6/19/2002 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced a new strategy that will dramatically change the economics of delivering Web services. At a web event keynoted by CEO Scott McNealy, the company launched the new Sun[tm] ONE Application Server 7 product line and a new business model that will make the core version of its Java[tm] technology-based application server free to enterprises and independent software vendors (ISVs) on all leading platforms, including the Solaris[tm] Operating Environment, Linux, Windows, HP-UX and AIX (www.sun.com/software/products/appsrvr). This move is expected to make it easier than ever for customers and developers to select Java technology as their Web services platform of choice. By removing the cost barrier, Sun is enabling customers to choose the technology that is best suited for the extreme performance and scalability requirements of enterprise deployments. The complete application server product line also makes Sun ONE a compelling Java[tm] 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE[tm] Platform) offering by providing the high availability and reliability for mission-critical applications, compatibility with other J2EE platform application servers and a rich developer experience – all of which is expected to expand the Sun ONE Application Server's market position.
"With this new business model and product offering, Sun is dramatically changing the economics of Java technology and Web services development," said Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president of software at Sun Microsystems. "This move should help to radically accelerate the adoption of Java as the premier platform for Web services, allowing enterprises and ISVs to transfer more of their budgets away from paying for core application server functionality and into creating the value-added Web services that will make their businesses successful."
As announced last month, the core Platform Edition will be tightly integrated into the Solaris[tm] 9 Operating Environment. By ensuring ubiquitous distribution of a low-cost, highly performant Java technology-based application server, Sun is helping customers and ISVs to lower their total cost of ownership in the development of innovative Web services using the J2EE platform. The free version of the application server makes it more economical for enterprises to utilize the full power of the J2EE platform to host applications and Web services at smaller remote sites, internal departments, truck fleets and other locations where cost may have been prohibitive. In addition, customers will be able to seamlessly upgrade to the new Standard and Enterprise Editions, at a moderate additional cost, as their applications require more demanding enterprise management and scalability.
As part of the product's new architecture, the Sun ONE Application Server's core runtime comes from the J2EE 1.3 platform Reference Implementation, with product quality enhancements that provide the reliability and performance needed for commercial deployments. The J2EE 1.3 platform Reference Implementation is the code that defines pure J2EE platform standards as determined by the open Java Community Process[sm] (JCP[sm]). As a result, enterprises and ISVs can be far more certain that applications built first for the Sun ONE Application Server can be run easily on any J2EE technology-based application server. This new architecture should dramatically reduce the time to market between the approval of future new Java platform and XML standards and their availability in a highly performant, reliable, commercial-grade application server.
"With Sun ONE Application Server 7 coming right on the heels of Sun's earlier announcement to integrate the product into the Solaris Operating Environment, it's clear that Sun is getting aggressive about gaining application server marketshare," said Michele Rosen, research manager at IDC. "Sun's move to provide the application server free on all major platforms has potential to shake up the competitive landscape."
The Sun ONE Application Server delivers world-class performance by embedding the fastest, secure HTTP engine in the market from the award-winning Sun ONE Web Server and embedding one of the fastest Java Message Service (JMS) API implementations available, which has been independently benchmarked at speeds up to10 times faster than IBM's MQSeries product. In addition, the Sun ONE Application Server is tightly integrated with the latest version of the Sun ONE Studio 4 software integrated development environment (IDE), enabling the creation of J2EE platform applications and XML-based Web services. It includes a fully integrated Java[tm] Web Services Developer Pack, as well as support for SOAP, UDDI, and WSDL. Sun is also providing a new end-to-end developer platform that gives developers a single view into their Web services application, network identity and portal development projects.
The Sun ONE Application Server has a long history of powering some of the largest and most demanding transactional Web sites in the world. The Sun ONE Application Server 7 will continue to provide the performance, scalability and availability that customers such as Bank of America, US Army, Consolidated Freightways, CB Richard Ellis and many others depend on, delivering three levels of functionality to meet their needs:
"The Sun ONE platform shows Sun's commitment to innovation and providing real-world solutions that companies like ours require to help improve competitive position and success," said Larry Brown, IT Architect for Consolidated Freightways. "By leveraging the Sun ONE Application Server's performance and scalability, we've built a web infrastructure that is helping grow Consolidated Freightways' transportation network today and enables quick response as the Web world changes and as Consolidated Freightways customers' needs change. Either way, Consolidated Freightways is a more competitive company as a result."
The Sun ONE Application Server 7 is the foundation of the integratable Sun ONE platform. The product integrates with the J2EE technology-based Sun ONE Portal Server 6 to deliver a complete portal platform for deploying robust business-to-employee, business-to-business, and business-to-consumer portals. It also integrates seamlessly with the Sun ONE Directory and Sun ONE Identity Servers, enabling enterprises to provide centralized policy, user management, and single sign-on capabilities. In addition, the Sun ONE Application Server also integrates with the Sun ONE Integration Server 3 through the Java Message Service interface to provide a complete business process management, enterprise application integration, and business-to-business integration platform.
Pricing and Availability
The Sun ONE Application Server 7, Platform and Standard Editions will be available on the Solaris and Windows platforms in September. The platform edition is offered for free development and deployment, with maintenance and support available at an additional cost. The standard edition will be priced at $2,000 per CPU. Additional versions of the platform edition for the Linux, HP-UX and AIX platforms will be available by the end of 2002. The enterprise edition will be available in early 2003 at a price of $10,000 per CPU. Additionally, the new Sun ONE Application Server will be available soon through Sun's Reference Architectures and the Sun Customer Ready Systems (Sun CRS) Program. Through the Sun CRS program, Sun ONE products can be configured and integrated in Sun's factories along with other Sun and/or complementary third party products, simplifying and speeding deployment at the customer's site. For more information on Sun's Reference Architectures and the Sun CRS Program, please go to http://www.sun.com/integration. The audiocast of today's press conference is available at http://www.sun.com/webcasts/sunone-june2002. Executive keynotes and interactive modules that detail how Sun is changing the game in software, can be found at www.sun.com/sunonenetevent.
About Sun ONE
Sun ONE, the integration of Sun's award-winning portfolio of software products, is Sun's vision, architecture, platform and expertise that enables the delivery and deployment of services on demand. Through its open, integratable architecture, Sun ONE extends current enterprise systems to help reduce costs and complexity while improving organizations return on assets. More information on Sun ONE is available at http://www.sun.com/sunone.
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer[tm]" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com
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