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From Brian Behlendorf <>
Subject Fwd: Sun adds lightning-fast software for integrated Web-based business compu... [] (fwd)
Date Mon, 21 Apr 1997 17:12:18 GMT

Just got back from a week in Amsterdam, and am forwarding this cuz Chuck's
"from" address was unknown before.  Sorry about the delay.


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>From  Tue Apr 15 10:45:04 1997
Subject: Fwd: Sun adds lightning-fast software for integrated Web-based
	 business compu...

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Date: 97-04-15 11:49:38 EDT

      MENLO PARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 15, 1997--Sun
Microsystems Inc. (NASDAQ:SUNW) today introduced new security and
Web server software that companies must have to safely and reliably
conduct business -- whether internally, with business partners,
suppliers, and/or customers -- over Java-enabled, Web-based network
computing systems.
          Sun's five new products, complementing the company's existing
line of software for Web-based network computing, include the release
of Sun WebServer software, which industry-standard benchmark tests
show to deliver the industry's highest Web server performance by a
significant margin.  Sun also announced advanced security software
solutions that lock out intruders, protect confidential information
from escaping, control network access and protect desktops and
          SunSoft President Janpieter Scheerder said the new software is
key to transitioning companies from local-and-wide area network
computing, to Web-based global network computing.  It is also central
to establishing the 21st century equivalent to today's dial tone --
called the WebTone -- that will be used for buying and selling goods
and services over corporate intranets and the public Internet.
Citing data from U.S. Computers Magazine (January 1996), Scheerder
also pointed out the bottom-line value of creating virtual private
Web-based networks over the Internet.
          "Virtual private networks can lower total cost of ownership by up
to 50% over an equivalent network using leased lines or value-added
networks.  But companies can not and will not move to a Web-based
computing model unless it is as dependable and expandable as phone
systems are today, and can truly ensure confidentiality.  That's what
our new Web server and network security software is all about.  We're
giving our customers the reliability and safety they need to use the
Web for Java-enabled business-to-business commerce -- and providing
it via the fastest technology available on the market."

Heart Of The WebTone
          The new Sun WebServer software boasts the industry's fastest Web
server performance by a significant margin, on both SPARC and Intel
platforms running the Solaris operating environment.  SPECweb96
benchmark tests show a Sun WebServer site running on a SunUltra
Enterprise 3000 hardware server will process more than 2,500 user
transactions per second.  Tests submitted to SPEC (Standard
Performance Evaluation Corporation) of Sun WebServer software on an
Intel PentiumPro system deliver the industry-leading benchmark of 620
transactions per second for a typically configured Intel Web server
using standard networking.  Additionally, the new Sun WebServer
delivers the industry's greatest scalability, security, Web-based
administration, interoperability and standards compliance.
          Leveraging the proven enterprise performance of the Solaris
operating environment, the new Sun WebServer software is designed for
corporations, government and educational institutions, as well as
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who need to deploy servers that are
able to handle large numbers of simultaneous users conducting
          A Sun WebServer site deployed on the Solaris environment can
enhance a Windows NT server by delivering much-needed performance,
capacity and reliability with an easy-to-use, intuitive interface
that will not alienate network administrators and clients using
          Sun WebServer software installs in minutes and features a
one-step routine for automatically converting free "share-ware" Web
sites, such as those hosted by Apache and NCSA.  Customers who
migrate to Sun WebServer's high performance also can take advantage
of Sun's rich service and support offerings, which help companies
keep their WebTone up and running round the clock.
          Sun WebServer allows organizations to integrate Java client and
server software with client/server and legacy environments, reducing
development and maintenance costs of advanced Internet and intranet
applications and services.

