Sunday Dec 18, 2011

Difference between GlassFish Open Source and Commercial Editions


The GlassFish Server Open Source Edition provides a full Java EE 6 compliant, free, and an open source application server. It is also available in a Web Profile distribution and can be downloaded from glassfish.org. The grey box in the diagram below shows functionality in the open source distribution. It is an easy-to-use (zip installer and NetBeans/Eclipse/IntelliJ integration), light-weight (downloads starting at 30MB, small disk/memory footprint), and modular (OSGi-based, containers start on demand) application server. It also provides clustering with high availability and centralized administration using CLI, web-based administration console, and REST APIs. The open source edition is supported using the GlassFish Forums and other social media channels.

The Oracle GlassFish Server is Oracle's commercially supported GlassFish Server distribution. The diagram below shows the additional set of features offered in the commercial edition above and beyond the open source edition. The Oracle GlassFish Server Control is a suite of features that improves performance, allows automatic backup of configuration and application data, enables fine-grained monitoring, and enables more secure and highly available production deployments. The customers also get 24 x 7 support all through out the year, priority for their bug fixes and patches/hot fixes for them. Indemnification protects you from legal action associated with the open source software distributed by Oracle. This edition can be downloaded for evaluation from OTN but a license is required for production use. Learn more about how support and sustaining is provided as part of the commercial distribution here.



In summary, GlassFish Server Open Source Edition has the following features:
  • Free community-supported application server
  • Full Java EE 6 platform support and Web Profile support
  • Easy to use
  • Lightweight; starts in a few seconds
  • Modular and extensible architecture (OSGi)
  • Fastest open source application server (http://spec.org)
  • Clustering and centralized administration
  • Production reliability
  • Available from glassfish.org
Oracle GlassFish Server provide the following additional benefits:
  • Oracle's commercially supported GlassFish Server distribution
  • Includes Open Source Edition features
  • GlassFish Server Control (pdf)
  • 24 x 7 x 365 Oracle Support
  • Priority for bug fixes & feature enhancements
  • Patches, hot fixes
  • Indemnification
  • Available for evaluation via OTN license
  • Requires a license for production use

If you are using Oracle GlassFish Server 3.0.1 or 3.1.1 or commercially supported version of GlassFish 2.x then the following patches are relevant for you:

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