Sun upgrades its open-source Java application server

Sun adds new features to GlassFish open-source server

Sun Microsystems Monday unveiled the second major version of its GlassFish open-source application server, adding an enterprise-class feature like clustering and central administration to the Java EE 5-based software.

GlassFish V2, which is available now, was built to provide companies with an open-source option for high-end application servers, said John Clingan, Sun's application server group product manager.

"With GlassFish V2, we're offering advanced features required for production uses such as clustering ... and advanced and centralized administration," he said. "From a single point of control, administrators can grow or shrink the size of a cluster. We have best-in-class performance."

V2's clustering support will allow companies to group servers for scalability and to replicate data in-memory for fail-over protection and high availability, Clingan added. It also allows administrators to manage application server clusters from a centralized console, he said.

This new version also includes support for interoperability between Web services running on Java and Windows technology.

In addition, Sun announced significant price cuts for its supported version of GlassFish V2 -- Sun Java System Applications Server 9.1. Sun said Version 9.1 carries a price tag of $4,500 for a bundle of four sockets compared to $10,000 per socket plus $2,000 for support for the earlier version.

"A lot of enterprises are looking to open source to reduce costs and gain access to innovation more quickly," Clingan said. "We want to take price out the equation as they evaluate open-source application servers

Sun today also began shipping a beta version of the NetBeans 6.0 IDE. The new version adds a new editor and support for dynamic languages, including Ruby and JavaScript. With 6.0, developers can use Ruby on Rails with existing Java code, said Gregg Sporar, Sun's NetBeans evangelist.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Heather Havenstein

Computerworld
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?