Sun's App Server is #2 in latest Evan's Survey AHEAD of IBM
By draks on Nov 22, 2006
There is alot of press about the IBM interpretation of the latest Evans data on application server use by developers. IBM spins the data as they are growing faster than JBoss. This may be true and when you are growing from a small base, its always easier to "outgrow" someone who has a large base.
What I find interesting is the REAL data from the Evans Fall OSS/ Linux Developer Survey - the survey that asks Linux developers what they use, you find that that the application servers they develop on are: #1 is JBoss, #2 is Sun and #3 is IBM. (In this case it was NOT IBM's community edition but their commercial version.) This data is very revealing. The open source community has quite a few application servers to choose from these days and they are tending to use the supported, commercial based ones. Early on, developers used open source because it was open source, now, it seems, they are getting a bit more pragmatic and are choosing the more robust application servers. I think the Sun application server has a 4 things going for it 1) its Java EE 5 compatible, 2) its free to download and deploy (as is the GlassFish open source app server), 3) it is based on the robust commercial code that Sun has been supporting for years and 4) there is a transparent migration path up to the enterprise grade, high availabilty version.