Sun pushes scalable messaging for the enterprise

Sun Microsystems on Tuesday introduced updated versions of its iPlanet Messaging and Calendar Servers, emphasizing scalability and performance improvements for enterprise customers.

New features in the iPlanet Messaging Server 5.2 include a Webmail proxy for increased scalability, support for SMS (short message service), a rich text editing capability, and a Webmail spellchecker.

Enhancements to the iPlanet Calendar Server 5.1 include Sun Cluster support for high availability, new XML support designed to ease integration with other applications, increased security and privacy features, and improved connectivity options.

Various methods of collaboration, including e-mail, voice, instant messaging, and peer-to-peer, are converging within the portal framework, driving the need for service provider-level scalability in the enterprise, according to John Fanelli, director of marketing at Sun, in Palo Alto, Calif. Sun is looking to extend its carrier-grade platforms deeper into the corporate space.

"Enterprises are looking for the same capabilities that service providers look for," he said. "As we see the convergence of portals and communications, we are seeing the need for an enterprise to have service provider-class capabilities."

Corporate workers are trying to drive their communications and calendaring activities in closer with business activities, which is part and parcel with a portal and the directory, according to Dana Gardner, research director at Aberdeen Group Inc., in Boston.

"The more applications you can bring in and the more coordination and context you can bring from the directory and ID management, the more comprehensive your portal becomes. I don't think you can call a portal complete without communications, and I think iPlanet recognizes that," he said.

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