Sun offers free licence upgrade for Java access software

Johannesburg, 02 Nov 2004
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Sun Microsystems has announced an updated plan that enables companies to migrate to Sun Java System Access Manager at no cost. Access Manager is designed to help organisations manage secure access to both internal and external Web-based resources, with single Web sign-on, Web access control and federation services.

"Java System Access Manager is a security foundation that manages secure access to enterprises' Web applications both within the enterprise and across business-to-business (B2B) value chains," says Sean O'Hare, Java systems engineer at Sun Microsystems SA.

He says it provides open, standards-based authentication and policy-based authorisation with a single, unified framework, securing the delivery of essential identity and application information and scaling with growing business needs. It offers single sign-on (SSO) as well as enabling federation across trusted networks of partners, suppliers and customers.

Beginning immediately, companies seeking to take advantage of the upgrade offer will be able to deploy Access Manager for a no-cost product licence.

"The primary component of this solution is a new tool that automates migration from Netegrity SiteMinder to Sun Java System Access Manager, helping to simplify the migration effort for technologists," says O'Hare, adding that future releases of the tool will target support for IBM Tivoli Access Manager and Oblix COREid migration.

According to O'Hare, open standards-based access control, single sign-on and federation services are critical components to control costs and minimise the security risks of conducting business more openly on the Internet.

"With this new offer, we are giving companies an easy and cost-free path to adopt the Sun Java System Access Manager. We are confident that any comparison of the proven track record of Access Manager along with Sun's active participation in driving and supporting industry standards will highlight the benefit of this unique opportunity," he says.

Identity management is a fast-moving market; O'Hare believes companies should seek a partner that can provide a complete identity management product set.

"With Access Manager, Sun leads the industry in the support of the latest federation standards, including both Liberty Phase 2 and SAML 1.1 specifications," he says.

For more information on this upgrade programme, please send an e-mail to

Additional background on Sun Java System Access Manager can be found at

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