Sun Offers Exchange Server
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."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 linux.eweek.com 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 servers.eweek.com for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switching and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
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.