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Sun Microsystems' New Open Desktop Client Ushers in New Era for Secure, Desktop Economics

Sun Microsystems' New Open Desktop Client Ushers in New Era for Secure, Desktop Economics

Sun Microsystems, Inc. has introduced a new client solution eliminating the expense of traditional desktops while bolstering security and authentication. "We've been advocating the move to browser-based applications for the past six years - we believe our customers are now ready to take that next step," said Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president of Software, Sun Microsystems. "Combining world-class Java Card authentication with an open source desktop software stack and off-the-shelf hardware, we can deliver military-grade security with profound savings in acquisition and operational costs. The power, security, and economics customers have long enjoyed through Sun's end-to-end architecture are finally coming to the PC desktop. We are disrupting traditional computing economics to benefit our customers while completing our client product line."

Sun plans to extend its reach in the enterprise by initially focusing the new initiative on users in cost and security-sensitive areas such as call-centers, retail banks, and classrooms where personal computers and their applications are generally underutilized, insecure, and costly to administer. In these instances, a client is a computing device on which users handle basic tasks such as word processing and e-mail, as well as entering reservations or order entry. The new client desktop includes hardware, Java Card technology (the ability to authenticate access using a Java Card), a complete, open desktop software environment, as well as a server for identity, portal, and messaging capabilities. This approach breaks new ground in the client-side solution category and disrupts the high-cost economics of the traditional enterprise desktop. The benefits are significant, with savings in acquisition, maintenance, administration, and ongoing operational support. This is combined with superior security, the absence of viruses and their associated costs, and an alternative to purchasing expensive Microsoft software. Sun will integrate, support, and service the open source technologies that it assembles into the full solution. With the ability to use Java Card technology for access and authentication to the system, customers can enhance the security of the upcoming desktop solution. As an open and proven technology Java Card solutions are currently deployed worldwide in industries such as financial services, government, and telecommunications. The total system solution is expected to be available in 2003 with prototype systems available soon at Sun's worldwide iForce centers. "We want customers, ISVs, OEMs, and channel partners to have the conversation with us about how much they can save, and facilitate their migration to this much-needed alternative environment," said Schwartz. For further information please visit www.sun.com/sunone/innercircle

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