Tuesday Jan 23, 2007

Blast Off! -- Sun WebServer 7.0 FCS Now Available

Saturn V launching Skylab

The Sun WebServer 7.0 final release (GA or FCS as often described at Sun) is now available (download is free, support can be purchased). One major emphasis of the release is cluster administration, but it also includes many new features ranging from ECC support to a fully scriptable CLI to support for many Web 2.0 languages and applications.

Check out earlier TA entries as well as the blogs accompanying the release including Manish's Top 10 Reasons, and Jyri and Sriram's blogs.

Congratulations to the WebServer team on this long-awaited release!

Sunday Jul 02, 2006

ECC Performance in Sun's WebServer

Chart Showing Security Connection Cost

ECC (Elliptic Curve Cryptography) is a new, cryptographic protocol that is very appealing when security needs are high or computational power is limited (like mobile devices) and is gaining backing in the industry. The latest Sun WebServer (7.0 Technology Preview) has Support for ECC, and so do GlassFish - experimental so far -, and Java.

In his latest blog, Jyri reports on actual measurements of the connection cost for different security protocols on Sun's WebServer and shows Big Improvements for ECC. Check it out!

The team of Sun's WebServer is a close relative of Project GlassFish and I feel a bit guilty I've not been able to keep up with all their interesting blogs in the last couple of months - maybe I'll be able to do some about it next week during Sun's USA shutdown...

Saturday May 13, 2006

GlassFish with ECC (Eliptic Curve Cryptography) Support! Faster, Safer!

A graph of an elliptic curve

Do you want security with the purchase you just did through your mobile? If so, learn about Elliptic Curve Cryptography (Wikipedia, Overview@Sun, ECC and IETF, SunLabs) as it significantly reduces the computational requirements needed to encrypt content. The latest news on ECC are Shing Wai's detailed instructions on How to Enable ECC in GlassFish / SJS AS 9.0. Do not miss this brief comment at the end:

A preliminary benchmark of HTTPS with ECC in GlassFish on the Windows XP platform shows that the performance of ECC is double that of RSA...

Also see ECC support in Sun's Web Server and ECC support in Java.

PS. I had missed an interesting entry by Shing Wai: Using SSL for EJB; you may want to also check that one out.