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					Sun and Microsoft Interoperability
How Sun Products Work Well With Microsoft Products — Today

Sun offers a variety of ways to enable you to interoperate with Microsoft products: • Run Microsoft Windows on Sun workstations and servers • Give users secure access to Microsoft applications with Sun Ray™ ultra-thin clients • Use Microsoft Outlook clients with low-cost-per-mailbox Sun communications and collaboration products • Run the Microsoft Office-compatible StarOffice™ office suite on Solaris™, Linux, and Microsoft Windows platforms • Deploy heterogeneous, open standards-based Web services • Automatically provision and synchronize user identity across platforms


A long history of interoperability
On April 2, 2004, Sun Microsystems and Microsoft surprised the world by setting aside their adversarial positioning and establishing a new relationship based on cooperative

competition. The two companies signed a broad-reaching, 10-year intellectual property (IP) licensing and technology collaboration agreement. With both Sun and Microsoft as full and equal partners, the two companies embarked on a variety of projects designed to vastly improve interoperability. One year later, on May 13, 2005, the two companies have reaffirmed their commitment to joint collaboration, and have demonstrated this through a number of significant announcements that are direct results of the developing relationship. The companies have provided a specification that enables Web single sign-on and authentication across Microsoft Active Directory and Sun’s identity products. They have reiterated their commitment to the jointly authored WS-Management protocol, which, when fully implemented, will enable full system management across Sun’s Solaris™ and Microsoft Windows environments. Sun also licensed Microsoft’s Remote Display Protocol (RDP) for What many customers new to Sun may not know is that Sun and Microsoft products have worked well together for years. Sun customers can populate their data centers and their desktops with products from both companies and have them interoperate — today. the Sun Ray™ ultra-thin client, which ultimately will seamlessly enable mobility with security for Microsoft Windows users on Sun Ray clients. And finally, Sun and Microsoft have announced continuing efforts toward certifying and optimizing Microsoft Windows performance on Sun’s AMD Opteron™ processor-powered workstations, servers, and storage technologies.

2 Data Sheet Sun and Microsoft Interoperability

From the very beginning, Sun has designed its products to operate in heterogeneous environments. Sun’s very first workstation, shipped in 1982, was built with open standards-based TCP/IP networking so that it could communicate with other networked computers. Today, open standards-based interoperability includes running Microsoft Windows operating systems on Sun’s AMD Opteron processor-powered servers, creating highly secure networks using Kerberos, and using Sun’s communications and collaboration products with Microsoft Outlook clients. Sun products also interoperate by implementing similar functions. With the StarOffice™ office suite, Sun delivers a set of features remarkably similar to those found in the Microsoft Office suite, plus Sun has made it easy to exchange files with Office users. Sun supports open source efforts to provide file, print, and authentication services on reliable, scalable Sun server platforms. What interoperability means to Sun customers today is the freedom to build heterogeneous networks and to choose best-of-breed hardware and software solutions for their IT environments. Interoperability also means investment protection and reduced risk because Sun customers can purchase one set of data center-ready servers and storage, deploy them with the Solaris Operating System, Linux, or Microsoft Windows (“Windows”), and redeploy the same hardware with a different operating system choice the moment their needs change.

One platform, multiple operating systems
Did you know that you can use one server platform to support your Solaris, Windows, and Linux applications? Sun is a “one-stop shop” for customers who need to run multiple operating systems. With the option to run Solaris, Windows, or Linux software on Sun x64-architecture servers and workstations, customers can use one vendor to meet a wide range of requirements. With certified support for multiple operating systems across the range of AMD Opteron processorpowered Sun Fire™ servers, customers have the flexibility and agility to deploy their choice of operating system without having to change system platforms as their requirements change. This helps reduce the cost and complexity required to support and manage multiple vendors, helping increase return on investment while reducing risk. Sun’s AMD Opteron processor-based servers and workstations, as well as most of Sun’s storage products, have passed Microsoft’s stringent compatibility testing suite and are listed in the Windows Catalog. These Sun systems have earned the “Designed for Windows” certification, demonstrating Sun’s commitment to meeting the needs of diverse enterprises. In addition to Windows certifications, Sun customers have easy online access to download Windows drivers for certified Sun products. Sun is covered by a Microsoft Premier Support Services Agreement, which provides both companies with direct access to engineering support and designates dedicated full-time staff at Microsoft to work exclusively with Sun.

