Sun Releases New GlassFish Preview
Sun releases GlassFish Enterprise Server version 3 Prelude, a lightweight Web application server that is based on a modular Open Services Gateway Initiative architecture. The new open source GlassFish release also provides a preview of Java Platform Enterprise Edition 6.Sun Microsystems has announced the preview version of the next major release of its GlassFish application server, which, among other things, provides a preview of Java Platform Enterprise Edition 6. The new version of GlassFish, GlassFish Enterprise Server version 3 Prelude, is a lightweight Web application server that is based on a modular OSGi (Open Services Gateway Initiative) architecture, said Paul Hinz, director of Java Enterprise System at Sun. Hinz noted that Sun also is providing a preview of features that will be available in the upcoming Java EE 6 release. Java EE 6 is slated for release around the time of JavaOne 2009, which will be in early June, said John Clingan, Group Product Manager, Application Server at Sun.
"The goal after version 2 was to, with version 3, build a modular architecture," Hinz said. "We wanted to build an application container so you could do everything from the Web tier to mission critical" applications, he said. Hinz said the v3 prelude could be used in production.
In a market where SpringSource and Terracotta are working together to keep things simpler and save people money, GlassFish's ability to provide a free Java EE-compliant container (as opposed to Java SE) is very important. From our angle, GlassFish's traction in the market will continue to grow and take other containers' market share because existing Java apps are all in the process of retooling onto a lower cost platform.