Sun Offers Exchange Server

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2004-02-10 Print this article Print

Replacement "> Sun executives also will focus on delivering solutions that speak directly to the issues and business problems of its customers. Known as Reference Architectures and Solutions, the company will on Tuesday announce an enterprise messaging consolidation solution, geared at those customers who use Microsoft Exchange. Sun is convinced that it can cut the operating costs in half for those users who will move to its consolidated messaging scheme. The solution will run on Sun servers and use its own Java Systems mail and calendar software.
Officials said this solution can connect to the current clients, whether connecting through a Web browser or an Outlook client, and is targeted at corporate mail and calendaring systems.
"It puts this big, consolidated high-performance mail and calendar engine behind it as opposed to having tens or hundreds of individual instances of Exchange scattered around," Tolliver said. Check out eWEEK.coms Linux & Open Source Center at for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis. Sun executives will also on Tuesday talk about its Secure Network Access Platform, which is the result of ongoing work between the company and secure government agencies. This reference architecture incorporates the SunRay desktops, which are authenticated by a two-factor authentication scheme and a smart card. The scheme also uses Trusted Solaris on the back-end, allowing role-based access to be defined as well as labeling across applications, processors and devices. In addition, Sun will announce a reference architecture for data warehousing based around Sybase Inc. software. As a result of performance and tuning work between Sun and Sybase, they could now break the 100 terabyte barrier, Tolliver added. Winter Corp. takes an annual survey of large databases. Click here to read the results. "Now there are not a lot of data warehouses that are 100 terabytes as yet, but we have been able to do that. But, more importantly, we are very cost effective in that space, saving as much a $1 million per terabyte compared to alternative solutions. We have system engineered this to be a highly tuned, cost-effective way to build big data warehouses," he said. These were all things that hit right where its customers were living today and did the things they wanted them to do, he said. "Were pretty excited about all of this, and 2004 is a big year for us," Tolliver concluded. Check out eWEEK.coms Server and Networking Center at for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switching and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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