Storage for heterogeneous environments
Did you know that you can use Sun storage products to support your key platforms — and that they are optimized to run Microsoft applications even better? Sun delivers a comprehensive set of storage products and services that are tested and certified to work together to meet customer requirements in heterogeneous environments. Sun’s storage portfolio includes best-in-class arrays, heterogeneous storage management software, and industry-leading innovation in mid-range products. Sun storage solutions give customers the tools they need to manage, protect, access, and store their data — from creation to deletion. Sun StorEdge™ software products support heterogeneous environments for managing data at work, data in motion, and data at rest. Sun storage solutions are built through a network of best-in-class partners to operate in multivendor environments using open standards including Fibre Channel, NFS, CIFS, and iSCSI. Sun storage products can flexibly support multiple operating systems, including the Solaris OS, Linux, IBM AIX, and Windows, on the same enterprise-class systems — helping to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and improve reliability. For years, Sun has delivered Windows Catalogcertified storage systems and storage management software. New storage certifications improve support for clustering, and will continue to help optimize performance of Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft SQL Server.

3 Data Sheet Sun and Microsoft Interoperability

• Multipath Input/Output (MPIO) helps customers achieve increased system availability levels and performance through load balancing and interoperability with thirdparty storage devices. • Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), a new standard for snapshots, coordinates multivendor data copy management. This technology is key for effective backup and restore of Microsoft Exchange Server. • Virtual Disk Service (VDS) provides standardized disk management, giving system and storage administrators a single user interface from which to provision and manage storage resources in a multivendor environment.

Universal access to heterogeneous systems
Did you know that you can centralize your computing resources and give users access to Windows applications through zero-administration Sun Ray ultra-thin clients? One way that Sun and its customers have been able to significantly change their cost equation is by centralizing their computing resources with secure, low cost-per-seat, zero-administration, field-replaceable Sun Ray ultra-thin clients. These products leverage the economies of centrally managed, shared server resources while providing access to enterprise-critical applications. Sun customers have deployed Sun Ray products across a broad range of market segments, including healthcare, secure government, education, and electronic design automation. Sun Ray ultra-thin clients help customers achieve similar benefits in Windows environments. With Sun servers acting as communication multiplexors, users can access Windows applications through protocols such as: • Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) • Citrix Independent Computing Architecture (ICA) • Tarantella Secure Global Desktop The Solaris OS interoperates with Windows environments through its support of open standard network protocols, including TCP/IP, Secure IP (IPSec), and Kerberos. With open source Samba software included with every copy of the Solaris OS, IT organizations can deploy scalable, data center-quality servers and storage to support their Windows clients’ file, print, and authentication needs. In addition, users can also access X Window System applications, IBM AS/400 systems, and connect to IBM mainframe environments with 3270/5250 emulation. The Sun Ray server can act as both a file server and client in Windows environments so that users can access all of their files, whether stored on Sun or Windows servers. The Sun Java™ Enterprise System provides the core services needed to support a company’s operations and its business-critical applications. It is an integrated software system, with messaging, instant messaging, calendaring, directory, identity, portal, clustering, Web, and application server components. The Java Enterprise System is preintegrated, pretested, and is shipped as a single system with a regular release schedule. The single system virtually eliminates versioning problems and inconsistencies typical when combining point products from multiple vendors. Best of all, it incorporates a revolutionary business model. The entire software system can be licensed for unlimited use within an organization for a single low price.

