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Sun's vision of network computing is a day when a constant, seamless, global connection - the Webtone -- is accessible anywhere at any time from any device (from smartcards to supercomputers). To realize this vision, Sun provides the Webtone foundation, enabling customers to securely develop for, deploy across and manage global corporate networks.

Deploying and Maintaining the Webtone
The number of U.S. businesses on the Internet will grow from 40,000 to more than 300,000 by the end of this century. Internet use is skyrocketing, and the ability to deliver a ubiquitous Webtone is imperative to support this explosive growth. [Forrester Research]

Since the Web is always accessible, leveraging the Internet to build a corporate Intranet means that your partners, customers and employees will expect access to your network around the clock, just as they can pick up a phone and make a call at any time, night or day.

A twenty-four-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week (24 x 7) Webtone foundation is a powerful proposition, but what about maintenance? Updates and upgrades require that a system be shut down. What if a server goes down because of a power outage? Even a few minutes of network downtime can cost companies conducting business on the Web thousands of dollars in lost revenue and customer faith.

To avoid this, Sun has developed operating environment, Web server and clustering technologies to ensure uninterrupted access to applications and services on the Webtone.

Many businesses rely on the Sun Solaris operating environment for continuous Webtone. As computer applications become more complex and feature rich, traditional 32-bit operating systems are reaching technological limitations. Solaris provides a reliable, non-intrusive evolutionary path to 64-bit computing that preserves IT investments in existing 32-bit applications.

As companies conduct more of their business over the Webtone, network reliability becomes imperative. Clustering technology can help keep the Webtone up and running by connecting a group of servers to act as a single server. If one server in the cluster fails, software will reassign the workload without interruption to network users.

Development Tools For The Web
Web-based applications are designed to exploit the dynamic nature of content on the Web and allow companies to deliver the right information to the right people at the right time. These applications are media- and content-rich, tailored by the user and support communication and collaboration.

By leveraging our leadership position in technical development, Sun provides power tools for the professional, as well as incredibly intuitive products so that even non-programmers can develop rich applications for multiple platforms. Java, the most dramatic revolution for development tools this decade, is the first and only tool for the exploding commercial development market, estimated at 25 million developers. [Sun Microsystems, Inc.]

Sun WorkShop, a family of development tools supporting Java, C/C++ and Fortran, is widely used to develop Internet and Intranet, client/server and high-performance or compute-intensive applications.

Java Studio allows consumers to easily and quickly build sophisticated Web content using reusable software blocks called JavaBeans. Java Studio users visually connect JavaBeans components to build dynamic Java solutions.

Of course, Sun delivers the technical depth that traditional developers need to build robust applications for the Webtone. Java WorkShop is the first and only true multi-platform development tool that allows professional Java programmers to realize the full potential of Java solutions by enabling them to develop anywhere and deploy everywhere.

Sun Internet WorkShop is a powerful development environment for creating Java thin-client and C++ robust-server applications. Sun plans to deliver multi-platform native Java compilers, high performance virtual machines and a C++ server-to-Java client software bridge by the end of 1997. These tools will enable developers to continue to provide compelling content for the Webtone.

Managing the Webtone
Managing the complicated back-end of a 24 x 7 computing system while providing users with the information they want, when they want it and making it accessible anytime, from anywhere in the world is quite a feat.

Sun's network management tools allow businesses to bring together a variety of computing platforms and applications and present a front-end that is easy to use. In addition, they embrace, enhance and extend existing IT infrastructures and adapt easily to new technologies, thereby protecting IT investments and enabling a flexible growth path. Sun's network management products include:

  • Enterprise Manager
  • Sun Network Client
  • Sun Internet Mail Server
Securing the Webtone
Once everything and everyone is connected via the Web, security becomes critical. Because it is a public network, the Web is less expensive than private leased-line networks. Unfortunately, it is also more susceptible to would-be intruders.

Sun helps companies secure the Internet for global electronic commerce by offering a comprehensive set of modular, heterogeneous, scalable solutions that include encryption, authentication, access control, and firewall defense products. Sun's network security products include:

  • SunScreen EFS
  • SunScreen SPF
  • The Solstice Security Manager
  • SunScreen SKIP
Sun's software vision is to deliver the Webtone by providing network computing platforms, development and authoring tools and network management and security products that deliver a computing network without technologic, geographic or time barriers.

Sun software will continue to deliver products that securely manage, process, cache and route information and applications at the back-end while delivering simplicity at the front-end, allowing users to quickly access information they need.

We will do this so that our customers can focus where they need to - on using powerful information to run their businesses.

 

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