Sun Java Communications Suite for the Uninitiated
By joesciallo on Jun 24, 2009
It's amazing to me how many people I come across, both internal and external to Sun, who, when the conversation inevitably turns to "what do you do," return a blank stare when I state that I work on Sun Java Communications Suite. (I mean, we only have like 150 million mailboxes deployed world wide, and we do eat our own dog food, people.)
To reduce the blank-stare effect, I usually start explaining automatically, like a marketing pamphlet, "Sun Java Communications Suite is a secure, scalable communications and collaboration solution with a lower total-cost-of-ownership than the competition." Blink go their eyes, so I try again. "Sun Java Communications Suite provides the solutions necessary to meet both enterprise and service provider communications and collaboration needs." More blinking. And so, before I lose them completely, I reduce the verbiage to, "you know, email, calendar, and instant messaging."
But that's really not it either.
So I decided to come up with some off-the-cuff, but potentially more accurate and relevant descriptions for Communications Suite. Here goes:
- Are you an end user? Whether you are at work or at home, CommSuite is your daily life-line to your most important information, like your email and appointments, that you need to have always at your fingertips. It works so well that you really never even know it's there.
- When you hit send in your email client, CommSuite takes over, routing your messsage to its destination. When you push the submit button on your newly created calendar appointment, CommSuite takes over, scheduling your calendar. And behind those simple actions, CommSuite is the engine that makes it all possible.
- CommSuite does standards.
- End users, want to pick how you access your information (the screen of your life, as some are fond of saying)? Choose from many standards-based desktop clients, use a web browser, or go mobile.
- More for end users (and by extension, those who meet their needs): Our new Web 2.0 client, Sun Convergence, looks like what you'd expect from some of those other popular free clients, and more, having been designed from the ground up with flexibility and customization in mind.
- Are you an administrator? If you need to administer and maintain uptime- and performance-sensitive applications (who doesn't?), you'll love CommSuite because it is built to scale as you need and provides a number of ways to build HA solutions. And you don't need hundreds of servers like you do for that other product. In fact, you can provision a single CommSuite server with many thousands of users.
- Are you a money pincher (okay, thrifty person)? I guess I should talk about overall lower TCO at this point, but that's too boring, right? I mean, in this economic environment, who cares about saving money? Still, if interested, see this report from the Radicati gruop.
- Since by some reports, SPAM accounts for a huge percentage of email traffic, I would think if you're an email administrator, you'd care somewhat. Good news for you. Comms provides many tools to deal with all kinds of email abuse, including Spam, phishing, viruses, denial of service, and so on. Two good places to start on this topic are Protecting Against Spammers and Preventing Denial of Service Attacks in Sun Java System Messaging Server.
- Architects: Companies love to say they are standards based. Well, in Sun's case, our engineers have literally written and driven Internet standards since they've been around.
For our existing CommSuite users, I'm probably just preaching to the choir. For those unfamiliar with CommSuite, perhaps I've described the product in terms that you can relate too. Let me know.