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Sun Introduces Open Source Java EE 5 (GlassFish V2)

Sun Microsystems, Inc. and the GlassFish community, today announced the immediate availability of GlassFish V2, the next major version of the open source Java Platform Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 5 application server, and its commercially-supported counterpart, the Sun Java System Application Server 9.1. Building on the success of GlassFish V1, this release adds enterprise features such as clustering, advanced administration and record-breaking performance. In addition, the Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 offers new industry leading cost-efficient annual subscriptions for customers that need production quality support.

With GlassFish V2, customers no longer have to choose between open source and enterprise features. GlassFish V2 delivers on the major features that are required for scalable and mission critical deployments. Highlighted features include:

  • Best-in-class performance – as evidenced in a July 2007 SPECjAppServer benchmark result, GlassFish V2 is the fastest open source Java EE 5 application server available today.
  • Clustering – enables enterprises to group servers for scalability and replicate data in-memory for fail over protection and high availability.
  • Centralized administration – manage application server clusters and application deployments from a centralized administration console.
  • Project Metro – allows for interoperability between Web services hosted on Java technology and Windows environments.
  • Open ESB – enables easy integration of Web services and existing enterprise resources. Java Business Integration (JBI) – provides a standardized approach to delivering SOA using Web services.
  • NetBeans IDE Integration – enabling developers to deploy SOA applications by designing business process execution language (BPEL) workflows.

Sun has dramatically reduced the license and support costs of its commercially-supported Sun Java System Application Server, well below proprietary, enterprise alternatives. GlassFish V2 is available for download at: http://glassfish.java.net for Solaris, Linux, Windows and Mac OS X — bringing a production quality application server to all major software platforms. Learn more about Sun’s commercially supported counterpart, the Sun Java System Application Server 9.1, including new cost-efficient annual subscriptions at http://www.sun.com/appserver.

“Together, GlassFish and NetBeans offer a feature-rich, low-cost platform for developing and delivering applications that meet the demanding needs of the enterprise,” said Karen Tegan Padir, vice president, Software Infrastructure, Sun. “Many enterprises today are choosing open-source alternatives over expensive, proprietary infrastructure software and the GlassFish/NetBeans release represents a compelling option, especially when paired with an open-source operating system such as OpenSolaris or Linux.”

The NetBeans 6.0 IDE Beta offers improved productivity through an integrated and configurable IDE, allowing developers to easily custom-craft their environment by choosing only the tools that they need. The NetBeans 6.0 Beta also includes a powerful new editor and enhanced support for dynamic languages such as Ruby and JavaScript. JRuby is included with the NetBeans 6.0 Beta Ruby support, allowing developers to use Ruby on Rails with existing Java code. Other features of the release include: inspection and navigation capabilities, local history, integrated support for Subversion, and extensive profiling features integrated into the standard distribution making the development of multi-language enterprise applications much faster and less expensive.

In related news, future distributions of NetBeans, starting with the production release of NetBeans 6.0, will be offered under a dual license of the Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL) and the GNU General Public License version 2 (GPLv2). For more information about GPLv2 for NetBeans visit http://www.netbeans.org/gplv2-faqs.html

Sun also offers a tiered set of developer support services for its software offerings, ranging from single incident to comprehensive developer plans. In addition, with a broad portfolio of training and certification offerings, developers can enhance their skillsets to take advantage of cutting-edge technologies. To learn more, please visit http://developers.sun.com/services.

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2007 in Sun Microsystems

 

Sun Leads in the Philippines Unix Server Market

Sun Microsystems announced that Sun in the Philippines was the leader in the Unix Server Market both in terms of unit shipments and factory revenue in its FY2007 (CY Q3 2006 – Q2 2007), according to IDC’s Asia/Pacific Quarterly Enterprise Server Tracker, Q2 2007, August 2007.

Sun firmly cemented its #1 position in the Philippines Unix server segment in its FY2007, capturing 37.2% revenue share, which was 1.7 percentage points higher than the 35.5% share it captured compared to the same period in FY2006. In unit shipment terms, Sun’s share of the Philippines UNIX server market totaled 72.7% in FY 2007 versus 59.7% share that it captured in FY 2006.

“Sun’s focus in innovation has resulted in various breakthrough technologies including Java, Solaris and our SPARC processor. Our leadership in the unix server market is but one reflection of the confidence customers have in us as technology partners,” says Cynthia R. Mamon, President & Managing Director. “As we move into our new fiscal year, we are extremely confident that our strong product road map will only allow us to grow from strength to strength in offering customers greater choices to scale their businesses in today’s demanding market.”

