Reflecting on GlassFish @ Javaone

This is a first. 5 days of JavaOne and I only attended 2.5 sessions. I spent time meeting customers, partners and doing booth duty. I've mentioned a couple of times the passion of the GlassFish team. While the sign-up sheet was split into 2-hour shifts, many worked the booth far more than that. Being new to the role of GlassFish Product Manager, I am eager to talk to folks. Here's a summary of what I saw and heard (in no particular order):

  • JavaOne generated tremendous awareness of GlassFish. Great booth activity. Being next to the NetBeans booth helped :-)
  • Many GlassFish V1 users wanting to learn of GlassFish V2 features, especially in-memory replication, as well as GlassFish V3 modules and enhanced multi-language support. Note, multi-language capability is available today through Phobos.
  • Many already using GlassFish in production, wanting to understand support options
  • Lots of interest from those with appservers already in production, wanting to move to an open source Java EE application server. Most are evaluating GlassFish, JBoss and Geronimo.
  • GlassFish Day was well attended. When you see Jerome getting into the gory details of GlassFish V3 modules and the room remaining packed, followed by him being overwhelmed at the podium afterwards, you know your on to something. This is a good leading indicator of what is to come from the growing GlassFish community.
  • Impressive sales leads
  • Strong interest from ISVs in joining partner ecosystem.
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