Sun Java System Calendar Server is a high-performance, Internet standards-based calendar server designed with the scalability to meet the needs of customers ranging from medium- and large-sized enterprises to even the largest telecommunication and Internet service providers. Through a Web browser interface or connectors to other calendar clients, including Microsoft Outlook, Calendar Server provides group scheduling and personal calendaring to consumers at home or at work, while enabling them to share calendar information with others over the Internet.
Calendar Server provides one of the industry’s most open, interoperable, and high-performance time and resource management solutions. Through its scalability, performance, and reliability, it provides the features you require at a lower total cost of ownership than alternative solutions. Native support for iCalendar standards enables users to schedule events in a format that is easily shared across the Internet. Calendar Server employs standards and protocols such as:
Internet Calendaring (iCalendar)
iCalendar Transport-Independent Interoperability Protocol (iTIP)
iCalendar Message-based Interoperability Protocol (iMIP)
eXtensible Markup Language (XML)
Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
HyperText Transport Protocol (HTTP)
The Calendar Server architecture is flexible, extensible, and scalable both vertically (by increasing the number of CPUs per system) and horizontally (by introducing additional servers into the network). As a result, Calendar Server can be thought of as a system of servers that can be configured to fit a variety of needs. It can remain in isolation as a standalone calendar server, or it can be configured with many instances, having the various services duplicated or split between them.
Calendar Server makes use of plugins to obtain external services. Calendar Server also supports both LDAP- and identity-based deployments, and integrates with Sun Java System Access Manager, Sun Java System Portal Server, and Sun Java System Instant Messaging to provide additional functionality.
Group scheduling, free-busy lookup, and corporate directory lookup
Support for standards-based event and calendar data feeds published in XML or iCalendar formats, which improves communication and can offer new revenue opportunities through commerce links and banner ads
Native LDAP support, with an API for other directory services
Support for the Connector to Microsoft Outlook
Support for hosted domains including command-line and GUI tools to manage these domains
Simplified system management, online backup and restore, and entire database backup and restore
Support for multiple calendars, such as work, family, friends, and more
Support for public and private calendars, as well as public, private, and confidential individual events
Automatic email notification of appointments, invitations, and reminders sent to selected recipients; integrates with Sun Java System Instant Messaging to provide automatic pop-up reminders
Support for multiple owners of each calendar, to facilitate communication and productivity with project teams and community groups
Ability to delegate calendar ownership to others who may act on behalf of the primary owner
Support for daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly views of a calendar
Supports hundreds of thousands of users through a scalable, networked, server-to-server, client- server architecture
Supports Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption, LDAP authentication, authentication plugins, and identity-enabled single sign-on (SSO) through Access Manager
Integrated personal address book and email functionality
Support for layered calendar views, enabling users to combine two or more calendars into a single view for improved communications and productivity
Support for attachments in events and tasks
Support for LDAP groups including static, nested, and dynamic groups
For more information on Calendar Server concepts, see the Sun Java System Calendar Server 6.3 Administration Guide.