A provider of web services security, (online identity management and federated authentication services) to the Western European market and the U.S., the French company Symeos has opted for an online identity management platform with open-source Sun solutions that have cut its development costs by 60%. The virtualized platform, called EGO, features Sun Blade servers using the UltraSPARC T2 Plus processor that have cut power costs by 10% and energy consumption across the entire platform by around 20%.
Among the products and services this solution comprises are:
- Sun Blade T6340 Server Module
- Sun Blade X6250 Server Module
- Sun Blade 6000 Chassis
- Sun Storage 7410 Unified Storage System
- Sun Storage J4000 Array
- Solaris 10 Operating System
- OpenSolaris Operating System
- Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server
- Sun GlassFish Web Space Server
- Sun OpenSSO Enterprise
- MySQL Database
With EGO, Symeos can provide its customers with an incredibly straightforward solution
that enables end users to simply download a small application to their mobile phones, which in turn provides them with a unique password for single sign-on (SSO) to multiple web-based services and applications.
To accommodate the demands of an anticipated 10 million users of EGO, the company needed a completely new virtualized platform that delivered high performance and low energy consumption and that had at its heart a platform that was fast, scalable and secure and that had to be open source to keep costs down.
Symeos ordered 8 Sun Blade T6340 Server Modules with UltraSPARC T2 Plus processors and 12 Sun Blade X6250 Server Modules with Intel Xeon processors. It also purchased two Sun Blade 6000 Chassis to house the machines. To protect the platform's data, the company chose a Sun Storage 7410 Unified Storage System together with a Sun Storage J4000 Array. The infrastructure runs on the Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris Operating Systems.
The blade servers provide support for web solutions that include the Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3, the Sun GlassFish Web Space Server 10 and the open-source offerings of the MySQL database, the Sun OpenDS directory server and Sun OpenSSO Enterprise product for web access management, federation and web services.
The hardware is divided so that the Sun Blade X6250 Server Modules largely support the MySQL database, and the Sun Blade T6340 Server Modules deliver the web solutions including authentication and authorization. Symeos, which once used Apache Tomcat as its web application server, found it could launch a new application 12% quicker with the GlassFish Enterprise Server v3.
Herve Prot, CEO for Symeos, says, "Because of their large memory and robust I/O architecture, the Sun Blade T6340 Server Modules were ideal for a demanding environment. They also offered zero-cost virtualization, thanks to the Solaris 10 Operating System with Solaris Containers and Logical Domains. Plus, with up to 32 GB of RAM per machine, the Sun Blade X6250 Server Modules provided the power and efficiency to complete a highly available platform." The Sun Storage 7410 Unified Storage System gave the company a simplified system for protecting up to half a petabyte of data. "By combining disk storage and solid-state disks, you get increased performance and less energy usage at a lower price point," says Prot.
"It is fair to say that the UltraSPARC T2 Plus processors are at the heart of our EGO strategy," he continued. "They deliver the reliability and performance to support a huge number of users at the same time."
Even though the infrastructure offers significant data capacity, Symeos was able to reduce its storage arrays from six-and-a-half to five. Because the platform is hosted externally, the savings will amount to approximately 21,600 euros (just over US$30,000) over a year. Finally, by using open-source and open-standard technology throughout, the business expects to lower future development by about 60%.
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