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Sun Open Net Environment Architecture
Implemented by Standard & Poor's
October 23, 2001,
Volume 44, Issue 4

Standard & Poor's (S & P) has implemented the SunTM Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) architecture, including iPlanetTM Application Server, iPlanetTM Web Server, iPlanetTM Directory Server and Sun SolarisTM Operating Environment (Solaris OE) in its highest volume web sites. Supporting top brokerage, mutual fund, and banking firms with financial information and analysis, Standard & Poor's Information Services business is entirely run and dependent upon a web-based infrastructure powered by the JavaTM 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EETM), which is compatible with iPlanet Application Server as the main delivery vehicle for services to its customers, who are running diverse technologies. Running on more than 120 servers powered by Solaris OE and supporting more than 150,000 users, the S & P Information Services is using the Sun ONE architecture to double uptime and application performance over previous implementations, improving service to the financial market by allowing limitless client capacity and the ability to meet client demands 24x7.

"A fundamental principle of Sun ONE is to provide a powerful platform that delivers the highest quality infrastructure to meet demands of customers like Standard & Poor's, in turn helping them to increase customer loyalty for their services," said Marge Breya, vice president for Sun ONE. "By leveraging open standards, we ensure that the various elements of Sun ONE integrate easily into a company's existing infrastructure, thereby shortening implementation times and costs."

"The scalability of the Solaris OE, combined with the sophisticated clustering and load balancing features of iPlanet Application Server and Directory Server, provide a degree of reliability and scalability beyond our expectations," said Brian Whitehead, chief technology architect and vice president at Standard & Poor's.

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