Friday Jun 26, 2009

Sun Middleware Success Stories

As we near the end of our Q4 our sales force in going full bore on closing deals to help continue the great momentum we've built up around our middleware this year (see the FY09 growth numbers in the "MySQL / Infrastructure" row of slide 5 of the Q3 financial slides).  But selling software to customers is not where it ends as each customer is buying the software to help solve a business problem and deliver an ROI and business value for their organization.  That is why it is rewarding to see the success stories our terrific reference team publishes on

A sampling of some of the recent published stories includes:

  •  Medavie Blue Cross - Implemented an SOA built with Sun products and technologies including GlassFish ESB, OpenSSO, and NetBeans in order to simplify application development and integration increasing agility and flexibility.  Listen to the podcast to learn more.
  • TravelMuse - Innovative travel and vacation site saved $200K in licensing costs and cut hosting costs by 50% through their use of GlassFish Enterprise Server, MySQL Enterprise, and other Sun software and hardware.  They too generously created a podcast.
  • Pretium Telecom - Using GlassFish Enterprise Server and GlassFish ESB, Pretium replaced its existing SOA infrastructure with an open-source model that provides all of the required functionality in a less complex, more flexible framework accelerating development cycles 50% and cutting TCO 50%.
  • Equifax - Using the full spectrum of software from Sun under a Java Enterprise System subscription, from GlassFish Enterprise Server to the Portal Server to OpenSSO to Identity Manager, Equifax cut costs, increased revenue, and streamlined audits.
  • Bâloise Insurance - Using Identity Manager, Bâloise created an integrated platform for assigning and approving access based on employee business roles gaining transparency into business and IT roles and reducing provisioning time.
This is just a few of the success stories that we have.  Browse the site to see more.


Tuesday Jun 16, 2009

GlassFish ESB Continues to Grow

GlassFish ESB was released earlier this year and included as part of GlassFish Portfolio, but that was just the start as a new minor release, v2.1, has just been made available that continues what was started and adds in some important new capabilities.  A sampling of those includes:

  • Clustering for all components is now supported.
  • The Intelligent Event Processor (IEP) for performing complex event processing is now included in the installer.
  • The Scheduler BC is also included in the installer.
  • Support for NetBeans has been updated to version 6.5.1.
  • The included and supported GlassFish Enterprise Server has been updated to v2.1 and AIX is now supported.
  • Numerous other enhancements to existing components that you can read in the release notes.
If you'd like to learn more, visit any of the links above or download the software.  And if you are interested in being on the bleeding edge and would like to see what is coming in the future, visit Project Fuji where a lighter weight, OSGi based platform is being worked on that blends in scripting and simpler ways to implement an ESB.


Monday Apr 13, 2009

links for 2009-4-13: NHIN and GlassFish/OpenESB/Sun, Apple Tax?, Windows on decline?

Monday Feb 09, 2009

links for 2009-2-9: GlassFish ESB, OpenSSO

Monday Dec 15, 2008

links for 2008-12-15: MySQL 5.1, OpenSolaris 2008.11, Open Source SOA

Wednesday Jul 30, 2008

Open Source News

There has been quite a bit of open-source news the past week or so.

First, OpenSSO Express was announced at OSCON last week. This provides support for milestone builds from the OpenSSO community to licensees of Access Manager giving even greater flexibility to organizations looking to take advantage of open-source development and innovation. We think this model can apply to Java CAPS and Open ESB as well so let us know what you think!

Second, we announced an Enterprise LAMP Stack for Solaris and Linux, including the open-sourcing of the core components of our Web Server and Web Proxy offerings under the BSD license.

Last, Jonathan blogged about open-source and LinkedIn's use of MySQL. I particularly liked this paragraph:
"I'm seeing this with nearly every customer I meet, the invisible hand of open source - communities of individuals equally devoted to their employers, and to personal and peer productivity. These communities, within companies as well as across industries, are solving problems without having to involve procurement (while religiously adhering to policies surrounding privacy, intellectual property protection and software licensing). They're delivering unquestionable value."
as well as:
"Most progressive CIO's are trying to embrace this trend rather than fight it, figuring out how they can mandate as little as possible, not as much as possible - selecting only the most critical policies and standards to drive efficiency or compliance."
We are in a new open-source world and it is time to embrace it. You can do so by joining any number of our communities whether it is GlassFish, Open ESB, Mural, OpenSSO, OpenDS, OpenSolaris, or others.

