Friday Jan 29, 2010

Oracle and Sun Middleware Resources

For my last blog entry here, I thought I'd post a few links for those wondering where they can get more information about Oracle's plans for Sun's middleware offerings.

Oracle hosted a 5 hour event on Wednesday where executives covered all of the plans for Sun's products at a high level.  You can take a look at all of the webcasts and presentations but for Sun's middleware customers, pay close attention to Thomas Kurian's webcast and presentation.

Subsequently, detailed strategy webcasts were made available providing deeper insight into the strategy and plans including timelines for continued support of existing Sun products.  Those of most interest to Sun's middleware customers will be the Application Server, SOA, Identity Management, and Developer Tools webcasts.

As far as my blogging going forward goes, you'll be able to find me at

Monday Nov 16, 2009

links for 2009-11-16: Google and Governments; AT&T on Sun's Cloud; GlassFish and Egyptian Seafood

Thursday Oct 29, 2009

New Releases of GlassFish Enterprise Server and GlassFish Communications Server

Yesterday, we released new versions of two of the products in our GlassFish Portfolio, delivering on what we announced a few weeks ago at Oracle Open World.

The first is GlassFish Enterprise Server 2.1.1.  This is a minor release but includes some important bug fixes and updates to several component packages including JSF, Grizzly, Jersey, and  OpenMQ.  More details are on the community wiki.

Building upon GlassFish Enterprise Server 2.1.1 is GlassFish Communications Server v2.  Built in open-source in the Sailfin community, this product provides a robust Java EE and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) convergence platform and in this release adds SIP session replication, Diameter support, and more.  Eduardo has a nice summary in The Aquarium.

You may download GlassFish Enterprise Server 2.1.1 or GlassFish Communications Server v2 so give them a try.  If you want more info or are interested in getting commercial support, added features, and more, contact us or try our online chat with someone that can help you.

Monday Oct 12, 2009

links for 2009-10-12: T-Mobile loses data; Stolen OS ideas; Sun at OOW; Windows 7 boot times

Friday Oct 09, 2009

links for 2009-10-9: Mickos letter to EU; Dell and Android; AT&T and VoIP

Wednesday Jul 15, 2009

links for 2009-7-15: Azure pricing higher than Amazon; Google Voice on your phone; Google Calendar features

Friday Jan 09, 2009

links for 2009-1-9: Webzzle using Sun open-source

Saturday Oct 18, 2008

Observations from a trip to Europe

I had the opportunity to travel to Munich for our EMEA Horizons event last week and had a fabulous set of meetings with our customers and partners sharing with them information, plans, and roadmaps around our products while hearing how they are using our products and what features and capabilities they are most interested in. All in all, a very worthwhile trip.

What the trip also allowed me to do was to experience travel and other behaviors in other countries and how they differ or compare to the United States, and perhaps see what we can learn from them.

The first thing one will notice of course is that passengers are treated differently (well?) on international flights and given a real meal (or several) for no extra charge. I even requested a special meal and found it quite tasty and satisfying (for airplane food) and would recommend that one look at what special meals are available and request one when flying internationally.

I had a connection in Amsterdam on my way to Munich, and something that is done at Schiphol airport is that escalators have motion sensors and turn off when not needed. This is a great idea, particularly for escalators that aren't in high traffic areas (this one was at a gate), but would seem like a very simple addition to any escalator that would help save energy costs. As you will read below, I found other cases where Europe seems to be more energy conscious than we are.

When going through security at European airports, they seem to be much more lax about making sure you remove liquids, shoes, coats, coins, etc. before going through the metal detector. I recall a trip a couple years ago where at London City Airport I was allowed to keep my heavy coat on with cell phone in pocket and nothing was triggered! On this trip I still followed US procedure out of habit, although the last time I went through security coming back at Schiphol I elected to leave my running shoes on (which have always been fine back in the day when I was allowed to keep them on in the states) and was just fine. To be fair this did vary someone from airport to airport (and even different sections of security at the same airport) but in general it was not surprising to see someone go through the detector and set it off. What was surprising is that when this happened, rather than sending the person back to remove things and go through again, they just elected to wand them down right there. It slowed the line down a bit but perhaps less than making everyone follow a strict procedure?

