Sun at the DISA Customer Conference

Each year the Defense Information Systems Agency hosts a customer conference all their customers.  DISA is responsible for hosting, designing and operating DoD datacenters, networks and critical command and control programs. The DISA customer conference is attended each year by 3000-4000 IT professionals throughout the US DoD and other countries. This year's conference is in sunny Orlando and Sun Federal will again be attending to demonstrate some of our advanced technologies for desktop virtualization, security, identity management and more. Here's a preview of what you will see when you visit our booth (or in case you can't come to the conference).  The Sun team at the booth will be happy to answer any questions you have about this or any of Sun's products and services.  Among the things you need to know about Sun is that we are the largest commercial contributor to the open source software communities. Come visit us May 5-8 at booth # 331.

Sun Ray Ultra-Thin Client Technology

This innovative solution to current desktop cost and management issues can significantly reduce costs while increasing user flexibility, mobility and security.  Weighing less than a pound and with no moving parts Sun Ray is ecologically better than a PC.  It last longer, uses less energy, makes less noise and fills fewer landfills. The Sun Ray DTU can be used to display a Solaris, Windows, Linux or mainframe desktop environment. 

Trusted, multi-level Operating System 

Do you need to share confidential data while knowing exactly who has access? Sun's award winning open source Solaris 10 operating system with Trusted Extensions provides a robust, scalable security solution for customers with multiple levels or compartments of data access.  Sun, HP, IBM and Dell platforms (Sparc or X64) are fully supported.  Dell, Fujitsu and IBM are OEMs for Solaris on their platforms. Solaris 10 is Common Criteria evaluated.

Screenshot: Solaris 10 displaying MS Windows and Red Hat 5 in windows of different classifications on the same screen.

Identity management implementing the DoD 2875 process

The 2875 demonstration was created to show the feasibility of using the Sun Java Systems Identity Manager Suite to manage the SYSTEM AUTHORIZATION ACCESS REQUEST (SAAR) process. This process is used through out the Federal Government as a method for end users requesting access to systems. Sun IDM automates, audits and simplifies the process.

Sun Modular DataCenter

The Sun Modular Datacenter is a low cost, quick deploying solution for those who are running out of data center space and need additional computing power quickly with lower real estate, power and cooling costs.  Although the actual Modular Datacenter truck will not be here, we will have a scale model for you to enjoy.

Photo: The Sun Modular Datacenter on tour at the Pentagon in April with a small contingent of the Sun Federal Sales and Marketing team. 

Windows/Linux interoperability

Sun is a full OEM for MS Windows and Red Hat operating systems.  We sell and support both OSes on our market leading Intel and AMD based servers.  As a licensee of MS technologies, Solaris interoperates well with your existing desktop infrastructure. 

Capacity based computing

Sun is one of the winners in the DISA Capacity Computing contract awarded in 2006.  Using this contract, DISA purchases Solaris computing cycles as a managed service based upon actual metered utilization. Sun provides systems and capacity management in DISA datacenters while speeding procurement cycles, reducing capital expenditures and consolidating applications. Ask us about how this contract can work for you.

Partners joining Sun in our booth include:

Mitel is a leading provider of communications solutions for a range of organizations.  Their integration of Sun's Ultra-thin client with a VOIP telephone handset can significantly reduce desktop device costs while increasing flexibility, security and user mobility.  This intelligent phone ties your phone session and you desktop computing session to your identity and smart card for increased convenience.

BlueSpace - sponsored by Sterling Computers. BlueSpace is an enterprise software company based in Austin, Texas, that provides electronic messaging and mail software as well as multi-level secure (MLS) middleware to enable MLS applications. TransMail Trusted Edition is a version of TransMail specifically designed for the defense and intelligence communities. It integrates with Solaris 10 with Trusted Extensions to provide label security support, while providing the user with a single, multi-level inbox. TransMail Trusted Edition is the first commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) end user, multi-level secure application.

Dynamic Systems is an information technology infrastructure expert and Sun Microsystems Value Added Reseller.  Dynamic Systems holds the SSTEW contract which offers extended warranty, maintenance, education, and professional services for all Sun Microsystems® products. The extended warranty and maintenance covered in this contract includes flexible and comprehensive hardware and software support ranging from basic to mission-critical service.This 8(a) set aside Blanket Purchase Agreement that offers time and money saving options through order consolidation and volume discounts. SSTEW is an Enterprise Software Agreement (ESA) under the DoD Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI).

We're looking forward to seeing you in Orlando. 


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Jim Laurent is an Oracle Sales consultant based in Reston, Virginia. He supports US DoD customers as part of the North American Public Sector hardware organization. With over 17 years experience at Sun and Oracle, he specializes in Solaris and server technologies. Prior to Oracle, Jim worked 11 years for Gould Computer Systems (later known as Encore).


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