Sun's Network Security Solutions
          For aggressive use of networks as communication and trading
channels, Sun announced several security products, including new
firewall software recently rated as fastest on the market by Data
Communications magazine.  SunScreen EFS and SunScreen SPF software
were introduced as Sun's strategic offering for providing firewall
capability and for setting secure virtual private networks over the
Internet.  Also announced were SunScreen SKIP products that
complement SunScreen EFS and SunScreen SPF by extending the secure
virtual private network to the individual PC or Solaris client.  And,
Sun's Security Manager software offers the capability to set up and
manage secure Single Sign-On connections from PCs to heterogeneous
servers and applications.
          SunScreen SPF-200 security software is the premier perimeter
defense to protect against Internet attack and to ensure all traffic
entering or leaving a company follows security policy.  The SunScreen
SPF product uses "stealth design," meaning it works transparently on
the network and minimizes any attack.  SunScreen SPF also has
high-speed SKIP encryption, allowing companies to set up numerous
virtual private networks over the Internet between customers,
suppliers and remote or mobile employees.
          SunScreen EFS 1.1 security software is intended for managing
widespread "compartments"  of multiple screens deployed throughout
various sites and departments.  Whether an organization deploys only
a few or as many as a hundred SunScreen EFS screens, they all can be
managed remotely and by the same administrator.  Like SunScreen SPF,
SunScreen EFS has built-in high-speed SKIP encryption protection.
The combination of SunScreen EFS for managing compartments and
SunScreen SPF for perimeter defense offers a powerful security
strategy.  Both products were recently rated as the fastest firewall
on the market by Data Communications magazine (
           For remote users or customers, companies can also deploy
SunScreen SKIP clients that communicate over an encrypted channel to
SunScreen EFS or SunScreen SPF.  In addition, customers can use
Security Manager products for tighter controls such as Single Sign-On
to certain servers or applications.
           Sun also announced that it is the first company to ship a
standards-based, application-transparent desktop security solution
for connecting remote PCs to the corporate intranet.  Through
network-layer encryption, SunScreen SKIP for Windows 95 enables
companies to securely connect remote PCs, vendors, partners,
employees and customers to the corporate intranet.  SunScreen SKIP
for Windows 95 offers encryption of services and applications
(without application modification), to seamlessly link users via
secure virtual private networks.  All traffic including email, file
transfer, Web traffic, database connections and Electronic Data
Interchange (EDI) can be secured over the Internet.  SunScreen SKIP
software is also available on the Solaris platform.
           The Sun Security Manager product line is based on expandable
client/server architecture that provides a secure, Single Sign-On for
platforms ranging from desktops to servers, including applications
for large heterogeneous environments.  Security Manager products
easily expand from small to large network environments with tens of
thousands of users.  Enterprises can centrally administer strong
network and host security for a complete range of computing devices.
End users benefit from the simplicity and convenience of
consolidating multiple log-in procedures to one secure, Single
Sign-On, which enables access to all authorized systems and
applications.  In addition to Security Manager for workgroup servers,
the product line now includes Security Manager for desktops and
applications as well as for intranets.

Pricing and Availability
          The new Sun WebServer software is available now to select sites
free of charge, and will be available to the general public in June.
SunScreen SPF 200 software will be available within the next 90 days,
with prices ranging from $1,500 for 25 users, up to $15,000 for
unlimited users.  SunScreen EFS 2.0 software will also be available
within the next 90 days, with prices ranging from $1,500 to $15,000.
An unlimited corporate site license for SunScreen EFS is $250,000.
Security Manager products will be available within the next 90 days,
priced from $2,600 for a 10 user system to $750,000 for 10,000 users.
Sunscreen SKIP software for Windows 95 has been available since March
in the US and is priced at $99 per copy.  SunScreen SKIP for Solaris
will be available as of April 25 at $99 per copy.

Sun Microsystems, Inc.
          Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision, "The Network Is
The Computer," has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SUNW),
to its position as a leading provider of hardware, software and
services for establishing enterprise-wide intranets and expanding the
power of the Internet.  With more than $7 billion in annual revenues,
Sun can be found in more than 150 countries and on the WorldWide Web
at .
      NOTE TO EDITORS: Sun, the Sun logo, Sun Microsystems, SunSoft,
The Network Is the Computer, Java, Solaris, Sun WebServer, SunScreen
EFS, SunScreen, Ultra Enterprise and Security Manager are trademarks
or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United
States and other countries.  All SPARC trademarks are used under
license or registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the
United States and other countries.  Products bearing SPARC trademarks
are based upon an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.
          --30--jm/sf*  gdr/sf
      Sun Microsystems, Inc.
      Donna Loughlin, 415/786-4351
      GCI San Francisco
      Catherine Litzow, 415/974-7213

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