IBM and the Apache Foundation announced that IBM is contributing the
Cloudscape product it acquired from Informix to the Apache open source
program. The project name for the effort will be "Derby." The contribution
amounts to more than 500,000 lines of Java code. In related news IBM also
clarified its Linux distribution strategy.
An IBM press release said that Derby will be "a Java-based relational
database with a two megabyte footprint that is fully embeddable and requires
zero administration support." In conversations with IBM executives, they
repeatedly emphasized that Cloudscape/Derby is targeted at embedded database
IBM already embeds Cloudscape in many of its Java products. "We have 100 Java
products," said Scott Handy, IBM's director of world-wide Linux strategy and
market development. The majority of those products already had Cloudscape
embedded. Th... (more)
VMware announced the release of the latest generation of its flagship
product, VMware vSphere 5.5. Enhancements include support for larger storage
systems, support for management and deployment of big data environments, and
support for Flash Memory performance improvements. VMware vSphere 5.5 also
expanded its support by allowing configurations with two times the previous
physical CPU, memory and NUMA node limits. vSphere now supports up to a
maximum of 62TB virtual disk. This is an increase from the previous limit of
VMware also announced VMware vSphere Big Data Extension... (more)
BEA announced yesterday that additional companies will endorse its "Beehive"
open source effort. Beehive received support from Hewlett-Packard, Red Hat,
and from the JOnAS and Apache Geronimo application server projects.
The project, which was first announced May 19th 2004, purports to be an
"easy-to-use, open source foundation for building service-oriented
architecture (SOA) and enterprise Java-based applications," according to
BEA's Web site. In fact, it is the source code for a large portion of BEA's
application development framework for its WebLogic Workshop product.
BEA annou... (more)
The LinuxWorld San Francisco 2004 Conference & Expo opened yesterday with a
Red Hat keynote which at times seemed like a case study and at times like a
political candidate's speech.
The keynote opened with a talk by Chris Hjelm, CTO of online travel site
Orbitz. Since its public launch in 2001, Orbitz has become one of the three
largest online travel companies with access to 455 airlines, 65,000 hotel
properties, and 23 rental car companies. It also touts 20% more choice than
its competitors in terms of travel options returned.
Linux - and Java - have played an important role in O... (more)
The 2004 JavaOne conference opened today with the standard formula of
industry keynotes. Documentary film maker and local TV personality Jonathan
Karsh opened the show as the emcee. The 8th annual Java developer show began
in front of a backdrop of scrolling Java (which had code for catching
exceptions), Sun president & COO Jonathan I. Schwartz., started out by
delivering the standard Sun executive speech touting the explosion of Java on
handsets, servers, and developers writing Java.
From Sun's perspective, the exciting news of the day seemed to be a new
desktop window manager,... (more)