Sun maps out Web services strategy

Sun Microsystems Inc. Monday unveiled Sun Open Net Environment, its Web services answer to rival Microsoft Corp.'s .Net strategy.

Sun Microsystems Inc. Monday unveiled Sun Open Net Environment, its Web services answer to rival Microsoft Corp.'s .Net strategy.

Sun ONE comprises several layers, including the Solaris operating system, Forte application development tools, iPlanet servers, and so-called Smart Web services, which include the Sun ONE Webtop announced at the launch.

Webtop, according to Sun, allows developers to deliver, via a browser, applications that users can write to as they would a desktop application. So, a spreadsheet could be accessed and worked on using a browser on a PC, cell phone or PDA, and the version would be stored on the server rather than locally.

Also making its debut at the San Francisco event was Trustbase Transaction Manager, an identity verification software that works with the certificate authority Identrus. The first release of iPlanet Market Maker, as expected, was also rolled out.

Later this quarter the company plans to deliver an enterprise instant messaging platform that will include security, authority levels and the ability to embed documents, according to Marge Breya, chief marketing officer at iPlanet, the Sun-America Online alliance.

In addition, Sun said it will add support for UDDI, SOAP, and ebXML during the next two years.