sun's identity management portfolio, visit:

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1. According to Sun's internal tests, OpenDS Standard Edition 2.0 software delivers 10 times better write performance when compared to Sun Java System Director Server Enterprise Edition, one of the most deployed directory servers in the market.


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Erica Pereira, 650-264-2329


Sun Microsystems
Erica Pereira, 650-264-2329