OpenESB about to hit a major milestone

Any parent will tell you there are major milestones that you, as a parent, mark in your child's life, like when she gets her first tooth, or first goes off to kindergarten (or college!). These moments can fill you with pride, and excited anticipation for what's next.

It is with similar parental feelings that I can announce that Project OpenESB is about to hit a major milestone in the life of an open-source enterprise software project: a commercially supported version is to be introduced. This indicates the the project is both mature enough and stable enough to be widely "used in anger." After about three years of development, project OpenESB has "grown up" enough to mark this important occasion.

Sun will be introducing a branded version of OpenESB, to be called GlassFish ESB (running atop the GlassFish v2 application server, so the name is quite descriptive). GlassFish ESB is essentially Open ESB (including most of its components), fully supported by Sun, with the 24/7, one-throat-to-choke type of support a lot of enterprises require for key production systems.

I know some OpenESB users have, in the past, requested this kind of support, and some have even gone into production without it, so I've known for quite a while OpenESB was ready for milestone. Congratulations to the whole OpenESB community! You make me proud. And I know this is only the beginning.

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