Monday Jun 16, 2008

Java CAPS 6 Launched

It has now been a week since we launched the Sun Java Composite Application Platform Suite (CAPS) Release 6 so I thought I'd share some of the feedback we are getting from the press and analysts

Many of the reports just regurgitate our press release and thus aren't terribly interesting. Several have gone into more depth though including:
  • Sun Releases JCAPS 6 with MDM Suite - John Waters from ADT quotes Dan Sholler of Gartner as saying "The attitude toward open source has definitely changed in the recent past. More companies are taking open source solutions seriously for mission critical situations. Sun might be poised to take advantage of that change."
  • Sun Java CAPS chugs down SOA open source track - Rich Seeley of writes an article with quotes from us as well as Brad Shimmin from Current Analysis saying "The two most important things in addition to the JBI modularization are Sun's shipment of an MDM suite that is itself JBI-based and built on top of the company's ESB as well as its CEP tool, which is built into the ESB suite".
  • Sun bolsters SOA software with data management - Paul Krill focuses on our new MDM Suite.
  • Sun touts open integration platform - Rosalie Marshall quotes Neil Ward-Dutton from Macehiter Ward-Dutton "Now Sun is showing remaining SeeBeyond Customers it still has a commitment to the integration software". And to his comment that Java CAPS is too large for small and medium sized companies and the community, that is what our ESB Suite and Open ESB are for!
  • Sun Unveils Java CAPS 6, Master Data Management Suite - IT News Online quotes Java CAPS customer Vince Blanchard from Medavie Blue Cross saying "Lock-in with any vendor is a top concern for us. Sun's implementation of the pluggable Java Business Integration (JBI) standard combined with its open source strategy within Open ESB and Java CAPS have addressed this concern for us."

  • Thursday May 08, 2008

    JavaOne Observations

    I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that my flight is woefully delayed (5:30 scheduled departure, now supposed to be 9:44), but the good news is that it gives me a chance to capture some of my observations from JavaOne (ok, I tend to be an optimist :))

    I spent the last 4 days attending CommunityOne and then JavaOne. I also managed to sneak in going to the Cardinal Invitational track meet Sunday evening but that is another forthcoming blog entry.

    CommunityOne was great, with more attendees this year than last (a free event the day before thousands of developers descend upon San Francisco tends to result in growth) and some exciting news about OpenSolaris 200805. Yes, it appears Sun is reverting to year/month release naming, at least in this case, but I think it makes sense where you have more of a milestone release cadence as figuring out what is a major or minor release is not an issue this way. Regardless of what it is called, it does look very exciting and I'm in the process of installing it on my Mac in a VirtualBox VM. In fact, it really is installing as I write this! More on this in another forthcoming blog entry.

    Tuesday brought JavaOne and Sun's keynote. I tried to twitter (tweet?) during the event so you can see some observations here, Amazon showed up to show off the Kindle, and I must say I'm surprised it isn't color. Yes, written text tends to be black and white, but books and rich media today (it can show images/photos/etc.) isn't, so this seems like a shortcoming. There were a number of very sexy looking JavaFX demos building upon what was announced at JavaOne last year. There were also announcements about the latest and greatest Java SE 6 updates including a "consumer" one that will make the footprint of Java SE smaller making it more accessible to more folks and devices which will only help getting Java FX on more devices.

    Tuesday also brought the opening of the JavaOne Pavilion where we had pods for Java CAPS, our new open-source MDM community Mural, Event Processing, and our next generation lighter weight and OSGi compliant JBI runtime that is part of Project Fuji in Open ESB. Fuji introduces anew way to map out integration flows in a simple declarative language. On Wednesday I managed to attend a great session by Andi and Keith on Fuji.

    I also had the opportunity to speak with several analysts and press about what we are doing in open-source and with Java CAPS and received very favorable feedback. I was pleased to see several of the folks I spoke with showing up at some of the sessions on our technologies and projects.

