Sun delivers a preview release of its GlassFish Enterprise Server Version 3 and new GlassFish Communications Server.
Microsystems rolled out a preview release of the latest version of its
application server, Sun Glassfish Enterprise Server Version 3, at the JavaOne
conference here on May 7.
In addition to the new version of the enterprise application server, Sun and
the GlassFish community announced the availability of a preview of the new Sun
GlassFish Communications Server.
Sun also introduced a GlassFish Partner initiative designed to provide
developers, ISVs and System Integrators with access to a large number of
frameworks and applications running on the GlassFish application server. GlassFish
Enterprise Server Version 3 can be accessed at http://www.GlassFish.org.
Sun officials said GlassFish has had more than 7 million downloads since its
first release in May 2005. Meanwhile, the new release simplifies Web 2.0-style
application development with a new modular architecture that developers can use
with specific versions of Java technology optimized for their applications.
Version 3 also features an update center that will notify users about component
updates, enabling on-demand downloads.
Sun plans to use the technology preview as a means of getting feedback from
users on what to include in the final commercial version of the technology.
The new GlassFish Communications Server is based on Project SailFin, a
GlassFish project to build a SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) communications
server. Project SailFin is the result of collaboration between Sun and Ericsson
that aims to give developers access to the telecommunications technologies they
need to develop next-generation instant messaging, VOIP (voice over IP) and
shared multimedia applications on the Web.
The GlassFish Communications Server is scheduled to be available after the
Java Community Process finalizes the JSR 289 specification, which is expected
in the third quarter of 2008.
In a related announcement, Sun introduced a marketing initiative for Sun
Partner Advantage Program members designed to connect GlassFish solution
providers to the GlassFish user and developer community. Details are available here.
The program's goal is to foster collaboration among developers, ISVs,
hosting providers and SIs. Companies such as ICEsoft, Terracotta and Zeus
Technology have joined the effort, Sun officials said.
Sun also announced that it is expanding Project GlassFish with the creation
of the GlassFish ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) community. The ESB community will
help enable the development and collaboration of global services using JBI
(Java Business Integration)-based technologies for orchestration and
composition of new and existing services, the company said.
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