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The SCO Group finally described the SCOx notions that it's been working on the other day as a Web services framework for both its Linux and Unix platforms - both UnixWare and OpenServer - that it intends to deliver in mid-August at SCO Forum in Las Vegas, starting with the first Web-enabled apps. The hierarchical plans - generally associated with the likes of Microsoft, Sun and IBM - look pretty ambitious for the struggling little firm. They involve supporting SOAP, UDDI and XML, authentication, SSL-over-HTTP Web services security, metering, creating a developer toolkit, APIs, dashboards, and a management console, integrating with .NET and J2EE programs running on non-SCO platforms along with legacy apps, horizontal and specialty programs, and providing e-business services and a portal. It says a lot of it is already in the bag, even rolled out. The intended market ... (more)

Heady Future Predicted for Linux

After talking to 100 IT departments, Goldman Sachs sat down and wrote a piece called "Fear the Penguin," buttressing the claims of popular wisdom that say Linux and Intel will largely supplant Unix and RISC on the high-end servers in the enterprise data center, the stuff where mission-critical functions are run and that account for the lion's share of IT spending. The climb won't be meteoric, Goldman say, but will "follow the more measured pace of service hardware upgrade cycles." It looks like Linux' pace is going to be caught between the lagging support of ISVs and the spur of server consolidation coupled with the "wider deployment of J2EE-based computing models." The broker figures Microsoft's desktop hegemony is safe from Linux but that Linux will "hamper the movement of Windows into the enterprise data center, an area that Microsoft has only recently begun to t... (more)

Sun Sets its New App Server Free...Well, Almost

Sun has trashed its tail-dragging application server, the code that wended its way from Kiva to Netscape to the Sun-Netscape Alliance, where it was blended with NetDynamics, which Sun had bought, to iPlanet and finally to Sun ONE without leaving much impression on the market, while IBM's WebSphere and BEA's WebLogic divvied up the spoils. Sun has redone the thing, using a new code base reflecting the J2EE reference implementation, a move it hopes will cement its foothold in the burgeoning web services business as well as get it back in the game against IBM and BEA, according to group marketing manager, Java web services Rick Schultz and senior product marketing manager, Java web services Deborah Andrade. Of course, its tactic presumes that there are customers left worth talking about that haven't picked an application server yet or aren't playing footsie with Micros... (more)

Ex-BEA CEO Out for the Next Big Software Hit; Will Lightning Strike Twice?

After dipping below the radar for a month, Bill Coleman, the "B" in BEA and once its CEO, has turned up at a start-up named Cassatt Corporation after Impressionist artist Mary Cassatt and her brother. Coleman named it that on the theory that names are limiting and if you call a high-tech company after an Impressionist artist you have more scope. The name Seurat was his first choice but it was already taken. Cassatt, just to narrow things down, is writing the autonomic computing software, unaligned management stuff that would compete with Sun's N1 and IBM's version of autonomic computing. The object of the game is to create the next major infrastructure company. Cassatt is going to start with Linux and HP-UX, because Linux represents an opportunistic discontinuity in the market and because Hewlett-Packard, which should have bought BEA years ago when it had the chance... (more)

JDJ International Advisory Panel

Welcome to the first-ever session of JDJ's International Advisory Panel. This is where we look into the crystal ball and turn to the industry gurus to determine where Java is heading. We've been through the XML buzz, the EJB buzz, now it's Web Services. What is there in here for Java developers to be aware of? Roth: I think the readers need concrete examples of Web Services, and fast. Otherwise the confusion will send them to MSFT. An example of a self-registering self-discovering service would be great. Stevens: The things that Java developers should be aware of are the things that are not necessarily buzzwords. In other words, take a look at what the Jakarta developers are coming up with (http://jakarta.apache.org). Oftentimes the tools produced are better than the tools that Sun or other corporations are trying to shove down people's throats. Wyman: At the risk of... (more)

To BEA or Not to BEA

Yech. I hate that title as much as you do, but it stuck in my brain and I can't get it out. Things are going on in the industry, and I think this is an appropriate time to cover them. We were at the Java Business Conference in December, covering what appeared to be more of a nonevent than a true exposition. Probably the biggest disappointment was Sun's backing out of the standards process for Java. Alan Williamson's column goes into detail on that, expressing the feelings of many in the industry that were upset by this move. While the little guys were understandably upset, it's the big players that were really hurt. IBM in particular has made a large investment in Java, and has been looking to participate in the development of the language on more of a peer basis than this turn of events allows. There have been other happenings in the field as well. Not one but two ... (more)

