Sun's Java middleware to support Windows, HP-UX

But it won't offer support for IBM's AIX

Sun Microsystems Inc. made a flurry of announcements centered on its Solaris 10 operating system today, including the release of a new version of its Java Enterprise System (Java ES) subscription-based enterprise middleware, which will now support additional non-Sun operating systems.

The company's latest release of Java ES, Version 4, now supports Solaris 10, Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 2000, Red Hat Inc.'s Enterprise Linux and Hewlett-Packard Co.'s HP-UX operating systems, according to a Sun statement. Support for Microsoft's Windows 2003 is due to be added during the next 90 days, Sun said. But support for IBM's AIX version of the Unix operating system, which Sun has claimed is "dying," isn't being offered.

Sun said it has integrated Java ES 4 and its suite of developer tools within Solaris 10 to create a pretested, preconfigured offering. Java ES is also available as individual suites known collectively as Java System Suites. The suites include Java Availability Suite, Java Identity Management Suite, Java Web Infrastructure Suite, Java Application Platform Suite and Java Communications Suite. Sun also recently added Java Integration Suite, formerly the SeeBeyond ICAN Suite. Sun acquired SeeBeyond Technology Corp. earlier this year.

Sun said it has nearly 1 million subscribers for Java ES, which is priced at $140 per employee per year.

The company has distributed more than 3 million registered licenses for Solaris 10 since it was launched Jan. 31, and users continue to download the open-source version of the operating system for free from Sun's Web site at a rate of around 80,000 licenses per week, according to a release.

Sun also announced that it has submitted Solaris 10 for Common Criteria testing for certification at Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 4+, which, if achieved, would rank the software as one of the most secure commercial operating systems in the world.

Accepted by more than 22 countries as a requirement for using technology in sensitive environments, an EAL is an agreed-upon standard for independent certification of an IT vendor's security claims for its products. Government, military and financial institutions looking to deploy a highly secure operating system use the Common Criteria certifications as a key item on their checklists.

Solaris 10 includes more than 80% of the functionality of Trusted Solaris, Sun's secure flavor of its operating system, according to a company statement. Sun previously obtained EAL certification for Solaris 8 and 9, and with its Solaris Trusted Extensions layered technology, Sun plans to bring multilevel security to Solaris 10 by the first half of next year.

The company said it expects to have EAL 4+ certification for the operating system some time in 2006.

In addition, Sun announced that Computer Associates International Inc. has extended its support for Solaris 10 with plans to port its Unicenter systems management software and its BrightStor storage software to Sun's software for 64-bit x86 computers. CA plans to build a management platform for Sun's UltraSparc and Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s Opteron processor-based systems running Solaris 10 based on both Unicenter and BrightStor. Sun and CA have already collaborated to integrate Sun's systems management software, Sun Management Center, with Unicenter Network Systems and Management so that Unicenter users can manage Sun servers in heterogenous environments.

Sun also talked up its Sun Studio 11 compiler and performance-analysis tools, which are optimized for Solaris 10 and are due to ship next month. Built on Sun's NetBeans platform, the software will enable users to take advantage of performance improvements provided by compiler optimizations when developing 32- and 64-bit applications based on UltraSparc and Opteron chips, Sun said.

Sun also promised to provide more details about the upcoming release of Java Studio Enterprise 8 within 30 days.

Copyright © 2005 IDG Communications, Inc.

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