As I had time when I arrived, I took the opportunity to take public transportation rather than taking a taxi, both to save money (€9.20 vs €56!) and to experience a bit more of the culture. I couldn't figure out the automated ticket machine so did queue up to buy the ticket, but once I had it it was a nice and painless trip with one train change to a stop right in front of the Sun office. If you do have the time, I highly recommend using public transportation when visiting Europe rather than just hoping in a taxi.

At the Sun office in Munich, as is the case at many other Sun offices, motion sensors are used in rooms to turn lights off when not needed. What I hadn't seen at other Sun offices is that this was applied to halls too, taking the energy consciousness a step further. Another cool thing at the Sun office is that when there is a door in the hallway, there is a sticker on the door with both an arrow indicating the direction the door opens (away or towards you) but they are also color coded with red for towards you (warning, it can open towards you) or green for away from you. Very nifty idea that address those situations when you approach a door and don't know which way it opens so you can avoid the push or pull that is met with resistance.

At the hotel, the eco-friendliness was continued with the hallways having motion sensors, again saving what would otherwise be wasted energy. I have to wonder why this isn't done more widely in the US. Of course, the hotel also had a doorway to the stairwell that was 1.85 meters tall, and at 6'2" I am 1.88 meters and alas I did hit my head once. Ouch.

Some other observations were lots and lots of Audi's, Mercedes, Volkswagen's, and other interesting cars in Germany (the taxi's are very nice cars!), feeling safe on the autobahn while driving 150 kph (very nice, perhaps that is why the taxi's are high end cars), friendly people, and too much more to try to detail here.

Saturday Sep 20, 2008

links for 2008-9-20

Sunday May 04, 2008

links for 2008-5-4

Wednesday Jan 16, 2008

Sun, MySQL, Oracle, and BEA

It has been a busy news day!

To start with, the on/off again BEA acquisition by Oracle is now on again. See my previous post for what this could mean, but it is still early and there are many questions about what it is going to mean to Oracle's middleware and both Oracle and BEA customers. Some of the early quotes are interesting however.

Larry Ellison says at one point:
"...customers can choose among Oracle and BEA middleware products, knowing that those products will gracefully interoperate and be supported for years to come.”
This sounds like they are acknowledging that they have overlap and that they don't plan on rationalizing that overlap for "years to come".

Alfred Chuang states:
“our two businesses are a natural fit.”
but then says the companies will work on a
“comprehensive integration plan”
It all seems a bit confusing with products continuing for years to come, but being a natural fit, but needing a comprehensive integration plan. We will all be interested to see what happens.

The other big news of course is Sun's acquisition of MySQL. There has been a lot written on this of course including: I'm excited about it as it will provide a variety of opportunities for the Java Composite Application Platform Suite (CAPS) which is Sun's SOA and Composite Application product offering. With MySQL, Sun now has a complete software stack from the operating system to Java to Software Infrastructure (i.e. middleware) including an application server, identity products, and an integration platform with Java CAPS, the majority already in open source with nearly all new development taking place in open source. This last point is a key differentiator against the competition.

Stay tuned for updates on how the MySQL acquisition can create more value for Java CAPS customers.

Thursday Jan 03, 2008

links for 2008-1-3

Thursday Aug 16, 2007

Solaris, Java CAPS, and Coopetition

I'm certainly not the only one blogging about today's announcement that IBM will distribute and Support Solaris on IBM hardware, after all Jonathan did too. But perhaps I have a different twist from others.

This is a classic case of coopetition, but Sun's cooperating with competitors does not extend to just IBM with Solaris but to many others as well. Specifically with Sun's software infrastructure (aka middleware) we support a wide variety of operating systems and platforms, specifically our Java Composite Application Platform Suite supports AIX, HP-UX, Linux, and Windows and we are committed to doing so going forward and our competitors middleware runs on Solaris (WebLogic, AquaLogic, Fusion, JBoss, WebSphere). And the innovation we are doing around integration in Project Open ESB has binaries even available for Mac OS X (which is great since that's what I use!).

As Jonathan was quoted as saying today, "Our view is when you make your products available on other people's platforms, you just meet more customers, which just gives you more opportunities".

Tuesday Jul 03, 2007

SYS-CON 2007 SOA World Readers Choice Awards

A colleague of mine informed me that SYS-CON announced their 2007 SOA World Reader's Choice Awards and upon reading through them I was pleased to see that a number of Sun products were listed including:

Monday Apr 02, 2007

April Fools at Sun

It is a time honored tradition at Sun to play an April fools joke on some execs, and this years is pretty good. Have a look.



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