    So, now I sit here waiting for my flight (10 minutes to boarding supposedly), but am glad I was able to attend another great JavaOne. In a way I'm already looking forward to next year when we'll get to show more about Fuji, event processing, and who knows what else. Stay tuned!

    Monday Mar 31, 2008

    Pluggability Rules

    I came across and article from a Java Developers Journal e-mail titled "In the Future, the Desktop Will Become the Enterprise Front End - Enterprise Widgets: The Story So Far" that I found very interesting. It covers a bit of history of widgets on the desktop and how Apple first introduced the idea in 1983, but it was really the internet that enabled offerings like Konfabulator (Yahoo! Widgets) and Apple's own Dashboard.

    It goes on to discuss the applicability of widgets in the enterprise but makes several observations that sound eerily familiar to those working on Open ESB:
    "What is needed is an enterprise widget ecosystem. The ecosystem would have to be portable across the most common desktop operating systems and it would need to be backend agnostic."
    "At the same time, however, the ability to link widgets together so that widgets can act as data feeds for other widgets ... is also important."
    "For one thing each widget could evolve separately so that you could update functionality without having to do a huge application release. The narrow focus of widgets also makes testing, maintenance, and development a lot easier."
    All of this is exactly what Open ESB is doing, just around an integration platform, rather than for desktop widgets.
    • There is an ecosystem developing components ranging from BPEL and XSLT Service Engines to RSS and XMPP Binding Components according to the JBI specification providing for portability across runtimes.
    • JBI enables the components to connect together in a standards based way so that a developer can say use any Binding Component to feed data to the Intelligent Event Processor Service Engine or any other combination one can think of.
    • Many of the components are being developed in a common community, and some in other communities or by other vendors, but all can evolve and mature on their own schedule, and because they plug in to a standards based platform they can be released or made available as they are ready without having to have a full release of everything else.
    Our customers of the Java Composite Application Platform Suite will soon realize these benefits as our upcoming release aligns with the development taking place in Open ESB.

    Pluggability rules!

    Tuesday Mar 18, 2008

    Is Open-Source "Freetarded"?

    Is open-source "freetarded"? I just ran across an article by Christopher Keene pointing out that open-source has to be about more than free and that vendors have to start thinking that way. And he is absolutely correct!

    If software is only free, you are addressing only part of having software be valuable and having a low TCO. As the article above points out, if you can't get the software installed and working, or you can't find talent to be able to work with the software, that "free" software starts to get pretty expensive.

    In order to fully deliver on the promise of open-source, software must have three qualities:
    1. Free and easy access - This is kind of assumed with open-source, but must be stated so we don't forget it. For most users it isn't about the source, but rather is about free and easy access to a binary or distribution. While I have to confess that I have downloaded source and built my own binaries for a variety of apps and even newer versions of Linux kernels (and I'm probably even proud of this fact), most users don't have the aptitude or desire to do that, so having binaries is a must.
    2. Easy to use - This is extremely important and sometimes forgotten with open-source projects. If you download something and can't get it installed, or after installation can't get it configured or working, you can end up wasting a significant amount of time losing the "free" aspect of the software. Worse, if that initial experience is bad you may not come back again to try it and worse yet, word of mouth and hmmm, blogging, can spread the word about a product being difficult to use very quickly.
    3. Vibrant community - This last piece is also very important. Without it you don't get the collaboration and feedback that help drive innovation and help make the software better. Furthermore, if there is no community, adoption suffers and that leads to small pools of talent resulting in higher costs for organizations wanting to use the software.
    You only have to look as far as the Apache Web Server and Apache Tomcat, or more recently GlassFish to see examples of where these three qualities have led to successful open-source projects that have had and are gaining widespread adoption and use and have driven down TCO for organizations that are implementing the software. And while it isn't as large or mature as those mentioned, Open ESB is also applying the qualities to create a successful open-source project.

    A related question that deserves its own blog entry but I'll mention here is, if software is free, how does a vendor make any money off it? See Mark's blog from some recent interaction with our customers to see their views on paying for "free" open-source software, and stay tuned for more on the subject.

    Tuesday Feb 05, 2008

    Open ESB Activity

    I've blogged about Project Open ESB several times before (here, here, and here), but it is been awhile so I thought I'd give an update.

