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Sun Delivers Secure Instant Messaging
With the iPlanet Portal Server: Instant Collaboration Pack
October 23, 2001,
Volume 44, Issue 4

Sun made two important announcements involving iPlanet and AOL. The iPlanetTM Portal Server: Instant Collaboration Pack is the industry's first portal environment that incorporates collaborative, community-based instant messaging. Designed to meet the needs of both service providers and enterprise customers, the solution provides the extensive security, reliability, and directory integration required to support instant messaging among internal employees and external business partners, suppliers and consumers in a secure environment. In addition, Sun and AOL have announced their plans to perform interoperability testing between the iPlanet Portal Server: Instant Collaboration Pack and the AOL Instant Messenger.

"The iPlanet Portal Server allows users to access SunTM Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) services on demand, and offers customers a comprehensive range of content, integration, and collaboration services," said Stuart Wells, Senior Vice President of iPlanet Products at Sun Microsystems. "Until now, enterprise instant messaging solutions could be used internally only. Now our offering allows customers to extend secure instant messaging services beyond their corporate borders to customers, partners and suppliers."

The iPlanet Portal Server is part of Sun ONE. The addition of the Instant Collaboration Pack and its extensive features, including instant messaging, polling, chat rooms, alerts, and the ability to create work groups and share files and URLs in a completely secure environment, represents a natural extension of the portal platform to deliver services on demand in real-time. The product leverages the community management, single sign-on, and secure remote access capabilities of the iPlanet Portal Server, enabling users to be easily identified and authenticated. As a result, users will have seamless access to securely instant message using the underlying "VPN on demand" capability of the iPlanet Portal Server: Secure Remote Access Pack for remote and mobile users.

Sun and AOL

Sun and AOL will perform interoperability testing between the iPlanet Portal Server: Instant Collaboration Pack and AOL Instant Messenger (AIM). This interoperability will ensure that the two instant messaging products can access one another using a single messaging client. These efforts will ultimately allow enterprise customers and service providers to easily incorporate multi-client messaging offerings.

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