More J2EE app server options, thanks to IBM and Apache
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Today IBM announced IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, a new J2EE-based app server built on Apache Geronimo, the open source application server project of the Apache Software Foundation.
developerWorks just published an interview with Scott Cosby and Paul Buck that describes WAS CE (which will be available for download later this year) and its significance. As Paul Buck states, "With IBM and a diverse open source community already backing Apache Geronimo, I don't think any other open source app server enjoys the same community investment in both engineering time and proven technology contributions."
This news comes on the heels of the release of Apache Geronimo 1.0-M5, which is the first version of Geronimo to boast official and full J2EE 1.4 certification. (Today Apache also issued a brief press release about the new J2EE-certified "Milestone 5" version of Geronimo.) Other news on the Geronimo front: a new logo.
The WAS CE announcement not only reaffirms and extends IBM's commitment to open source in general and Geronimo in particular. It also means you have more options, more choices. If you want the latest open source code direct from Apache, then you can download it directly from the Apache Geronimo site. If you seek something that's been vetted by IBM, WAS CE may your choice; it's gone through some additional testing to insure it works well with the IBM Java Virtual Machine and meets IBM's legal, quality and performance requirements. And if you need a more robust, industrial-strength app server, WebSphere Application Server V6.0 boasts enhanced capabilities for transaction management as well as security, performance, availability, connectivity, and scalability.
We'll offer the WAS CE download through developerWorks as soon as it is available. In the meantime, for more perspective on WebSphere Application Server Community Edition and its significance, see our interview and these related independent articles:
"IBM Offers WebSphere Geronimo" (eWeek)
"IBM releases open source answer to JBoss" (Computer Business Review)
"IBM Unveils Apache Geronimo Software for SOA Web Services" (Sys-Con)