Thursday May 07, 2009

Congratulations OpenSSO -- “Best innovation” Award

Just wanted to pass along the news that OpenSSO has been awarded the Best Innovation Award by Kuppinger Cole

In the category “Best innovation”, the award went to the OpenSSO initative, founded and supported by Sun Microsystems. Their project, OpenSSO Fedlet has provided a lean solution for the Identity Federation.

Congratulations to Daniel, Pat and team.

Tuesday Apr 28, 2009

Which Application Server to use with MySQL?

At the MySQL User Conference last week I had a number of attendees come up to me to ask which application server they should be using with MySQL. They were looking for something that was fast, lightweight and compatible. To me the choice was obvious -- GlassFish

So why GlassFish?

Project GlassFish, was launched when Sun open-sourced its application server and the Java EE Reference Implementation, was Sun's first step toward open-sourcing the entire Java platform. Less than a year after the initial launch, the GlassFish community delivered the first release of the GlassFish Application Server, a production-quality, Java EE-compliant application server, followed by a second release in 2007. Today, GlassFish is the leading open-source and open community platform for building and deploying next-generation applications and services. The GlassFish application server has been downloaded more than 18 million times since 2006.

Another choice might be Red Hat's JBoss application server that was released in 2006. Although JBoss has had some success in the past, I would caution that there are some issues around  backward compatibility and features that are not supported in the commercial release of the product. In addition it seems to be pretty far behind as far as latest features around JavaEE are concerned.

In contrast, the GlassFish application server is backward-compatible; features released today will be supported in future freely available versions as well as future Sun-supported commercial versions of GlassFish Enterprise Server. Additionally, the freely available GlassFish application server is ready for production right out of the box. For these reasons, I recommend GlassFish application server over JBoss!

Tomcat application server is extremely popular with Java developers who only want to only use servlets, but it doesn't support the full Java EE stack. So why use only a bit of Java when you can use the full reference implementation?

Wednesday Apr 15, 2009

GlassFish, LAMP and Weblogic.

Just received notification about an exciting new webinar on GlassFish and LAMP is scheduled for May 13th. (Yes we like the 13th.. lucky for some). There are many developers using LAMP out there, but I also hear from enterprises that the issue soon becomes how to support and handle the integration issues around the LAMP components. For a view of how we have solved this issue be sure to sign up here.

While you are waiting for the webinar, you might be interested in this white paper on how GlassFish can be a great alternative to WebLogic. Give it a read especially if you are looking on how to migrate your non-ERP type applications to way lower TCO offering.


Monday Apr 13, 2009

Saving Over Oracle with GlassFish ESB -- A real case study

I just spent some time reviewing what Pretium Telecom did with GlassFish ESB and their business results. Pretium Telecom is a large provider of fixed telephony in the Netherlands. The company’s 130 employees provide traditional, low-cost services to over 200,000 customers.

So what were their business benefits of using GlassFish over Oracle?

  • Accelerated development cycles by 40%–50%
  • Cut the total cost of ownership by approximately 50%
  • Gained the ability to launch a new VoIP offering three months earlier than projected
These are amazing results, but I can't say we were too shocked. Our TCO calculator might give you some insight into what you can save. On a 20 socket machine supporting 5,000 employees Oracle cost about $8M, whereas GlassFish ESB comes in at $2M.

Perhaps you are in the same place as Pertium and want to save millions, but are not sure about whether Open Source and GlassFish ESB is ready for prime time. I recommend you download GlassFish ESB and give it a try and hopefully you can be our next success story. I think Ruud de Greef, Chief Information Officer, at Pretium Telecom, says it the best:
“ In the past, we were suspicious of open source for business deployments, but there has been a big change in open-source technologies over the last couple of years. Products like GlassFish ESB and GlassFish Enterprise Server deliver a professional and reliable environment to base your business processes on. ”

Read more on Pretium Telecom here.

Friday Apr 10, 2009

Gartner's View on GlassFish from Jess Thompson

Just wanted to give you a pointer to a great article by Jess Thompson from Gartner on GlassFish Portfolio. This article does a great job of setting up the case on why enterprises should look at open source (and why they shouldn't) and how GlassFish helps address these issues...

Give it a read and let me know what you think.

If you want more details on GlassFish check out

Wednesday Apr 08, 2009

GlassFish ESB Saving Lives?

