Sun Updates Java Enterprise, Desktop Systems

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2004-06-01 Print this article Print

Sun brings Java Enterprise server suite to Red Hat Linux, and offers "per-citizen" licensing; JDS 2.0 gives administrators better desktop management tools.

Sun Microsystems Inc. will make a number of product announcements at its quarterly Network Computing Webcast in California and its SunNetwork Conference 2004 in Shanghai this week—not the least of these being the second version of its Java Enterprise System and Java Desktop System. The biggest change in the Java Enterprise System is that it will now run on Red Hat Linux in addition to the Solaris operating environment. Pricing will remain the same across both operating systems, John Loiacono, executive vice president of software at Sun, in Santa Clara, Calif., told eWEEK. Sun is also launching a per-citizen pricing model for the server software where the price is determined by the size of a countrys population and whether that country is ranked as more, less or least developed by the United Nations.
While the system will not run on SuSE Linux from Novell Inc. or any of the other Linux distributions, the plan is to target Microsoft Windows, SuSE (Novell), IBMs Unix-based AIX and HP-UX in future releases. Loiacono declined to give a timeframe, saying only that "we are working on those and plan to get the Java Enterprise System on all major platforms."
Asked why Sun chose Red Hat first, Loiacono said that in the Linux space this is the distribution most requested and its the dominant player numberwise worldwide. Java Enterprise System will not run on SuSE because "the SuSE and Red Hat distributions are not compatible," he said. Suns Application Server 7.1 has also been included in the software stack at no additional cost, he said. The second version of the Java Desktop System, which is currently powered by SuSE Linux but will be available on Solaris by midyear, will include better usability, USB support, and a new management capability that will allow desktops to be remotely managed for synchronization, security and network control, including turning off macros, Loiacono said. Sun will also announce three new identity products: the Java System Identity Manager, Java System Access Manager and Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition. These solutions are scheduled to ship in July and will not be part of the Java Enterprise System, at least not initially. For more on Suns trio of identity management products, click here. "This is a huge, huge opportunity for Sun and is pervasive in 100 percent of out accounts, and user access management is a problem every customer on the planet has," Loiacono said. The Sun Java System Identity Manager is priced on a per-user basis and the starting pricing is approximately $150,000. The Sun Java System Access Manager is also priced on a per-user basis and the starting pricing is approximately $100,000, while the starting price for the Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition is approximately $50,000. But these are list prices, and Sun will work with individual customers to determine pricing based on the elements highlighted above, Loiacono said, adding that subscription pricing could be an option, "but we might do this differently. We also have not yet decided whether to include it as part of JES going forward," he said. Lastly, Sun will also announce a new RFID Development Kit, a starter kit that contains all the necessary components for doing RFID, but its cost and availability were not immediately available. Check out eWEEK.coms Linux & Open Source Center at for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.

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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.

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