Communications Suite 5 and Java ES: The Parting of the Ways

Just a heads-up about the forthcoming Communications Suite 5 release, in case you've missed it: Comms in no longer part of Java ES. So, all the Comms Suite 5 products--Messaging Server 6.3, Calendar Server 6.3, Instant Messaging 7.2--aren't part of the Java ES 5 bundle, and they won't be part of a Java ES bundle going forward. You'll download a separate Comms software bundle now, once we make it available. In addition, there will be separate Comms Install and Upgrade Guides. In the past, this information was included in the Java ES docs.

Here's the official statement that will appear in the docs:

Change in Availability of Communications Suite Products

Beginning with this release of Communications Suite 5, communications products are being removed from the Sun Java Enterprise System entitlement. Communications products are available as part of the Communications Suite or as individual products. Communications products will no longer be installed through the Java Enterprise System installer. Communications product components continue to interoperate with Java Enterprise System components.

This change in entitlement does not affect the communications products in Java Enterprise System 2005Q4. If you have communication products installed, no change will occur to your entitlement.

Comments:

While this makes sense from a release schedule perspective, this does bring up a few questions: 1) If a company is currently subscribed to the full JES stack (at $150/user/year), do they continue to be entitled to the new comms stack as well as JES5 or did they just loose the entitlement to the comm stack portion? 2) Is the new comm stack still part of the "red october" 'use it for free as long as you dont call us' announcement

Posted by John on March 16, 2007 at 02:07 AM MDT #

1) If a company is currently subscribed to the full JES stack (at $150/user/year), do they continue to be entitled to the new comms stack as well as JES5 or did they just loose the entitlement to the comm stack portion? In this situation, the current contract is honored. Note that the company is entitled to Comms based on its prior JES contract, but you now get the software differently, that is, outside of the JES bundle. Also, when the JES contract expires, then the company would no longer be entitled to Comms. HTH.

Posted by guest on March 16, 2007 at 07:27 AM MDT #

2) Is the new comm stack still part of the "red october" 'use it for free as long as you dont call us' announcement You can download and use the software for free. If you want to be supported you need to buy a software license and buy support. HTH

Posted by J. Sciallo on March 16, 2007 at 07:29 AM MDT #

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