As part of its 25th anniversary celebrations, Sun is holding a series of innovation roadshows across Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and Singapore. This event comes to a close in Singapore with the unveiling of Project Blackbox. Key customers from the region have been invited to be the first in Asia to witness the world’s first virtualized data center in Singapore. Various key customers and partners across the region are expected to have experienced and touched on pertinent topics such as the importance of “eco innovation” and the future of data center computing.

Sun Innovation Roadshow in the Philippines will happen on 20th September, 2007, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Intercontinental Hotel, Ayala Center, Makati City.

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2007 in Sun Microsystems

 

Sun Microsystems to Change Stock Ticker Symbol to JAVA

Sun Microsystems announced that it will change its Nasdaq stock ticker symbol from SUNW to JAVA, the ubiquitous technology and brand it created in 1995. The stock ticker change will go into effect for the trading community on Monday, August 27, 2007.

“The Java brand and technology have evolved to be among the most pervasive on the internet, yielding extraordinary awareness for Sun and opportunity for the community that leverages it,” said Jonathan Schwartz, president and CEO of Sun. “More than a billion people across the globe, representing nearly every demographic, market and industry, rely upon Java’s security, innovation and value to connect them with opportunity. That awareness positions Sun, and now our investor base, for the future.”

The Java economy as a whole includes a broad array of businesses built with Java technology, from Google and eBay, to some of the world’s largest financial and telecommunications companies. The Java platform powers and is made visible via more than 2.1 billion mobile devices (Ovum 2007), nearly every PC on the internet and numerous consumer electronics and embedded systems products such as Sony’s Playstation 3 video game console. Sun estimates the number of consumers that recognize the ubiquitous cup and steam on Java’s brand logo to be in excess of a billion people.

Sun generates license revenues from Java technology, but more significantly derives revenue from the software, storage, servers, services and microelectronics that power the datacenters behind global Java deployments – whether on handsets, personal computers, or in the network. Sun believes its business is advantaged by such exposure, and the change in ticker symbol more effectively connects it with the marketplace.

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2007 in Sun Microsystems

 

Sun Microsystems Completes Next-Generation, Energy Efficient Datacenters in US, UK and India

As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to greening its global operations, Sun Microsystems publicly unveiled three active, new datacenters in Santa Clara, California; Blackwater, U.K.; and Bangalore, India. Put into operation between January and June of this year, all three datacenters were built using breakthrough designs and next-generation energy efficient systems, power and cooling. Sun estimates that the company’s datacenter efforts will save the planet nearly 4,100 tons of CO2 per year and trim 1% from Sun’s total carbon footprint.

The Santa Clara datacenter is the largest of the three datacenters at 76,000 square feet. Phase One of the Santa Clara project began with a hardware consolidation and refresh project that took three months, increased compute power by more than 450% and is expected to save $1.1 million in energy costs a year. Accomplished in an aggressive 12 months, Phase Two involved designing the Santa Clara space and installing the new hardware. Sun estimates that Phase Two will yield an additional 30% savings in energy costs. Silicon Valley Power, a local utility company, has recognized the breakthrough efficiencies and design of Sun’s Santa Clara datacenter by giving Sun nearly $1 million in rebates and awards.

“There are many projects, big and small, that businesses can begin today to make a difference. It doesn’t have to be complicated and the ROI can be larger than you’d imagine,” said Dave Douglas, Vice President of Eco Responsibility for Sun Microsystems. “We’re opening the doors on our new global datacenters today to show what’s possible in a relatively short time frame and because we believe strongly that sharing is the path to a greener world.”

Through its efforts in California, the UK and India, Sun has reduced 267,000 square feet of datacenter space worldwide into approximately 133,000. Today, Sun will hold an event for customers at the Santa Clara facility to share best practices from the company’s global datacenter efforts. Building on Sun’s heritage of sharing and open source, the company will post key learnings from the project free of charge at http://www.sun.com/aboutsun/environment/green/datacenter.jsp to help other companies green their own datacenters and be kinder to the planet.

“New standards in datacenter design and management are not only good for the environment, but they are also good for a company’s bottom line,” said Sun Microsystems CIO Bob Worrall, who is responsible for reducing Sun’s corporate datacenter energy usage by 20% in fiscal year 2008. “Most CIOs don’t even see an energy bill, which makes little sense given that datacenters can consume a significant portion of a company’s total energy draw. By working together, CIOs and CFOs can direct their efforts to successfully squeeze ‘green’ into – and out of – the datacenter.”

The three new datacenters run exclusively on Sun’s line of energy efficient products, including Sun Fire T1000/T2000 servers, Sun’s x64 servers and the Solaris Operating System.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2007 in Sun Microsystems