Sun Microsystems and the GlassFish community release Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3, the latest release of Sun's commercial Java EE application server and its open-source counterpart, GlassFish.
Sun Microsystems and the GlassFish community have released Sun GlassFish
Enterprise Server v3, which they described as "the latest release of Sun's
commercial Java Platform Enterprise Edition (Java EE) application server and
its open-source counterpart, GlassFish v3."
Sun's news release continued, "Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 is
the industry's first application server to support the new Java Platform
Enterprise Edition 6 (Java EE 6)." Moreover, it said, "GlassFish is
the industry's most downloaded Java EE-compatible application server, with more
over 24 million downloads to date. Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 provides
customers with an enterprise-grade, open-source-based application server
solution focused on reducing application and deployment complexity. [Developers
can] download and begin development with Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 today
In Java EE 6 Sun introduces a "new, lightweight Web Profile, in
addition to the full enterprise platform ... With Sun GlassFish Enterprise
Server v3, organizations can create and deploy modern Web applications with the
Java EE 6 Web Profile and easily leverage the power of the full Java EE 6
platform for enterprise applications. Developers also benefit from the simplified
programming model and productivity improvements offered by Java EE 6."
Kevin Schmidt, director of product management and marketing for Sun's
Application Platform organization, said the Java EE 6 Web Profile enables
developers to use a platform optimized for Web applications. Tom Kincaid,
executive director of the Application Platform organization, said,
"Developers can start with the Web Profile and grow to the entire platform
as their needs grow."
"In addition to delivering the tremendous enhancements available in
Java EE 6, Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 provides features to help improve
start-up time and reduce resource utilization, plus fine-grained monitoring
capabilities that offer improved observability for both developers and IT
operators," Karen Tegan Padir, vice president of MySQL and Software
Infrastructure at Sun, said in a statement. "People should think of
GlassFish v3 as a pluggable run-time that can host many types of containers and
enable rapid, iterative development with multiple programming languages-allowing
customers to consolidate to a single platform [and] run-time. Because Sun
GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 is based on open-source technology, customers
have more control over their product deployments and don't have to choose between
open source and enterprise features. GlassFish Enterprise Server offers
transparency through the publicly available road map of product requirements
and priorities that is strengthened by external contributions and a vibrant
The news release continued, "Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3
introduces new features to its management and monitoring capabilities,
including fine-grained and low overhead monitoring, mod_jk support for service
availability, proactive notification of module updates and the ability to
manage modules and patches through the GlassFish Update Center."
Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 is based on an OSGi (Open Services
Gateway Initiative) run-time, "allowing features to be added dynamically,
as necessary. This helps to keep the footprint as small as possible by loading
only the modules required to service deployed applications, helping to improve
startup time and reduce resource utilization. Based on internal Sun benchmarks,
Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 startup times are over twice as fast as v2
and in the case of the Web Profile offering, nearly three times faster,"
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