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SecureWay On-Demand Server Delivers Personalized Web Applications to Any User on Any Device

Software features new user customization options

SAN FRANCISCO - 15 Jun 1999: -- IBM today announced a new version of SecureWay On-Demand Server, software that delivers personalized Web applications to users and groups based on individual preferences, access rights and device capabilities.

This new version of SecureWay On-Demand Server advances the technology by adding support for multiple servers, two-staged personalization, enhanced security and directory features, and support for the Sun Solaris and Linux operating systems.

SecureWay On-Demand Server Version 2 is Java-based software that simplifies the secure delivery of personalized Web applications to users in a network. Key to SecureWay On-Demand Server is the concept of "profile serving," which enhances a Web application server environment by providing personalized, yet controlled, user access to Web applications based on individual needs and organizational policies. Profile serving is critical in enterprises that maintain many different types of applications and support numerous users on various types of client devices.

Within an organization, policies often drive the need to control the accessibility of information. For example, a corporate finance department needs access to statistical software and company revenue numbers, but other departments should be restricted from accessing that data. Using SecureWay On-Demand Server, the network administrator can give secure access to this data only to the people who need it, and allow them access to it from any Java-enabled Web browser, including the new wave of non-PC "pervasive computing" devices.

"The reality of e-business is that enterprises must support the many different applications and devices that their employees, partners and suppliers need to do their jobs," said Ed Harbour, director, business line management, IBM SecureWay Software. "SecureWay On-Demand Server gives enterprises the flexibility to customize access to applications and securely deliver them to any user at any device from any point in the network."

New features of SecureWay On-Demand Server V2 include:

-- A flexible new designthat gives administrators the ability to deliver applications across multiple servers;

-- Two-staged personalization that allows administrators to establish policy-based rules in addition to allowing users to set preferences within policy-based guidelines;

-- A range of security features that include industry-standard methods for authentication and authorization for controlling access to services and software. Security enhancements also include industry-standard encryption methods to protect user, group and preference data from unauthorized access;

-- Support for Java applets, servlets, applications, HTML and XML;

-- Tivoli premier-level certification, including Global Enterprise Management instrumentation;

-- An enhanced, easy-to-use toolkit with APIs, integrated with leading Java-based visual development programming tools, providing full access to the services provided by SecureWay On-Demand Server; and,

-- Expanded platform support, including Sun Solaris and Linux operating systems (Linux version now available in beta format).

SecureWay On-Demand Server beta customer Connecticut Department of Public Health is developing a newborn screening program that will allow staff at the state's hospitals to submit mandatory newborn information via the Web.

"We're developing an easier, more efficient process for collecting newborn information," said Paul Dzilenski, senior technical analyst for the state of Connecticut. "With SecureWay On-Demand Server, we can control access and personalize the information medical staff see, thus reducing their workload. We're also able to log activities using SecureWay On-Demand Server's API and event log."

SecureWay On-Demand Server was developed according to industry standards to provide an open, interoperable solution. Supported industry standards include: JNDI, HTTP, Secure HTTP, Java RMI, SSL and LDAP. It also supports Java applets, Java servlets and Java applications, as well as simple HTML and XML.

SecureWay On-Demand Server V2 will be available worldwide in ten languages on June 30, 1999. Supported operating system platforms include IBM AIX, OS/390 and OS/400 (available 4Q99), Microsoft Windows NT, Sun Solaris and Linux. More information about SecureWay On-Demand Server is available at http://www.ibm.com/software/network/on-demand.

Contact(s) information

Nancy Riley
IBM
(919) 486-2834
nriley@us.ibm.com

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