This chapter describes the key features and benefits of Sun Java Communications Suite.
Sun Java Communications Suite is a secure, cost-effective communications and collaboration offering. Communications Suite addresses customer concerns about the costs, capabilities, and security of a traditional communications infrastructure by offering a secure, scalable, lower total cost of ownership alternative to other communications and collaboration solutions.
Communications Suite provides the email, calendar, and instant messaging solutions necessary to meet both enterprise and service provider communications and collaboration needs. All organizations need communications, and many are required to provide these services across large, diverse, and geographically distributed communities of users. Traditional communications solutions are costly, and not sufficient to meet today’s requirements for scalability and security. Communications Suite enables organizations to deploy solutions at a total cost of ownership they can afford.
In addition, Communications Suite provides differentiated services and full-featured collaboration functionality that are required by a diverse audience. Finally, a Communications Suite deployment meets your increased security needs when extending communications outside of a corporate firewall and to mobile users through multiple devices.
The Communications Suite core solution consists of the following components:
Sun Java System Messaging Server
Sun Java System Calendar Server
Sun Java System Instant Messaging
Additional features that enhance the Communications Services solution include:
Sun Java System Communications Express
Sun Java System Communications Sync
Sun Java System Connector for Microsoft Outlook
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Sun Java System Messaging Server is a high-performance, highly secure messaging platform. Scaling from thousands to millions of users, Messaging Server is suitable for businesses interested in consolidating email servers and reducing total cost of ownership of the communications infrastructure. Messaging Server provides extensive security features that help ensure the integrity of communications through user authentication, session encryption, and the appropriate content filtering to help prevent spam and viruses.
With Messaging Server, organizations can provide secure, reliable messaging services for entire communities of employees, partners, and customers.
For more information about Messaging Server features, see the following documentation: http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/coll/1312.1
Sun Java System Calendar Server facilitates team collaboration by enabling users to manage and coordinate appointments, events, tasks, and resources. With its intuitive, web-based interface, Calendar Server enables end users to access their personal, public, or group calendars anytime and anywhere, from a web browser. Deployments use Calendar Server, along with the Messaging Server and Instant Messaging, to offer users a comprehensive communications and collaborative environment.
For more information about Calendar Server features, see the following documentation: http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/coll/1313.1
Sun Java System Instant Messaging enables secure, real-time communication and collaboration. Instant Messaging combines presence awareness with instant messaging capabilities such as chat, conferences, alerts, news, polls, and file transfers to create a collaborative environment. These features enable one-to-one as well as group collaboration through either short-lived communications or persistent venues such as conference rooms or news channels. Instant Messaging, along with Calendar Server and Messaging Server, offers users a comprehensive communications and collaboration environment.
Instant Messaging ensures the integrity of communications through its multiple authentication mechanisms and secure SSL connections. Integration with Sun Java System Portal Server and Sun Java System Access Manager brings additional security features, services-based provisioning access policy, user management, and secure remote access. Furthermore, Instant Messaging supports the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP). XMPP enables you to use a number of third-party clients, which aggregate contacts from the public networks. In one client, you can have contacts from AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Sun, and other XMPP-based servers.
For more information about Instant Messaging features, see the following documentation: http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/coll/1309.1
Sun Java System Communications Express provides an integrated web-based communications and collaboration client. Communications Express is a common part of Messaging Server and Calendar Server, providing end users with a web interface to their calendar information and mail, as well as an address book.
For more information about Communications Express features, see the following documentation: http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/coll/1312.1
Communications Sync is a software product that runs on the Windows platform and enables users to synchronize Calendar Server events and tasks with mobile devices and personal information managers (PIMs) such as Microsoft Outlook.
See the Communications Sync documentation for more information: http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/coll/1313.1
Communications Sync is not used in this evaluation.
Sun Java System Connector for Microsoft Outlook enables Outlook to be used as a desktop client with Messaging Server and Calendar Server.
Connector for Microsoft Outlook is an Outlook plug-in that you install on end-users desktops. Connector for Microsoft Outlook queries Messaging Server for folder hierarchies and email messages. Connector for Microsoft Outlook then converts the information into Messaging API (MAPI) properties that Outlook can display. Similarly, Connector for Microsoft Outlook queries Calendar Server for events and tasks, which are then converted into MAPI properties. Connector for Microsoft Outlook uses Web Address Book Protocol (WABP) to query Address Book Server for contacts, which are then converted into MAPI properties. With this model, Connector for Microsoft Outlook builds an end-user Outlook view from three separate information sources: mail from Messaging Server, calendar information from Calendar Server, and contacts from Address Book Server.
For more information about Connector for Microsoft Outlook features, see the following documentation: http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/coll/1312.1