That will make it easier to deploy applications based on a Java code package, Stein said. "It makes it a lot easier to build and deliver systems based on this code, compared to a classic database like Oracle or DB2," he said. In particular, the fact that Cloudscape is an embedded relational Java database makes it superior to comparable embedded databases such as the one from Sleepycat Software Inc., Stein said. "This one really brings the full functionality of a relational database embeddable into Java applications," he said. Click here to read more about Sleepycats new pure-Java version of Berkeley DB."Theres certainly going to be a lot of hobbyist activity, [plus] some commercial activity around people wanting to incorporate this into some lightweight applications," he said. The code will be sequestered in the Apache incubator project until the foundation determines that it has all property rights to the code and that it has been granted the right license to use it, to relicense it and to further develop it. After that, the incubators role is to build the community around the new code base. Thats to ensure that the project outlives any individual contributor, whether its an individual developer or a group of developers assigned by a corporation such as IBM. "One thing about Apache Software Foundation is we want to have communities set up around each of our projects," Stein said. "We want to make sure theres a large group of people actively involved with the project, supporting it and continuing work, so the project has long-term viability." IBM pitched Cloudscapes release as an altruistic move, and its high regard in the open-source community helps bolster that pitch, regardless of how IBM might benefit from disrupted market. Specifically, analysts point to potential victims as being Microsoft Corp. with its technology stack and/or Sun Microsystems Inc. in the realm of Java. "IBM has been quite good about ensuring that they work with the community as opposed to trying to manage it or take over existing communities," Stein said. "Theyre very much just another developer in the community, which is something we like to see at Apache: a meeting of equals as opposed to a meeting of leaders and underlings. We like everybody to be equal." Check out eWEEK.coms Database Center at http://database.eweek.com for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.
Stein foresees Cloudscape being used in small to midrange applications where ease of deployment is of concern. It will be usable both on clients and on servers, since its embeddable and can be incorporated into client applications.