Java Enterprise System 3 Attacks Business Woes

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2005-02-01 Print this article Print

Sun Microsystems is rolling out its newest Java Enterprise System release, along with five market-driven subsets aimed at solving specific business problems.

Sun Microsystems Inc. is rolling out its newest Java Enterprise System release, along with five market-driven subsets aimed at solving specific business problems.

Sun officials will announce the new JES suites this week at its quarterly Network Computing event at the Sun campus in Santa Clara, Calif. The software will be available in early March.

As part of the announcement, Sun will tout some 350 customers that have bought nearly 425,000 JES licenses to date. "The five new suites, and the new configurations they offer, will also significantly boost adoption rates," said Joe Keller, Suns vice president for Java Web services and development platforms.

JES Release 3 offers new tools, including Java System Identity Manager, Sun Java System Portal Access, N1 Grid SP Enterprise Edition and the Java Studio tools portfolio, officials said. The system supports Solaris 10 on the SPARC and x86 hardware platforms, HP-UX, Red Hat Inc.s Linux, as well as Windows 2000 and Windows XP. It also supports the newest versions of the standard Java and enterprise Java computing platforms.

Sun might open-source Enterprise System. Click here to read more. The additions are not without a cost, however. Pricing will increase to $140 per user per year from the current $100.

Curt Smith, general manager at Saskatchewan Telecommunications (SaskTel), in Regina, Saskatchewan, said his company replaced Suns iPlanet software with JES running on Solaris. "The cost model for the JES and the integrated software stack that came with it were extremely compelling," Smith said.

The five new suites, which are based on JES Release 3, are priced at $50 per user per year each and are upgradable to the entire JES stack. The suites come with the new Java Studio Enterprise development platform and the Java Studio Creator tool.

The five offerings are Java Application Platform Suite, an integrated set of tools and services for the design, development and management of next-generation SOAs (service-oriented architectures); Java Availability Suite, which enables service-level management of mission-critical applications; Java Communications Suite, which links data and people throughout an organization; Java Identity Management Suite; and Java Web Infrastructure Suite, for providing security and access control.

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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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