Tuesday Jan 13, 2009

Open Web Server launched!

I'm really excited to announce that we have completed the work to oped source the core of Sun Java System Web Server under the BSD license. This project offers a sub-set of Sun Java System Web Server's features, but is the same highly scalable HTTP server that drives many of the most demanding and secure Web sites.

The project site is here.

A feature comparison of Open Web Server and Sun Java System Web Server is here.

Developer documentation and build instructions are here.

Open Web Server is a part of the larger Web Stack community within the OpenSolaris project.

We welcome your feedback and participation within the OpenSolaris Web Stack community. 

Friday Dec 12, 2008

Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Update 4 released

I am happy to announce that Web Server 7.0 Update 4 has been released. It can be downloaded  here.

The Release Notes are here. In addition to bug fixes and stability improvements, this release introduces better compatibility with CGI and FastCGI applications by providing REQUEST_URI and SCRIPT_FILENAME variables, support for default-sun-web.xml, and certification of OpenSolaris 2008.11 as a supported platform.

All users of Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 through Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Update 3 and prior releases are encouraged to upgrade.

Friday Nov 14, 2008

Sun Blogs, a Web Server 7 reference deployment

A paper has been published describing how blogs.sun.com uses Web Server 7.0. A great article from Meena and Murthy.

 It's also worth looking at an older article detailing how forums.sun.com  uses Web Server 7.0. Another great article from Meena and Murthy.

Wednesday Jul 23, 2008

Open Sourcing Sun Web Stack, Web Server, Web Proxy Server

Today at OSCON Sun announced many things that I think are cool, but two of them have special value to me.

  1.  We are open sourcing the core functionality of our Web Server (known variously as Sun Java System Web Server, Sun ONE Web Server, iPlanet Web Server, Netscape Enterprise Server) and our Web proxy Server (known by the same various brands as our Web Server). The code will be under the BSD license providing the maximum possible portability of the project, and  will bring Sun more fully into the open source HTTP server community. This will happen on the OpenSolaris Web Stack community sometime in CYQ3 2008.
  2. Sun will be offering production support for the \*AMP stack on Solaris, OpenSolaris, and various Linux flavors. The Sun Web Stack will be a product of the OpenSolaris Web Stack community and a continuation of the work already released as Cool Stack. Support wilol be available in CYQ3 2008.

Exciting times around the ol' Web Tier water dispenser.

General Press Release

ComputerWorld article

Tuesday Aug 14, 2007

Forrester review of Sun in the App Server Market

Forrester has published a review of Sun's offerings in the App Server market. Generally a positive review I think:

What a difference 18 months makes. Sun Microsystems trailed the field in our 2004 evaluation of application server platforms and is a solid Strong Performer in this year's evaluation. Sun's platform grew substantially with its acquisition of SeeBeyond, and the company has spent about a year integrating those products with its Java Enterprise System (ES) modules. The SeeBeyond products, now called the Sun Java Composite Application Platform Suite (CAPS), provide very strong SOA, integration, and business process management (BPM) features relative to the competition. Sun's platform products don't yet have the "extreme battle testing" of IBM and BEA Systems, with the exception of its Web and Directory Servers.
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