At its Services on Demand Summit, Sun announced iForceSM Reference
Architectures based on the SunTM Open Net Environment (Sun ONE)
framework, Sun servers and Sun StorEdgeTM arrays. Sun
unveiled its iForce Multi-network Communication Services Reference
Architecture, which documents best practices for enabling secure access
across wireline and wireless networks to enterprise and consumer
collaboration services, including email, calendar and address
information, with a design proven to scale to millions of users. Sun is
also announcing an enhanced version of its iForce ISP Messaging
Reference Architecture solution, simplifying delivery of core wireline
email services with sizing guidance suitable to consumer and enterprise
iForce Reference Architectures provide specific, tested sizing and
configuration guides for simplifying assembly of integratable stacks of
hardware and software from standard components. They document
the infrastructure required to scale
from small installations to multi-million site deployments with a full
range of communication and productivity services accessed through fixed
and mobile, thin, and desktop clients.
"Unlike other vendors who force customers into costly, closed, complex,
custom integration projects, Sun's strategy is to simplify deployment
and management of open, cost-effective solutions. By doing much of the
hard work ourselves and sharing this expertise with members of the
community, we are offloading risk and expense from customers and
setting a new standard for Solutions Providers in the industry," said
John Shoemaker, Executive Vice President, Computer Systems at Sun.
The new iForce Multi-network Communication Services Reference
Architecture applies the design principles, such as horizontal scaling,
to key productivity services delivered across wireless and wireline
infrastructures to ensure throughput and performance expectations are
met. The architecture is based on the Sun ONE framework: iPlanetTM
Messaging, Calendar and Directory Servers, and iPlanetTM Portal Server:
Mobile Access Pack software, as well as the SolarisTM Operating
Environment (Solaris OE), Sun servers, and Sun StorEdge arrays. It uses
Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) gateways, load balancing servers,
firewall software and SMS (Short Message Service) centers from Sun and
Sun also enhanced its iForce ISP Messaging Reference
Architecture. It helps Internet Service Providers deploy a
highly available messaging architecture that supports hundreds of
thousands of users.
iForce Enterprise Wireless Reference Architecture, incorporating the
iPlanet Directory Server and iPlanetTM Web Server with third-party
products is also based on the Sun ONE architecture.
Sun plans to expand the range of technologies it incorporates in these
architectures to reflect the impact of its investments in hardware,
software and networking technologies. Reference Architectures are part
of Sun's iForce Initiative, which brings together Sun systems,
software, services and best-of-breed iForce partners to create and
deliver customer-driven solutions that help large and small customers
leverage the network to improve business processes.
iForce Reference Architectures are being deployed in iForce Ready
Centers worldwide to allow customers to build proof-of-concept
demonstrations that meet their unique environments.
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