Monday Dec 21, 2009

MySQL Conference & Call-for-Papers Announced

The Call-for-Papers is out now for next year's MySQL Conference & Expo.  The submission deadline is January 27, 2010.

Presented by O'Reilly Media, the show will be held April 12-15, 2010 in Santa Clara, California.  Sun Microsystems is a founding sponsor.  More info at

Java EE 6 and GlassFish v3 Virtual Conference - Replay Available

Last week, the Sun Java team hosted a virtual conference - an exclusive look into Java EE 6 and Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3.

The full Virtual Conference is now available for replay but for easy viewing, each session has a direct link. Sessions include:
  • Java EE: The Foundation for Your Business
  • Java EE 6: An Overview
  • GlassFish v3 - Java EE 6 Reference Implementation & Beyond
  • Enterprise Java Beans (EJB) 3.1 Features
  • Jersey, JAX-RS and REST with GlassFish v3
  • Java Servlet 3.0
  • Java Persistence API (JPA) 2.0
  • Java Server Faces (JSF) 2.0
  • Web Services in GlassFish
  • Context Dependency and Injection (JSR 299)
  • OSGi in GlassFish v3
  • Dynamic Languages with GlassFish v3
  • Tools for GlassFish v3: NetBeans and Eclipse
  • Grizzly: NIO & Web Framework. Comet using GlassFish
  • Monitoring, Management in GlassFish v3
  • Java EE Connector Architecture 1.6
You can also download all the slides from the Virtual Conference here.

These sessions are a great way to get more information on the extensive new features of these product releases.

Thursday Dec 17, 2009

Clearer Skies Ahead - New Cloud Security Tools

Sun bolstered its cloud security initiatives today - announcing new cloud security tools, support for the Cloud Security Alliance's "Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing - Version 2.1." and unveiling a new white paper, "Building Customer Trust in Cloud Computing with Transparent Security."

Check out Sun's 4 new open source cloud security tools available for download today.  These architectural building blocks were developed to help customers take advantage of the cloud while also safeguarding their critical data.

  • OpenSolaris VPC Gateway: Provides customers with greater choice and flexibility when connecting their systems to the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud. The OpenSolaris VPC Gateway software enables customers to quickly and easily create a redundant, secure communications channel to a Virtual Private Cloud without the need for proprietary networking equipment.
  • Immutable Service Containers (ISC): Delivers architectural patterns with associated deployment strategies that collectively define a highly secure foundation for service delivery. Incorporating many of the security features of the OpenSolaris Operating System, including Solaris ZFS, Solaris Containers, and Solaris IP Filter and Auditing, the ISC architecture leverages service compartmentalization and improved integration techniques to create virtual machines with significantly improved security protection and monitoring capabilities. 
  • Security Enhanced Virtual Machine Images (VMIs): Using many of the techniques developed for the Immutable Service Container project, Sun created several security-enhanced VMIs for the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). These virtual machines leverage industry accepted recommended practices including non-executable stacks, encrypted swap and auditing enabled by default. Beyond simple OpenSolaris images, Sun has also published integrated software stacks such as Solaris AMP and Drupal built on these security-enhanced images. 
  • Cloud Safety Box: Simplifies managing encrypted content in the Cloud. Using a simple Amazon S3-like interface, the Cloud Safety Box automates the compression, encryption and splitting of content being stored in the cloud on any supported operating system including Solaris, OpenSolaris, Linux and Mac OS X. 

MySQL 5.5 -- Milestone Release 2

 The MySQL database has a new "milestone" release model -- and new software for the Community to download and try out: 

MySQL 5.5.0-m2

Check out Kaj Arnö's description of the new model and this version's features in his blog here.

 Downloads are available here.

Learn About High Availability and Clustering - New GlassFish ESB Whitepaper Available Now

GlassFish Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) is a lightweight and agile integration platform for service oriented composite application development. Sun's ESB experts have just released an in-depth 42 page whitepaper titled “GlassFish Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) - High Availability and Clustering”

This whitepaper goes beyond just describing how to implement an ESB in a development environment. Instead it covers how to move the ESB into mission-critical, high volume production and provides insight from experts who have successfully delivered real-world, high performance middleware infrastructures.

First, the whitepaper gives an analysis of the key criteria needed to architect a highly available GlassFish ESB solution. Topics include: defining acceptable levels of downtime, degrees of allowable latency, divisions between semi-static and time-critical data and options for recovery. All of these requirements must be considered together to arrive at a solution. In addition, the whitepaper  provides an examination of architecture and implementation considerations, which could affect not only the initial implementation, but future iterations as well.

Following this initial analysis, the whitepaper details a reference architecture for a typical deployment solution. The solution is based on a real-world scenario for a Web-based application to manage a customer’s business processes. The solution needs to accept requests via Web services-based interfaces, manage corresponding business processes, handle faults correct, integrate with existing backend systems and requires asynchronous message correlation.

Expand your knowledge by diving-in to the GlassFish ESB - High Availability and Clustering whitepaper now!

Friday Dec 11, 2009

New Java Store Beta Available Now

While yesterday was all about Enterprise Java, today, I'd like to announce that Sun has released a new version of the Java Store and Java Warehouse.

This release includes a number of new features such as: account creation in the client, the ability for developers outside of the US to preview applications using the Java Store view, improved integration with PayPal and numerous smaller features, performance enhancements and bug fixes.

We are also opening up the Java Warehouse to 6 new countries:
 - Israel
 - Belgium
 - Germany
 - Poland
 -S. Korea

The Java Warehouse is now open in 14 countries.

For more details on the latest release, check out the new 5 minute introductory video.

Terrence also has a good post on the new release over on his blog - highlighting some new applications that are available. And over on the Sun Developer Network, you can watch a 3-part Deep Dive video on the Java Store and Java Warehouse, featuring Bernard Traversat, director of engineering.


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