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.
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.