Domino 5.0 will have secure PKI components

ORLANDO, Fla.—The successor to Lotus Domino Server 4.6 will have secure public-key
infrastructure components and a standard interface for synchronizing with other
vendors’ PKIs.


Although Lotus Development Corp. officially launched Domino Server 5.0, Notes 5.0 and
Domino Designer 5.0 at the LotuSphere trade show here last week, it has held back their
release a few weeks for “last-minute polishing,” chairman Jeff Papows said.


Lotus executives called Domino 5.0 a better Web application server than its
predecessor. Domino Designer is an integrated development environment for writing Java
code.


The Domino Server 5.0 directory, which conforms to the Lightweight Directory Access
Protocol 3, can handle up to 1 million registered users in its unlimited-size database.
The directory can do mail addressing and routing for more than 10 million users.


The directory catalog, which compresses single or multiple Domino directories, compacts
a 1G list down to 12M for replication on notebook computers.


The Domino server supports about 10,000 active mail connections in a single partition
on a four-way server running either Unix or Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, according to Lotus
product managers.


Domino and Lotus Notes, which total 43 million seats worldwide, could form one of the
world’s largest public-key infrastructures. Product manager Craig Smelser said
workers could use their Notes identifications as their employee IDs.


Domino Server 5.0’s integrated PKI supports X.509 certificates, Secure
Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions, Secure Sockets Layer and Lotus’ Common Data
Security Architecture.


For programmers, Domino Designer 5.0 introduces a centralized library for script
languages and Java applets [GCN, Jan. 11, Page 1].
“Designer creates the Java code stub for you to access all the rest of the Domino and
Notes objects,” said Bill Corrigan, senior product manager for Domino Designer.


Speaking of the Justice Department’s recent ban on Java applets, IBM Corp.
executives at LotuSphere said sites with critical security concerns could deploy Domino on
IBM System/390 servers.


“You get platform-level security,” said Thomas Byrnes, a Domino for OS/390
project executive. He said the S/390 server has its own built-in Java virtual machine and
Hypertext Transfer Protocol server, both tied deeply into the OS/390 Enterprise Security
Manager, formerly named RACF.


Domino Enterprise Connection Services (DECS) in Domino Server 5.0 replaces Notes Pump
2.5 and provides real-time, nonscripted links to native DB2, Oracle, Sybase, EDA/SQL and
Open Database Connectivity relational database files.


Lotus is also building DECS connectors for leading transaction processing systems and
enterprise resource planning applications, product managers said.


Papows last week reported 14 million new seats for Lotus messaging and groupware
products last year. He said Lotus would bring out Domino Server 5.0 for Linux later this
year.


The Notes for Messaging client is $55, Notes for Collaboration $69 and Domino Client
Access $40. Domino Mail Server is $695, Domino Application Server $1,795, Domino
Enterprise Server $4,995 and Domino Designer $495.


Contact Lotus at 703-284-9666. 

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