Messaging interoperability
Did you know that you can use Sun’s open standards-based communications and collaboration products — while still using your familiar Outlook client software?

File, print, and authentication with the Solaris OS
Did you know that you can set up central file, print, and authentication services on Sun servers running the rock-solid Solaris Operating System?

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When companies use the combination of the Java System Messaging Server, Java System

Sun’s StarOffice software development group strives to constantly improve interoperability, helping to facilitate migrating from Microsoft Office to StarOffice software. StarOffice software interoperates at the feature level by providing functions similar to the most commonly used Office functions, helping to reduce retraining costs. StarOffice software interoperates with Microsoft Office files by importing and exporting files, including the ability to read and write password-protected Microsoft Word and Excel files. The StarOffice software file format is an open, XML-compliant format that is in the process of standardization by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), a global consortium driving the development, convergence, and adoption of e-business standards. The European Union has endorsed this file format.

“Sun and Microsoft are working together — and quite well at that. A year ago, the skeptics doubted that we could agree on the shape of the table, much less collaborate on solving some of the industry’s toughest problems. Surprise, we did just that, and on May 13, 2005, we took a huge step forward; single sign-on experience between the Solaris Operating System, Sun Java Enterprise System, and Microsoft Windows Server has been customers’ top request. And this is just the beginning of a long list of projects we’re working on.”
Scott McNealy
Chairman and CEO, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Calendar Server, and Java System Connector for Microsoft Outlook as alternatives to Exchange Server, they can tap into Sun’s UltraSPARC® processor-based servers, which can scale far beyond the limits of today’s PC servers. Greater scalability means fewer individual servers and licenses to manage, low cost per mailbox, high reliability, and interoperability with other open standards-based messaging servers. In environments that include Linux desktop workstations, Novell Evolution, an integrated part of the Java Desktop System, acts as the central point of control for all of a user’s communication needs. Its functionality is designed to be similar to Outlook, helping to minimize training and migration costs.

StarOffice office productivity software
Did you know that you can use one low-cost, full-featured, interoperable, alternative office suite on Solaris, Windows, and Linux platforms? Sun’s StarOffice software comes with five core applications: StarOffice Writer for word processing, Calc for spreadsheets, Impress for presentations, Draw for drawing, and Base for database functions. Its open source counterpart,, has been downloaded more than 39 million times for use on platforms including Solaris, Windows, Linux, and Apple Mac OS X. StarOffice and software have delivered a new level of interoperability with Microsoft Office, with low-cost commercial and free open source options.

Open standards-based Web services
Did you know that you can develop Web services on the platform of your choice, and that they can interoperate in heterogeneous environments — today? Sun has a long history of developing and promoting open standards and then competing in the marketplace to provide the best implementation. Nowhere is this philosophy more evident than in its quest to develop open standards for Web services. In this marketplace, Web services can be interoperable from the very beginning — offering Sun and Microsoft customers investment protection and greater choice.

5 Data Sheet Sun and Microsoft Interoperability

Both Sun and Microsoft offer high-quality products to support their customers’ Web services development. Sun supports Web services standards through its Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE™) software, while Microsoft supports Web services through its .NET program. With many companies deploying both environments, open standards-based interoperability is key. Sun supports a high degree of Web services interoperability through the J2EE platform version 1.4. This platform provides a programming model for portable Web services applications and delivers support for the Web Services Interoperability (WS-I) Basic Profile. The WS-I specification increases interoperability of different products through the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), Web Services Description Language (WSDL), and Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) specifications. Sun has worked with Microsoft and others to develop and deliver WS-I testing tools to further increase interoperability. Sun actively participates with Microsoft in other forums, including the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), where Web services protocols like WS-Addressing are being developed.

