Feeds

Want a support contract for GlassFish 4.0? Tough luck, says Oracle

For Java EE it's now WebLogic or nothing

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Oracle will no longer provide commercial support for the GlassFish Java Enterprise Edition application server, effective as of the current version.

The database giant shipped GlassFish Server Open Source Edition 4.0 in June as part of the official launch of Java EE 7, but it has yet to offer it in a commercial distribution.

In an update to Oracle's GlassFish server roadmap issued on Monday, Oracle's John Clingan said that while version 4.1 of the server is scheduled to ship in 2014, no commercially supported version of the 4.0 product will be released in the meantime, and no future versions of GlassFish will be offered with commercial support.

GlassFish is the open source software project that forms the basis of the Java EE reference implementation. For those customers who want to use it for production applications, however, Oracle has offered commercial support contracts since GlassFish 2.0.

Now that this option has been eliminated, your only option if you want a supported Java EE application server from Oracle will be to go with the company's flagship WebLogic Server, licenses for which start at twice the per-CPU cost of a GlassFish commercial license.

Enterprise users of earlier versions of GlassFish do have the option of sticking with their current releases. But according to Oracle's Lifetime Support Policy, Premier Support for GlassFish 2.x and 3.x ends next year, and Extended Support ends in 2017. Oracle's so-called Sustaining Support level is available indefinitely, but that, too, comes with a hefty price tag.

Naturally, Oracle's suggestion is for customers to just get used to thinking of GlassFish as WebLogic's free baby brother.

"Oracle recommends that existing commercial Oracle GlassFish Server customers begin planning to move to Oracle WebLogic Server, which is a natural technical and license migration path forward," Clingan wrote.

He added that applications written to Java EE standards should run on GlassFish and WebLogic interchangeably, and because the two products share a fair amount of code, there is even some overlap in their extended features and configuration methods.

Following the release of GlassFish 4.1 in 2014, Clingan said, the development team will begin work on GlassFish 5.0. That version will eventually be used to produce the reference implementation of Java EE 8, but it won't be released as a commercial product, either.

"Going forward, Oracle WebLogic Server will be the single strategic commercially supported application server from Oracle," Clingan wrote. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online
Now you can run your own intelligence agency
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Cloud unicorns are extinct so DiData cloud mess was YOUR fault
Applications need to be built to handle TITSUP incidents
Stop the IoT revolution! We need to figure out packet sizes first
Researchers test 802.15.4 and find we know nuh-think! about large scale sensor network ops
Turnbull should spare us all airline-magazine-grade cloud hype
Box-hugger is not a dirty word, Minister. Box-huggers make the cloud WORK
SanDisk vows: We'll have a 16TB SSD WHOPPER by 2016
Flash WORM has a serious use for archived photos and videos
Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data
Got a supercomputer? Want to simulate a universe? Here you go
Microsoft adds video offering to Office 365. Oh NOES, you'll need Adobe Flash
Lovely presentations... but not on your Flash-hating mobe
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Managing SSL certificates with ease
The lack of operational efficiencies and compliance pitfalls associated with poor SSL certificate management, and how the right SSL certificate management tool can help.