Sun Microsystems has announced that its GlassFish Portfolio and open-source identity management offerings - OpenSSO and OpenDS software - are now available via the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). The company also announced new approaches to scale MySQL-based Web services and to extend Sun's identity management suite with MySQL database interoperability.
Sun Microsystems has announced that its GlassFish Portfolio and
open-source identity management offerings - OpenSSO and OpenDS software
- are now available via the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud.
Sun officials said Sun's open source software infrastructure can be
deployed quickly on Amazon EC2 to help easily build and secure cloud
applications and enable users to pay only for the infrastructure
software services and capacity that they actually use.
This is the first step in Sun's strategy to offer its portfolio of
leading open-source software on a variety of cloud platforms, including
the Sun Cloud and Amazon EC2.
With this announcement, Sun customers, independent software vendors
(ISVs) and systems integrators (SIs) will have access to the Sun
open-source software infrastructure technologies they need to develop
proof-of-concept and pilot applications in the cloud, including: Sun
GlassFish Portfolio, an open-source Web platform based on Sun's
GlassFish application server; Sun OpenSSO Enterprise, the single
solution for Web access management, federation and Web services
security; and Sun OpenDS Standard Edition, a next generation directory
service, based on LDAP and DSML standards.
Moreover, users also can leverage the OpenSolaris operating system
and Sun's MySQL database, which are already available through Amazon
EC2 and will soon be available on the Sun Cloud. The availability of
Sun's open-source software infrastructure on Amazon EC2 is the first
phase of a multiphased program to offer full support and
indemnification for these products in the cloud, Sun officials said.
"This is a first step in a long-term plan to offer the Sun
open-source software on popular cloud services, including EC2 and the
Sun Cloud, said Karen Tegan Padir, vice president of MySQL and Software
Infrastructure at Sun, in a statement. "Support for the Amazon EC2
environment provides another option for companies to access Sun's
popular open source software technologies and can help shorten their
product development and time to market. By having access to Sun
software in the cloud, companies can accelerate their projects without
the overhead of staging large hardware environments."
"We are excited to be working with Sun to extend support for Sun's
open source software to Amazon EC2," said Terry Wise director of
Business Development for Amazon Web Services. "We're pleased that the
combination of Amazon EC2 and Sun can provide additional options to our
mutual customers as well as extend software solutions to ISVs and SIs."
"We are seeing an increased demand for cloud services from our
clients," said Jim Guinn, II executive vice president, Partners
Consulting, Solution Division. "We believe the Sun/Amazon relationship
will allow us to rapidly develop proof of concepts for clients and pay
for the hardware based on our specific needs. This, in turn, helps
eliminate traditional operational dependencies that slow down projects
and allows us to focus more on solving the core business needs of our