Sun Launches OGSI based Lightweight Web Application Server

Sun recently announced the availability of subscription and support of   Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server version 3 Prelude Application Server based on OGSI architecture and upcoming Java EE 6. Sun is targeting Apache Tomcat servlet container as potential users of Glassfish v3 Prelude because it is lightweight, easy to use, open source, and has easy administration.

You can take  preview of the new version which will be available next year.  The Prelude allows developers to easily scale their projects from small Web-tier deployments to large-scale architectures. The preview includes JavaServer Faces 2.0, for dragging and dropping of user interface components. JAX-RS 1.0 is supported for building REST type Web services. Glassfish is one of the most popular Application Server industry wise.

“OSGI allows you to have an architecture where you have a kernel that allows pluggable modules and each module can do different things,” such as one that processes Ruby code and another to process Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB),” says Paul Hinz, director of product management for Java enterprise systems at Sun.

The key features of the preview are:

  • Provides a lightweight Web-tier deployment platform with full production support. In addition, users can match GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 Prelude in the Web tier with GlassFish Enterprise Server v2 in the application tier.
  • The preview also offers Java EE 6 platform, such as: EJB 3.1 Lite and Java Server Faces 2.0. In addition, JAX-RS 1.0 is fully supported for building REST Web Services.
  • Can run Development platform like Java, Groovy on Grails and JRuby on Rails. Also, JRuby applications can run without the Java technology-based servlet container.
  • Users can use easy, point-and-click console for configuration, application deployment and installation of additional components.
  • Sun says that developers will get extra benefit when GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 Prelude is combined with the upcoming release of NetBeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE) 6.5.

Source: Press Release

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