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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2002-08-14 Print this article Print

: Sun Software Chief Has Eye on Web Services "> "J2EE is for complex, distributed transactional applications," Schwartz said. "I dont think youll see a bank running on LAMP." However, the LAMP opportunity represents even greater potential opportunities for Sun, Schwartz said.
"Every single LAMP application, if it grows to be an enterprise application" will require underlying infrastructure support, such as clustering and systems management and other functionality that Sun will be able to provide and charge for, Schwartz said.
"Were going to continue driving large Sun ONE deployments into the J2EE Web services infrastructure," he said. However, "were going to be driving this notion of LAMP very, very hard. We believe theres going to be a set of companies that will potentially see the impact of open source begin eroding their revenue streams. I think most interesting to me is the success of Postgres [an open-source database] and MySQL in the Linux marketplace. And I dont know why IBM or other database vendors believe that somehow Linux is going to be a discontinuity for everything except their businesses. I think the reality is the Linux and open-source marketplaces are a discontinuity" for the market in general. Meanwhile, Schwartz said he did not see a problem with Sun being omitted from key Web services standards organizations. "We will support UDDI (Universal, Description, Discovery and Integration) and SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) and some of the other basic standards as they emerge, Schwartz said. "I think IBM and Microsoft pairing up together to try to kind of move the world in their direction is not going to be particularly successful. Because even though you believe you have all the standards, if you have no platform through which you can deliver it…I think IBMs going to find themselves ultimately blunted by the marketplace. When a Sun ONE application server is available for free on every one of the systems on which theyve been expecting to harvest a $50,000 CPU, theyre just going to have an uphill battle even if theyve got the latest and greatest UDDI or SOAP. All of those technologies are going to be available to Sun. And given that it looks like they will all be available royalty-free, believe me well be there in force along with the open-source community driving them into the infrastructure. Schwartzs software organization includes Anil Gadre as vice president of business and marketing operations; John Fowler as CTO; Barbara Gordon, vice president of Sun software sales; Steve Nathan, vice president of customer advocacy and solutions engineering; John Loiacono, vice president of operating platforms; Rich Green, vice president of Java community and Sun ONE tools; Mark Bauhaus, vice president of Sun ONE and Java Web services; Stephen Pelletier, vice president of network identity and communications; Curtis Sasaki, vice president of Sun ONE desktop; Alan Brenner, vice president of Sun ONE devices; Steve Mackay, vice president of N1 and management systems; and David Nelson-Gal, vice president of clustering and availability products. Related Stories:
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    Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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