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Sun OpenSSO Delivers Rapid Federation For Google Apps Premier Edition Customers

Sun OpenSSO Express release provides federated single sign-on for organizations that use Google Apps Premier Edition as their collaboration and messaging service
SANTA CLARA, CALIF. -- April 22, 2009 -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) today announced the availability of a new Sun OpenSSO Express release, which provides rapid, federated single sign-on for organizations that use Google Apps Premier Edition as their collaboration and messaging service. The OpenSSO solution enables employees to use their enterprise logins to access Google Apps, providing increased security, accelerated user adoption, and improved administration benefits. For more information visit: http://wiki.opensso.org.

Sun is the only open source access management vendor to provide out-of-the-box federation support for Google Apps. Google Apps Premier Edition is Google's Software as a Service (SaaS) solution for business messaging, collaboration, and security. It includes Gmail, with integrated voice and video chat, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sites, and Google Video for business. Sun OpenSSO, is the world's largest open source, identity management project providing highly scalable, high-performance capabilities for SSO, access management, federation and Web services security. Sun's OpenSSO can be configured within minutes to provide rapid, federated single sign-on for Google Apps Premier Edition customers.

"SaaS offerings such as Google Apps are requiring organizations to think about how to extend their traditional identity management infrastructure to protect SaaS applications hosted in the cloud," said Daniel Raskin, Chief Identity Strategist at Sun Microsystems. "Our customers want to easily onboard internal resources, partner resources, and SaaS resource in a repeatable, scalable manner using their centralized identity and access management infrastructure. OpenSSO's new federation capabilities for Google Apps provides a new level of innovation by focusing on simplicity and providing a three step process to quickly federate with the Google Apps service."

OpenSSO paired with Google Apps allows organizations to use best of breed SaaS services in a highly secure manner to provide more service and value to their customers and employees. Through the powerful federation capabilities of OpenSSO, no data is provisioned to Google and user credentials are not passed across the wire. The combination of OpenSSO and Google Apps make it very simple for employees to easily and securely access their collaboration and messaging tools from anywhere in the world.

Sun's Identity Starter Kits provide simple step-by-step guides and teaching tools to help solve everyday identity problems with Sun's Identity Management Suite. The Sun Identity Starter Kit for Google Apps is the first of many starter kits that Sun will be making available over the next few months. To begin using the Sun Identity Starter Kit for Google Apps download OpenSSO Express Build 7 at http://www.opensso.org and the Sun Identity Starter Kit for Google Apps at http://developers.sun.com/identity/reference/starterkits/index.jsp.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc. Sun Microsystems develops the technologies that power the global marketplace. Guided by a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer(TM)" -- Sun drives network participation through shared innovation, community development and open source leadership. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com.

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