Sun Announces GlassFish and MySQL Unlimited
By jacki decoster on Jun 27, 2008
GlassFish is one of the leading
open source application servers in the industry today with more than
seven million downloads since its release in May 2005. MySQL is the most popular open source database software in the world.
GlassFish and MySQL Unlimited is a new offering from Sun - designed to help customers significantly reduce the costs of deploying and managing database and application server software.
Proprietary software vendors often charge their customers pricing "penalties" if users want to deploy the software on multi-CPU, multi-core hardware and the latest virtualization technologies (in addition to the traditional software licensing costs their customers already pay)
And then there are the price increases...
For example, as this CRN article points out, Oracle recently hiked prices between 10 and 20 percent (or more) for many of its core software products.
With GlassFish and MySQL Unlimited, customers eliminate proprietary pricing constraints, and gain the flexibility to deploy the latest innovations, for a flat annual subscription – without having to count servers, CPUs, cores or virtual machines.
GlassFish and MySQL Unlimited pricing starts at $65,000 USD a year for an unlimited number of servers across a customer's entire organization (for companies with fewer than 1,000 employees). Pricing is tiered by employee size for larger companies.
Mark and John have more to say on the potential cost savings for customers of GlassFish and MySQL Unlimited - compared to similar, proprietary offerings. And Mark also did a Sun News podcast about this announcement.