Sun-Netscape Alliance to Release Server Based on J2EE
Expected Release in January
The Sun-Netscape Alliance today unveiled its iPlanet Application Server 6.0 software, an application server that will provide a development platform based on the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) standard.
Version 6.0 is expected to start shipping in January.
This version of iPlanet Application Server fulfills the Alliance's promise to deliver a single, next-generation application server to meet the needs of companies deploying large, transactional Web sites, according to a statement issued by the company.
IPlanet Application Server 6.0 uses results caching and load balancing to enhance the scalability and performance of JavaServer Pages technology, Java servlets and Enterprise JavaBeans component architecture. Customer-proven failover capabilities have also been extended to EJB components and Java technology clients using RMI/IIOP.
Features new to version 6.0 include: application server tools (e.g., Forte for Java and Community Edition), leverage of tools from Sun and Netscape, full J2EE support and container-managed persistence/object relational mapping and management. The server software can be closely integrated with IDEs (such as Symantec Visual Cafe and Inprise Jbuilder), and leverage capabilities from products like Macromedia's Dreamweaver. The application server also provides direct access to application programming interfaces.
The Alliance anticipates that iPlanet Application Server 6.0 will receive J2EE certification later this month, as it offers all the benefits of the open Java technology standard combined with its deployment capabilities and backward compatibility for Sun NetDynamics and Netscape Application Server applications.
IPlanet Application Server 6.0 is designed to provide seamless migration for applications that support core J2EE technologies. It also integrates key features of Sun and Netscape applications.
The Alliance expects to price iPlanet Application Server 6.0 software at $35,000 per CPU.