Friday Aug 21, 2009

Leading Health Insurer Solves Software Integration Problems with Sun SOA Solution

Medavie Blue Cross is a not-for profit company in eastern Canada that provides health, dental, travel, life and disability plans to more than 2,000,000 people. In 2007, Medavie Blue Cross knew its 20-year-old architecture was nearing the end of its life. The existing architecture contained many legacy technologies, which forced developers to create point-to-point interfaces to add new services, a labor-intensive process which meant the company could not rapidly adapt to change.
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Medavie Blue Cross decided to migrate its IT environment to a service-oriented architecture supported by an enterprise-service bus. Mediavie Blue Cross evaluated SOA and ESB solutions from IBM, Oracle, and Sun, ultimately choosing the Sun Solution which included Sun GlassFish ESB Enterprise Edition, along with Sun OpenSSO Enterprise to secure data. Built on open-source technologies, GlassFish ESB was extremely cost effective and came with support from Sun and the open-source community. The standards-based development environment – Java Platform EE5 – promoted flexibility, eliminated vendor lock-in and accelerated developer productivity.

In 2008, IT personnel designed a long-term architectural plan to deploy the ESB in 2009, to implement the enterprise-wide SOA by 2011, and to replace all legacy technologies by 2012. IT employees attended training sessions hosted by Sun Educational Services as developers began working on a pilot project in March 2008 to integrate claims-processing systems. In May 2009, the pilot project entered its final testing phase and is expected to go into production this summer.

Deploying GlassFish ESB and OpenSSO has given Medavie Blue Cross the secure and agile infrastructure it needs to rapidly integrate its technologies in a noninvasive way, regardless of components' age, vendor, or platform.

Darren Swansbur, Enterprise Architect at Medavie Blue Cross said “GlassFish ESB supports a large number of Web-services standards right out of the box. And because you can use Metro Web Services, GlassFish ESB provides a standards-based way of developing services so I can incorporate code from other vendors with a minimal amount of work.”

Check out the complete details, including a podcast, here.

Thursday Jul 16, 2009

French company reduces costs with Sun open-source solution

Symeos, a Web services security startup based in France, provides online identity management and federated authentication services to organizations in Western Europe and the United States. Symeos offers innovative single sign-on technologies for customers across multiple industries, helping to protect organizations against e-commerce online scams and identity thefts.
Sun Customer Symeos
As the demand for increased security and online identity management and authentication solutions continued to increase, Symeos created a new identity management product called EGO. Symeos quickly needed a completely new virtualized platform to support the more than 10 million expected users of EGO. The company turned to Sun to provide a high performance, low energy consumption solution that was open source, fast, scalable, and secure.

Symeos ordered 8 Sun Blade T6340 Server Modules with UltraSPARC T2 Plus processors and 12 Sun Blade X6250 Server Modules with Intel Xeon processors. The company also purchased two Sun Blade 6000 Chassis to house the machines; and to protect the platform’s data, the company chose a Sun Storage 7410 Unified Storage System together with a Sun Storage J4000 Array. The infrastructure runs on the Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris Operating Systems. The blade servers provide support for Web solutions that include the Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3, the Sun GlassFish Web Space Server 10, and the open-source offerings of the MySQL Database, the Sun OpenDS directory server, and Sun OpenSSO Enterprise.

Symeos built the finished platform over a period of two months, and after testing, plans to launch the by the end of the year. Because Symeos used open-source and open-standard technology throughout, the business expects to lower future development costs by about 60%. Herve Prot, Chief Executive Officer of Symeos said: “With the support of Sun, we have developed a cost-effective identity management platform that offers customers 99.999% availability and is easily scalable.”

Check out the complete details here.

Wednesday Mar 05, 2008

Open sourcing... Education!

The Kuali Foundation manages a portfolio of open source applications for colleges and universities. These enterprise-focused applications range from finance, research administration, endowment management to student systems management.

The rSmart Group, which provides services and support to academic institutions for open source software, is collaborating with us to develop Kuali-based programs that are certified to run on Sun's collection of systems and open source infrastructure software, including Solaris, MySQL, GlassFish, OpenSSO and OpenESB. We are also helping to establish several institutions as Sun Centers of Excellence for the Kuali solutions.

As reported in Campus Technology, this collaboration, coupled with Kuali open source software, will help colleges and universities cut the costs of administrative computing while benefiting from enterprise applications built for education by education. The typical barrier to entry for open source software in education -- lack of professional support from an established vendor -- goes away with Sun's commitment to this (and other education-related) efforts.

Echoing Gary, we are really pleased to be a part of this important initiative.
Kauli Applications

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