C2B2 offers Glassfish support by Steve Millidge
By Juergenkress-Oracle on Dec 18, 2013
Oracle have just announced that commercial support for GlassFish
4 will not be available from Oracle. In light of this announcement I
thought I would put together some thoughts about how I see this
I think the key word in this announcement is "commercial", nowhere does Oracle announce the "death of GlassFish" in contrary Oracle reaffirm;
GlassFish Server Open Source Edition
continues to be the strategic foundation for Java EE reference
implementation going forward. And for developers, updates will be
delivered as needed to continue to deliver a great developer experience
for GlassFish Server Open Source Edition so GlassFish is not about to go
away soon. In a similar fashion RedHat do not provide commercial
support for WildFly and only provide commercial support for JBoss EAP.
Admittedly JBoss EAP and WildFly are much closer together than GlassFish
and WebLogic but WildFly and JBoss EAP are absolutely NOT the same
The key going forward to the viability of GlassFish as a production platform is how the GlassFish community develops;
- How often does the community release binary builds?
- How open is the community to bug fixes?
- How much engineering resource does Oracle commit to GlassFish?
At this stage we just don't know the answers to these questions.
If the GlassFish open source project continues on it's current trajectory without a commercial support offering then I don't see much of a problem. Oracle just have to work harder to sell migration paths to WebLogic in the same way as RedHat have to sell migration paths from WildFly to JBoss EAP.
In the meantime C2B2 continues to offer support
for your operational JEE applications running on GlassFish and we will
endeavour to work with the community to get any bugs fixed. The key
difference is we can no longer back our Expert Support with a support
contract from Oracle for patches and fixes for any release greater than
3.x. Read the complete article here.
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