On Monday, Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced another milestone in its strategy to dramatically change the economics of delivering Web services. Building on recent successes, including the increasing ubiquity of the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE[tm] platform), Reference Implementation and widespread adoption of the Java WSDP, the company today released two new editions of the Sun(tm) ONE Application Server 7.
The product is now tightly integrated with the new Sun ONE Studio for Java, Enterprise Edition 4.1 set of web services tools. It also introduces a new business model that makes the core version (Platform Edition) free to enterprises and independent software vendors (ISVs) on all leading platforms for development and deployment. With its new modular architecture, the application server provides customers and developers with increased choice and ROI in rapidly building and deploying Sun ONE Java Web Services. Sun claims that ONE Application Server 7 is more than 50 percent faster than IBM WebSphere in JSPs, Servlets, and JDBC.
Highlights of the Sun ONE Application Server 7 announcement include:
- Sun is offering the first complete product implementation of the J2EE platform, version 1.3 and the Java WSDP. The Java WSDP is an integrated toolset that allows Java platform developers to build, test and deploy XML applications, Web applications and Web Services, providing Java standard implementations of Web services standards including WSDL, SOAP, ebXML, and UDDI.
- The core Platform Edition is available now as a free download on the Solaris and Windows platforms at http://wwws.sun.com/software/download/app_servers.html and is expected to be tightly integrated into the Solaris(tm) 9 Operating Environment in January. Sun Linux, HP-UX and AIX versions are also expected to be available in 60-90 days. Maintenance and support are available at an additional cost of $795/CPU annually. For more information on Sun ONE Application Server support, go to: wwws.sun.com/software/products/appsrvr/support.html.
- The second offering, Standard Edition, is available now for an additional $2,000 per CPU, adding operations management capabilities such as remote administration and monitoring for larger scale administrative domains. In comparison, IBM does not have an offering in this price range and pricing of IBM WebSphere starts at $8,000/CPU.
- The Sun ONE Application Server has a long history of powering some of the largest and most demanding transactional Web site deployments in the world. According to independent benchmark tests, the Sun ONE Application Server 7 is at least 45 percent faster than BEA and IBM in web services using JAX-RPC.* Sun's own internal tests also indicate that Sun ONE is more than 50 percent faster than IBM WebSphere in JSPs, Servlets, and JDBC.**
- Tight integration with the Sun ONE Studio for Java, Enterprise Edition update 4.1 integrated development environment (IDE) for bidirectional creation and reuse of Web services along with the pre-built components provided in the Sun ONE Application Framework 2.0 help dramatically streamline the development of Java Web services and increase developer productivity.
- Because the product's new architecture is based on a core runtime that comes from the J2EE 1.3 platform Reference Implementation, applications built first for the Sun ONE Application Server can be run easily on any J2EE technology-based application server, thus helping to significantly reduce the time to market. Customers can leverage the Java Application Verification Kit for the Enterprise (Java AVK Enterprise) to test the portability of their applications across different implementations of J2EE. The kit is available from Sun's web site at http://java.sun.com/j2ee/avk/.
"Customers that overpaid on all you can eat licenses they couldn't possibly digest or renew, now have a new set of choices," said Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president, software, Sun Microsystems. "By offering a free edition of the application server on all major platforms, Sun is re-defining the economics of Web Services deployments. We expect that this new value proposition and application server ubiquity will drive new business to the Sun ONE Java Web Services platform as deployments of Web Services accelerate."
"We have committed to the Sun ONE Application Server 7 for developing and deploying Java Web Services at Telstra," said Andrew Johnson, executive director, Online Services Group at Telstra, a leading Australian telecommunications company. "Because our business is services based in a highly competitive and fast changing market, it was extremely important that our purchase decision be based on a low cost of ownership as well as a modular architecture that could meet our needs both in light weight and mission critical deployments."
"The results of our lab testing of the Sun ONE Application Server 7 have been excellent," said Curt Stevenson, vice president of business development, Back Bay Technologies, Inc. "Using the free Platform Edition, our small and medium sized customers can now host applications and Web services in a variety of locations where it was previously cost prohibitive, while our larger customers will get the advantages of high availability and clustering once the Enterprise Edition is available."
* Throughput tests conducted by PushToTest, an open source software
** Sun internal benchmarks, conducted using the Trade 2 Web Primitives J2EE performance benchmark application developed by IBM to measure application server components performance.
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