Government would be wise to see the light, Sun's McNealy says

Urging government agencies to 'join mankind,' Sun Microsystems Inc.'s CEO declared that Java technologies are the best way to deploy secure federal networks.

'Name one Java virus,' Scott McNealy said today at FOSE 2004 in Washington.

There aren't any, he said. 'It's not because there's not an installed base, and it's not because [Java] doesn't run on every device running on every microprocessor and every operating system'from smart card to supercomputer,' McNealy said. 'It's because nobody has figured out yet how to write a Java virus.'

There are 1.5 billion Java devices deployed worldwide, including 500 million smart cards running Java, he said.

Even so, McNealy noted, viruses and worms last month caused $73.5 billion in damages to other network platforms.

'The network is under attack,' he said, 'and we ain't seen nothing yet.'

Sun is addressing the challenge through three strategies, McNealy said: reducing cost and complexity, accelerating network services deployment and ensuring secure mobility.

'The worst job on the planet right now is running a data center,' McNealy said.

To help government users deploy Sun tools, McNealy's company has developed more than 35 reference architectures, which are ready-made recipes for building solutions. The reference architectures are created by Sun and its technology partners so that agencies 'don't have to reinvent the wheel,' McNealy said. They include recommendations for the software and hardware required to achieve a particular networking objective.

McNealy said Oakland, Calif., used a Sun reference architecture to migrate from a Tru64/AlphaServer platform. The system is saving the city $115,000 annually and has reduced total cost of ownership by 30 percent, he said.

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