As a technology vendor, it is always interesting to see what our customers are using our technology to solve. Some projects are interesting, others border on the mundane, and yet others really have the potential to change the world. The Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) project is one of those that will have a dramatic and positive impact to millions of people. 

Imagine the possibilies and lives that will be saved by having health care records being shared between providers. Suddenly going on vacation and having to go to a strange hospital will be much safer: the doctors there will know about your ailments, drug interactions, even if you can't communicate with them. Deaths due to drugs being prescribed to patients that are alergic to them will hopefully decrease because the drug allergy information will be shared across providers. Naturally this is a complex problem to solve with many issues around privacy and security, but I am very happy to know that GlassFish ESB is at the heart of the solution.

Need more details:

Sunday Apr 05, 2009

The problem with Proprietary Middleware Stacks

There is a great saying that it took a long time to invent the wheel, but replicating it is easy! I think the main challenge with proprietary stacks is exactly this -- paying for a business model on a wheel that in its day was revolutionary, but today is old and not effective. Does your car still drive on a granite wheel -- didn't think so! The open source "wheel" has taken the best designs from the proprietary world and enhanced them, and in doing so created some great new solutions at lower costs.

What I am not suggesting is rip-and-replace! But I am suggesting you look at your whole application needs and see when open source alternatives like GlassFish will work.We have seen some really interesting cost savings by using GlassFish over the proprietary alternatives -- savings of up to $3M in some instances.

 Now before you think that open source is just for those hot web 2.0 garage startups.. consider that T-Mobile is using GlassFish with some great results.

"High availability allows us to meet our stringent uptime requirements and the Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server enables us to cost-effectively deploy new services while meeting our performance and availability requirements," said Erez Yarkoni, vice president, T-Mobile, USA.

The other issue to consider with proprietary vendors is lock-in. Basically for the proprietary vendor lock-in is key to success. With lock-in they become a sole source vendor for your needs and they can charge what they like -- and may have!

The combination of high-cost, proprietary products and vendor lock-in frequently constrains businesses from embarking on new software initiatives -- something that customers I speak to can't afford to have happen.

Additionally, the capital expenditures and associated financial risk required to deploy proprietary products can either delay the profitability gains of new software initiatives or simply prevent enterprises from attempting innovative ideas to drive new revenue streams.

For example, proprietary products from BEA Systems/Oracle are far more expensive to acquire than open-source alternatives and don't offer enterprise developers the flexibility to customize to fit the business' changing needs. Although developers can submit feedback, the cycle of development is long and, with a limited number of engineers working on the software, new features and updates are delivered much more slowly than in open source.

To ensure that problems can be addressed as quickly as possible and to reduce operational costs, enterprises can chose a comprehensive open-source platform backed by an established commercial entity that provides support and understands the interdependencies not only of that platform but of other third-party products that are already in the enterprise's IT infrastructure.

 I invite you to share your story, or read other stories from real users:

Friday Apr 03, 2009

Open Source and the Enterprise

I keep hearing from customers that I visit that cost is becoming (or has become) THE issue to deal with in 2009. More and more of these customers (and they are the large enterprises) are opening the dialog with "How do we save by using Open Source?" It is amazing that just 3-6 months ago open source was a hit and miss topic, but now it seems to be firmly in the mainstream. 

Most enterprises that are considering open-source software typically want the best product from the different categories to make up a complete Web application platform: a Web server (like Apache), an application server (like GlassFish or JBoss), scripting (like PHP and Ruby), an Enterprise Service Bus (like OpenESB or MuleSource) and a portal (like LifeRay). Adopting this approach has some significant benefits but also presents its own challenges:

  • Cost/time to integrate the disparate projects together
  • Ability to effectively patch and maintain the disparate projects
  • Support of the product if/when problems arise and who can provide a fix for the product to address business critical issues

I would love to year how you are trying to handle these challenges. I know my colleges working with the proprietary vendors have decided to declare open source more expensive than proprietary, but I find that argument nonsensical. 

I promise to publish any results here as well as how we are trying to solve this at Sun. Our approach might surprise you.. more to come...

Wednesday Aug 20, 2008

Oracle Fusion Increase Prices 40% for SOA -- Does that make sense?

Many customers and prospects I speak to today have a similar problem.. how to get the best ROI of 20% of IT spend. After all the other 80% goes to maintenance of existing systems.