languages typically use the Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) API or a driver supporting the JDBC™ API, making it easy to use high-capacity database servers from Sun. • Sun servers are built for scalability, with Sun UltraSPARC processor-based servers capable of growing to meet the most intensive data-base performance requirements. Customers choosing Sun have their choice of industry-leading database management systems such as those from Oracle and Sybase, or they can use open source database software such as MySQL. • Customers continuing to use SQL Server can get a performance boost by hosting it on Sun’s AMD Opteron processor-based servers and Windows Catalog-listed storage systems — both designed to run SQL Server even better. With scalable database server and storage technology from Sun, customers can consolidate multiple databases onto a single server. This helps reduce costs through greater utilization, fewer systems to manage, and fewer software license fees.

Java System Identity Manager can help automate the process of creating and deleting user accounts when employees are hired and terminated. These can be risky operations because of the dozens of accounts that a single employee might have — and the fact that a single error can put enterprise-critical data at risk. Java System Identity Manager can help reduce risk by automatically performing role-based user provisioning, password management, and identity synchronization across Solaris, Linux, Windows, VMS, and mainframe environments. Once user accounts are provisioned, Java System Identity Manager synchronizes password changes across all systems. Fewer passwords to remember means less risk of employees having to write them down where others might see them — and automatic password synchronization helps lower the cost of password changes. Java System Access Manager helps secure access to Web applications within the enterprise and across business-to-business value chains. It provides open standards-based authentication and policy-based authorization with a single unified framework. Through its support of the Liberty Alliance Phase 2 protocols, it can support Web-based single sign-on across a wide range of Web applications, including those hosted on Web and application servers from Sun, Microsoft, BEA, and IBM as well as open source products including Apache and Tomcat.

Enterprise-wide identity cooperation
Did you know that you can use Sun products to manage and synchronize user identity across Solaris, Linux, Windows, VMS, and mainframe environments? For years, Sun has provided user identity interoperability between Solaris, UNIX®, Linux, and Active Directory environments. Java System Access Manager, Java System Identity Manager, and Java System Directory Server provide open standards-based identity management features that can help unify even the most challenging heterogeneous environments.

High-capacity database servers
Did you know that you can roll in best-of-breed database server products to support your Windows applications? When applications are built to leverage open standards like the Structured Query Language (SQL), customers benefit from a range of database server choices available to support their applications. Windows applications written using Java technology or the C/C++ programming

6 Data Sheet Sun and Microsoft Interoperability

The best of Sun
Sun’s interoperability with Microsoft products means that customers can integrate the best of Sun products to add value to their heterogeneous computing environments today: • Organizations gain the utmost in flexibility and investment protection when they choose Sun’s Windows-certified servers and storage systems because they can use the same platforms to support multiple operating systems. • Customers can scale both vertically and horizontally with Sun servers. Sun’s UltraSPARC processor-based servers can scale far beyond the four- to eight-way servers typically found in Windows or Linux environments. Sun customers can roll in high-capacity database servers that can grow with the speed of business. They can host multiple applications per server, helping to increase efficiencies and utilization levels while also helping to minimize administration costs. • Companies can leverage the efficiencies of shared centralized servers and management while putting the power of Sun and Windows servers on every employee’s desk with Sun Ray ultra-thin clients. When companies require full-featured desktops, Sun’s Windows-certified Sun Java Workstation W2100z supports all three operating system choices. • Users can enjoy best-of-breed software products from the data center to the desktop, with products ranging from Java Enterprise System to StarOffice software.

Sun has a long history of building products to interoperate in heterogeneous environments, a strategy that helps customers increase flexibility and agility, reduce costs, and protect their investments. Whether interoperating through open standards-based interfaces or carefully-engineered features and file formats, customers can leverage the best products from Sun and the best from Microsoft — today. Learn More Get the inside story on the trends and technologies shaping the future of computing by signing up for the Sun Inner Circle program. You’ll receive a monthly newsletter packed with information, plus access to a wealth of resources. Register today at

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