Monday Sep 17, 2007

GlassFish V2 released with cost-efficient annual subscriptions

There is a good reason for the rather long pause at The Clingan Zone. As mentioned previously, I moved out of the field and into corporate as the GlassFish Group Product Manager. In that role, I have been working in the background doing my part to help move GlassFish V2 towards the goal line. As of today, we've crossed that line. GlassFish V2 is formally released!!

GlassFish V1, the first Java EE 5 application server available, focused on developers with Java EE 5 ease-of-development features, low resource consumption, dynamic resource configuration, etc.  GlassFish V2 adds out-of-the-box enterprise features. In particular:

  • Clustering - Cluster for scalability high-availability. New to GlassFish V2 is in-memory session replication for high availability; robust and easy to set up. For 5 9's of availability Sun continues to offer HADB.
  • Advanced administration - From a centralized GUI console (or  CLI) users can manage and monitor the clusters and applications. Clusters can be created and grown dynamically to meet user demand.
  • Best-in-class performance - GlassFish V2 offers great performance and is the fastest open source application server available. In fact, GlassFish V2 is 10% faster than BEA WebLogic 9.x on the same hardware (compare here and here).
  • Microsoft .NET 3.0 Web services Interoperability - At it's core,  Project Metro offers industry-leading web services performance with JAX-WS. In addition, Sun (through Project Metro) and Microsoft have worked together to ensure secure, reliable, transactional and high performance web services interoperability between Java EE and Microsoft .NET 3.0.

Enterprise features do not compromise ease-of-use. To date the feedback we have received on ease-of-use has been overwhelmingly positive, especially for clustered deployments. Ease-of-use will be a top-level theme for GlassFish V3 (more on that in a later post).

Sun's commercially available counterpart to GlassFish V2, the Sun Java System Application Server 9.1, is offered with new annual subscriptions for support, including live transfer for issues impacting production availability. In fact, we have dropped prices by up to 75% to be in line with other open source offerings. Yep, you can buy online. Note, GlassFish V2 is at feature parity with the Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 - we're not penalizing the open source community for committing to open source bits.  However, if production support is required to reduce the impact of production issues, we have your back. With great out-of-the-box enterprise features and cost-efficient pricing, the Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 offer a great value proposition whether you are an enterprise looking to drive down costs or a startup looking for a low barrier to entry.

Download GlassFish V2 or Sun's commercialized counterpart, the Sun Java System Application Server 9.1. Take it for a spin. Have questions? Check the documentation or the FAQ on how to get help.

Saturday Mar 31, 2007

I quit my job

Yes, it's true. After 10 years at Sun I have finally quit my job. Why? Well, I have been in sales for 8 of those years and have enjoyed it quite a bit. I have been looking for something new. Roughly two years ago, I started consulting for customers around Solaris, SOA and JES. While I have met some great folks and learned a lot from them, something just hasn't seemed right. I think it's my lingering mid-life crisis :) It's hard to say goodbye to sooo many I have worked so closely with so many years. Sigh. The question is what to do now.

I'm too much of a wimp to be a test pilot. Too short to play pro-basketball. Too heavy to be a jockey. I've got a face for podcasting and a voice for blogging - and I sure can't make a living doing it. Hrumph. I do know English, but the travel looks to be a killer. Sure am glad I have a  backup plan.

To be honest - it is April 1st after all -  I already have a solid backup plan. In fact, it's a done deal. "Quitting my job" is a bit of an exaggeration. It's more of a role shift. I'll be the Glassfish Product Manager when I get back from my vacation. Yep, I'm on vacation next week. Yeeee-haaaawwww!!

Technically, I did say goodbye to my co-workers. But I also said "See ya' in a week". The Clingan Zone will be more quite than normal during that time. When I get back, I'll be blogging a bit more about Glassfish and Java EE and a bit less about Solaris Containers & Zones. No worries, you'll have to pull Zones from my cold, dying virtual hands. In my new role I get to pretty much dump Windows and go back to Solaris.

I have been living a bit of a double life. While I have been blogging about Zones quite a bit, I have also been working with customers on deploying the Sun Application Server within zones.  That's where posts such as this, this, this, this, etc originated. Ssoooo why Product Management? I'm spreading my wings, getting a broader taste of Sun. Something completely different. Ya' know, a bit closer to the inner workings. Hopefully it's not like finding out how hot dogs are made :)

I'll have the benefit of working more closely with link-master Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart and Glassfish evangelists Alexis and Jamey, in addition to Ken, newbie blogger and Sun-keeps-pulling-me-back-in Tom. Sreeram, Jerome, Rich, Peter, and a host of others. I'll be working for Paul, so make sure you send him lots of email saying very nice things about me and be nice when you leave comments on The Clingan Zone :) I've been transitioning into the role slowly as I transition slowly out of my prior role. Yikes, there is a lot to do, but I'm up for it. The team is highly energetic and supportive. I'm bucklin' up because I'm in for one hell of a ride.

Sssooo, did I get ya' with the April 1st twist? Hey, it's not as bad as this one, is it?

Happy April 1st! 


Monday Mar 19, 2007

Attracting Open Source talent

I'm not the first to bring this up (not even close), but Ian Murdock has joined Sun. He's not the first participant to do so. Semi-newbie employees include JRuby studs Charles Nutter and Thomas Enebo.  I've got this gut feel there's more to come. Nope, no insider info. Just an ever-expanding gut, so when I get a gut feeling, I notice it.

So what is the "source" of this gut feeling? There is simply no other company doing sssooo much with Open Source today. Part of our strategy is to Open Source our IP and build new communities. Another is to strengthen ties with existing open source communities. Hiring from the outside is a good way of strengthening those ties. It lends us some "kick-start" credibility in those communities, although "more complete and consistent" credibility still needs to be earned. External hiring adds to Sun a better understanding of  the culture of those communities and even impacts the Sun culture over time.

Personally, I think there is a lot Sun can offer to active Open Source participants looking for a change. In case you were wondering, you can can look for a role at Sun that may be of interest to you. I don't know if we had an opening for a "Chief Operating Platforms Officer", but when you've got access to talent that fits a need and that talent can make a difference, 'ya simply go for it :)


John Clingan-Oracle


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