The Sun ONE (Open Net Environment) Collaborative Business Platform will compete head-to-head with collaboration offerings from IBM and Microsoft, analysts said.
However, Sun ONE Communication Products Group Manager Patrick Dorsey believes that the company has a leg up in terms of scalability and a strong customer base for its existing collaboration offerings.
The new platform includes the company's Sun ONE Messaging Server, Sun ONE Calendar Server, Sun ONE Instant Messaging, Sun ONE Portal Server and Sun ONE Identity Server products.
Because of the inclusion of the portal and identity management offerings, the Collaborative Business Platform offers access to the disparate content and services through a secure portal, with single sign-on and policy control.
Additionally, the platform scales to millions of users, Dorsey said.
"The top line benefit is that the Sun ONE platform allows enterprises to expand and extend collaboration services out to a wide community of users," Dorsey said.
Companies can extend the services not just in-house but to remote workers, customers and business partners, the
Dana Gardner, senior analyst with The Yankee Group in
Additionally, the Sun platform allows companies to put all their collaboration capabilities on a single server or small number of servers,
However, he noted that "all three of these vendors are headed in the same direction -- to allow collaboration components to work within business applications with one framework."
The new Sun platform also highlights IM and presence capabilities, which is the ability to tell when a user is online and available, which are the key features of IBM Lotus Sametime and Microsoft's
Sun ONE Collaborative Business Platform features enhanced messaging capabilities from the company's new Sun ONE Instant Messaging 6.0 software, which is also due to be rolled out Monday. The IM technology offers encrypted sessions and the ability for companies to integrate third-party virus and spam protection software.
Building on the IM capabilities, the platform also offers real-time alerts, polling, news, conferences and file transfers. The calendar and scheduling services allow users to be notified of a specific event via pop-up alerts.
Mobile access is available either through Sun's Mobile Access Pack with the Sun ONE Portal Server, Dorsey said, or through products provided by Sun partner NTT Data.
To aid deployment, the Sun is offering consulting services from itself or its partners. The consulting services are being offered as fixed-price packages.
The Sun ONE Collaborative Business Platform will be available worldwide Monday, Dorsey said. Price varies according to the size and extent of the deployment.