GlassFish Support, HA, Clustering and More


The Sun-Oracle Strategy WebCast and subsequent Webcasts and Docs generated multiple comments and discussions threads in the Web from which I want to highlight a few comments in here. Please check the original posts for context, clarification and caveats.

On OSS licensing - "There are no plans to change the open source GlassFish licensing for any of the GlassFish modules that I am aware of as I work directly with the team right now in the integration process" (Mike Lehmann, Director of PM for WebLogic Server and GlassFish).

On clustering - "Clearly GlassFish 2.1 has clustering today and 3.0 currently does not. Customers depend on the GlassFish 2.1 implementation and as I have said on TSS we are committed to continue supporting it per our lifetime support policies" (ML).

More on clustering - "We are very much working with the team to assess how clustering will fit on the 3.x roadmap given it was already on the original 3.x roadmap - the ideal will be at least parity with 2.1 - so judge on the result when we deliver versus ahead of the plan" (ML).

Ultimately, all of these comments will need to be judged by the reality of what Oracle delivers. As I wrote at TSS, "The Proof of the Pudding is in the RoadMap". In that same thread, Mike writes: "You will have to judge us on how we execute over the next few months while we realign roadmaps and delivery schedules but I hope we can surprise folks with some good turns we can do as a combined company."

It is still very early in the process of integrating the GlassFish team into Oracle; remember that the two companies could not work together before CiC. Hopefully we will soon be able to give you more details.


I think if they let Glassfish grow, they'll find out in 2 years it will be the #1 app server.

Posted by Ravi Luthra on February 08, 2010 at 11:55 PM PST #


Think sooner than that, WebLogic is irrelevant unless you want to pay a lot of money. The problem for Oracle is that their customers don't care if GlassFish is superior, they will pay whatever for the relationship.

So, WebLogic brand needs to maintain an image of Fortune 500 grade propaganda.

And Oracle needs to maintain the image that GlassFish is for kids.

At least, lot of folks are seeing the reality behind Oracle's agenda to belittle open source!

I really hope that I'm wrong...

Posted by George de la Torre on February 09, 2010 at 01:52 AM PST #

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