PowerTiers 6's PowerPage

Persistence Software, Inc., recently released the latest version of its EJB server, PowerTier 6. It's a little different from your run-of-the-mill EJB servers, though. This JavaOne 2000 special-edition issue of EJB Home will enlighten you about PowerPage, a hot feature that will put PowerTier 6 on every EJB evaluator's radar! Let's first understand why PowerTier 6 and PowerPage are such key ingredients in any large-scale, e-commerce solution today. The E-Commerce Dilemma My company has worked with numerous dot-coms this year, and most have puzzled over the same dilemma: How do we deliver a scalable, Web-enabled application, using standards-based technologies, in "Internet time"? Four key items need to be addressed in what I call the e-commerce dilemma: Scalability Web enabling Standards-based technologies Internet time (time-to-market) Tackling an e-commerce applicat... (more)

The Next Big Thing

"J2EE is to Java what SQL was to databases." That's a direct quote from one of my conversations with software vendors during JavaOne. And I tend to agree with the statement. I spent most of the show talking with people regarding their products, their visions and their strategies. It was clear to me that J2EE is a standard with enough meat behind it to generate adoption by many companies as the clear design for their products. What also quickly became apparent was that there's a certain degree of parity in J2EE. Looking at the vendors involved, you could go from booth to booth (and I did) and hear the same message from each: "We're J2EE compliant." I had long talks with IBM, BEA, SilverStream, GemStone and several others, and the message was pretty much the same regarding compliance. One might be missing JMS or some other minor part of the standard, but they all provi... (more)

Who Will Be King of J2001?

Lately I've received a number of e-mails and had conversations regarding J2EE compliance and what it means to the industry. Each conversation or message has a slightly different slant depending on whether the person on the other end is a vendor or a reader or a colleague. What almost everyone seems to agree on is that the J2EE standard has done more to create a basic parity among vendors than any other event in the short but colorful history of Java. Parity excites end users (in this case developers or IT departments) and depresses vendors. IT departments love the portability of J2EE because it allows them to move from one vendor to another as they see fit. Vendors dislike parity because it reduces their ability to charge premiums – they're selling a commodity. To avoid the commodity problem, vendors naturally attempt to differentiate themselves from one another by ... (more)

A Mix of Sun and clouds

First things first: I'd like to take a moment to reflect upon SYS-CON's JDJEdge Conference in light of the tragedy that shocked America on September 11. The best way to deal with a terrorist act is to not give in and allow it to disrupt everyday activities. To that effect, JDJEdge took place as planned, September 23-26. Under the circumstances, it was quite successful. On the J2EE front, most vendors attended and imparted useful information in the form of presentations, exhibits, demos, tutorials, and one-on-one discussions. Kudos to the SYS-CON crew, who worked under adverse circumstances to make this happen, as well as to the attend- ees, vendors, presenters, faculty, and industry luminaries who traveled from across the globe to help shape the event. Sun announced the final release of J2EE 1.3 on September 24, the second day of the conference. Java versions can ge... (more)

ALIGO AND TECHMATRIX JOIN TO BRING ADVANCED MOBILE JAVA APPLICATION TECHNOLOGY TO JAPANESE MARKET

(Tokyo and San Francisco) – Aligo, Inc., the leading provider of Java-based mobile application server software, has entered an agreement with TechMatrix for TechMatrix to be the first Japanese distributor of the award-winning Aligo M-1 Mobile Application Server. The announcement was made at a joint press conference held in Tokyo prior to the JavaOne Japan conference in late November. Under the terms of this agreement, TechMatrix can now offer its customers Aligo's Java-based mobile application server software, which is ideally suited for companies looking to make corporate data and applications available to multiple wireless devices, including mobile phones, PDAs, and laptops. Through TechMatrix, Aligo's advanced wireless application platform will more rapidly penetrate a market that has already embraced the mobile Internet and is ready for the coming wave of wirel... (more)