Sun Java Enterprise System - Incrementally Improving a Winning Program

The Sun Java Enterprise System remains Sun’s flagship software infrastructure offering in which all products are made available through a cost-effective subscription model that Sun pioneered. Over the past 5 years, the program has grown to serve approximately 2 million employees in thousands of enterprises all over the world. With this experience, Sun has established a number of best-practices enabling us to engineer a wide variety of products with consistent quality and market-leading capabilities. Today, Sun is announcing some additional improvements to enable the Java Enterprise System to be even more efficient.

While most aspects of Java Enterprise System will remain the same, such as existing entitlements, the new improvements will enable more frequent releases of component products while maintaining the same cross-product interoperability and quality attributes. Historically, Java Enterprise System was delivered as a single monolithic release, such as Java Enterprise System 5 in September 2007. In this release model, all component products were tested and released at the same time. Starting in 2008, however, Java Enterprise System will transition to a set of independent releases where new features can be delivered to our customers on a more frequent basis. Some products will be released independently while others will be released as a collection. Regardless of the release model, Java Enterprise System customers will receive updates to their Sun products faster than before, with the same or better quality.

In addition to more frequent releases, Sun Java Enterprise System will be adding a number of convenience features for installing, maintaining and configuring component products. Among these improvements are the ability to install multiple instances of a given software product on a single system as well as allowing easy non-root installations for administrators. The new Sun Update Center will enable users to easily check for updates, patches or extensions to the products that they already have installed. These usability enhancements will not only reduce the TCO of Java Enterprise System, but will also ensure that all beneficiaries are enjoying the latest enhancements of each component product.

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