SourceLabs Gives Oracle Open-Source Validation

SourceLabs extends its certified open-source software stack to Oracle middleware.

SourceLabs, a Seattle-based provider of certified open-source systems and services, recently announced that it is extending its certification and support of its open-source software stack for Java to the Oracle Application Server 10g.

Byron Sebastian, chief executive of SourceLabs, said the company, which refers to itself as the Dependable Open Systems company, is extending its SASH stack to support Oracles Fusion Middleware. SASH is SourceLabs stack consisting of the open-source Spring Framework, Apache Axis, Struts and Hibernate technologies.

SourceLabs integrates these elements into a tested software stack that it runs through the companys CERT7 testing methodology, the company said.

"One of the promises SourceLabs made is that customer demand around open source is to use the technology they already have, so it became critical to provide solutions for customers on the technology they care about," Sebastian said. "So we certified the SASH stack to work with Oracles database and application server. And to better provide for its customers, Oracle is making SASH available over its OTN [Oracle Technology Network] developer community."

"We have a customer base that wants to use open source, and what this brings to us is validation beyond Oracle saying, Were serious about open source," said Mike Lehmann, director of product management for Oracle Application Server.

In that regard, Oracle put its money where its mouth is when the company acquired open-source database maker Sleepycat Software for an undisclosed sum on Feb. 14.

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"Oracles unique hot-pluggable architecture enables organizations to mix and match components of Oracle Fusion Middleware with open-source solutions," said Steven Harris, vice president of Oracles Java Platform Group, in a statement. "SourceLabs certification of Oracle Application Server 10g provides SASH stack customers added confidence of the products interoperability."

Added Lehmann, "This is really a big continuation of what weve been doing around the standards space. … Customers want to use proven software and use open-source software on it."

Sebastian said the Oracle deal is SourceLabs first with a major software company. "To date weve done deals with smaller open-source companies, and this is a different type of partnership for us," he said. "A lot of it is about connecting the dots between the community and what the community wants."

Oracle joins WSO2 and Interface 21 as SourceLabs partners.

Meanwhile, SourceLabs also announced SourceLabs SASH Stack 1.1 for Java on Feb. 9.

The company used its CERT7 Test methodology, including a load test comprising more than 54 million transactions over a period for nine days.

The new release brings together sample applications, information and software updates, tools, tests, and enterprise support subscriptions, Sebastian said.

Other new features include a new distribution mechanism based on Apache Maven that integrates directly into developers build processes so that customers are assured that they are always using the most stable, tested versions of SASH libraries.

The new version of SASH also provides discovery and repair of bugs and a Bug Daily Digest report, among other features, Sebastian said.

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