    The community continues to grow with many Sun and non-Sun committers collaborating together, some individuals, and some representing companies and community partners. A few key partners that have contributed numerous components are Imola and Gestalt LLC (recently acquired by Accenture). Imola is working on CICS and CORBA Binding Components and Gestalt is working on RSS, SIP, UDDI, and XMPP Binding Components as well as Encoding Service Engine.

    You will have noticed some interesting looking components in the list, probably not the typical type of adapters you'd expect to see for a traditional integration offering. But that is what is great about community and open-source development as well as a testament to what a platform built on an open standard like JBI enables. Anyone can build a component for whatever protocol, system, or function they desire and have it plug into the platform and benefit from everything else that also plugs into the platform. Additionally, this is an indication that "traditional integration" is changing to adapt to the "Web 2.0" world and protocols that it brings. Just think about the applications for incorporating RSS and XMPP into your integration or composite applications.

    But it isn't just about components from community partners. Sun is building numerous components from BPEL 2.0 and XSLT Service Engines to a variety of Binding Components for JDBC, JMS, E-mail, SAP, and more. A particularly interesting new Service Engine is the Intelligent Event Processor that provides for receiving and processing real-time events to aggregate, correlate, and monitor them to support a variety of new applications built on an Event Driven Architecture. And because it is a JBI component, and can benefit from all the Binding Components as a way to receive events and send notifications and it doesn't have to have custom mechanisms for that.

    There are many more components being developed so visit the site and take a look. We welcome all feedback so I encourage you to download a recent build, try it out, and collaborate with the community at what ever level you'd like.

    Wednesday Dec 12, 2007

    NetBeans 6 Released

    NetBeans 6 has released!

    I'm excited about this release not only because of the great work that has been done in NetBeans itself (leading Java EE 5 support, inclusion of what was in the Visual Web Pack and Enterprise Pack, easy to use GUI builder, Ruby/Rails support, and much much more) but also because this is the release of NetBeans that the Java Composite Application Platform Suite is going to build on starting with our next release. Previews of what is to come can be found at Project Open ESB.

    What this means is that in the future we will be bringing together the traditional Java SE/EE developers and Integration/SOA/CompApp developers together in a single common IDE allowing them to have the best of both worlds. We have already been providing previews of this since NetBeans 5.5 through the Java EE 5 SDK Tools Bundle and other related downloads.

    I encourage you to take a look at NetBeans 6 and Project Open ESB and get familiar with them and give us feedback.

    Sunday Oct 28, 2007

    The Value of Open Source

    I've been casually following the discussion between Sun and NetApp about various file system patents and ZFS and happened upon a blog about it that had a fantastic quote on the value of open source.

    "Just as New York's public Central Park makes all the private property around it more valuable, public open source communities and foundational software only enrich innovation and the markets for new products."

    This is a great metaphor I hadn't seen used in this way but hits the nail on the head. Open source isn't just about taking one's closed source code and making it available in the "open" (that would be Visible Source), rather it is developing and innovating in the community which benefits many.

    This is exactly what we are doing in Project Open ESB as we are developing in collaboration with the community and there are many non-Sun organizations and individuals that are committers in the project. Come take a look and join us.

    Monday Aug 13, 2007

    JBI Ecosystem Growing with CICS Binding Component

    I came across a great article on JBI and CICS on written by our friends at Gruppo Imola.

    Imola is a member of the Project Open ESB community and is developing several JBI components there including a CICS Binding Component which is the topic of the article they've written. But they've also worked on a CORBA Binding Component that is in a similar state of development to the CICS BC.

    Tuesday Jul 10, 2007

    World class performance for GlassFish and Java CAPS

    There have been a flurry of e-mails within Sun now that SPEC has officially published the latest SPECjAppServer results for GlassFish on a Sun T2000. The summary is that GlassFish achieved 883.66 JOPS which exceeds all other app servers results on the same hardware. See Rich's and Eduardo's blogs for more details.

    The big reason I'm excited is that this is going to benefit Java Composite Application Platform Suite users in the near future as we add support for GlassFish (App Server 9.1) in an upcoming release. But you don't have to wait to be able to use what is being developed to try it out for yourself as preview and development builds are available as Project Open ESB today.

    Update: See the On The Record blog for more information about this performance milestone.



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