The challenge is huge since the business is looking to IT to drive strategic business value and increase revenue to the company by either creating offerings that increase revenue per use (ARPU) or drive the business into new areas that result in more subscribers.

Now some proprietary software vendors have put the added squeeze on customers by arbitrarily increasing software license costs (Oracle just increased their Fusion costs  by over 40%) with no additional value add. This is absolutely amazing since there is ZERO new value just a huge increase in cost. For those customers looking for other options I recommend you try our TCO calculator at to see what Sun can save you by just changing your software vendor. In addition we promise no stupid software audits and if you decide to change you hardware topology go ahead.. again no additional costs!

Here at Sun we are about providing real business return for you by only charging you for the value we add. So if you are wanting to save over $6M on your software costs for SOA register for our SOA offering and see how much return you can create for your business.


Wednesday Jul 23, 2008

OpenSSO Huge Customer Demand

Enterprise software customers are increasingly choosing open source software because it gives them greater flexibility, access to cutting-edge technology and faster time to market. Over the past year and a half, we've seen tremendous interest and participation in the OpenSSO community from hundreds of companies around the world.

Based on customer feedback from Medavie Blue Cross, Alcatel-Lucent, and others we have been feverishly working to create OpenSSO Express, basically a completely supported and indemnified product from Sun from the OpenSSO base. Give it a try and let me know how well it meets your needs.

What is LAMP?

We have been having a lot of interesting internal debates about what to call our new offering in the LAMP space -- see release: Sun Microsystems Unveils Enterprise AMP Stack.

As we all know LAMP started off as being (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) but if I use Ruby am I suddenly not a LAMP developer am I a LAMR developer? Or if I use Apache, MySQL and PHP on Windows, am I a WAMP developer? And what do I call it if I use Progress, or Python, or ?

Internally we often call our Solaris stack SAMP, but again it just seems strange that for each variant we have another 4 letter acronym.

So what should we have called our offering?  Basically we are supporting Apache, MySQL and PHP on Linux, Solaris and Windows.


Friday Jun 27, 2008

How to save $2.76 Million USD

We have been working really hard at creating a compelling offering for customers that want to be freed from proprietary database and application server vendors that are arbitrarily raising their prices. We have just announced a New GlassFish and MySQL Offering that gives unlimited usage based on the number of employees in an organization. If you have not heard the news listen to a recap here, or read the full press release here.

For a typical customer with under 1,000 employees running application servers on 20 dual-CPU, dual-core x86 servers and running database servers on 10 dual-CPU, dual-core x86 servers, the three year total cost of ownership (TCO) for proprietary software will exceed $3 million USD. The three year TCO for GlassFish and MySQL Unlimited for this same configuration is just $240,000 USD – a savings of over $2.76 million USD. For details on the comparison see

At last a solution that doesn't require you call your software vendor if you decide to add database instances, or deploy on more machines, or change hardware configuration, or ...

Check out the site and let me know how much your company will save.

Tuesday Jun 24, 2008

Oracle helping you switch to GlassFish?

Sometimes what competitors do really help with our own marketing efforts. With the flood of customers downloading GlassFish and MySQL, I was wondering what was up and thanks to Eduardo for putting his finger on the compelling event -- forget the economy, Oracle raises it prices!

I encourage you to try out an alternative, TCO friendly option of MySQL and GlassFish. What is there to lose? Oh perhaps a few payments to Oracle!


Wednesday Jun 18, 2008

Calling All Geeks -- Twittering Teddy Bear

OK, this must be the ultimate geek thing to do... making a twittering teddy bear. Thanks to Guy for tweeting about this...

How 2.0: How to Make a Twittering Teddy Bear from My Home 2.0 DIY on Vimeo.

 Wonder what else I could use in my house? Maybe the Twittering washing machine, or twittering fridge?


Wednesday Jun 11, 2008

More coverage on our JCAPS/SOA Announcement...

What is always fun to see, as a marketing person, is what the press does on all the announcements and briefings we do. Some reporters just look at the press release and repackage it for their readers, others package the news absolutely incorrectly, and the ones I really love are those that listen to the news, but can drill down a little deeper and show insight.  John Waters from Application Development Trends is a great example of the latter...



Musings from Mark Herring at Sun...


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