In a move that the company says is a result of increased developer demand after millions of annual downloads, Oracle has announced Oracle GlassFish Server 3.1 alongside an update to the Java Platform. Joining the updated version of GlassFish is the Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 6 software development kit (SDK) distribution as part of the latest release of the Java EE 6 Reference Implementation.
Oracle highlights the fact that GlassFish Server is based on its GlassFish Server Open Source Edition counterpart and so is strengthened by a vibrant developer community. This framework also offers greater control over their product deployments through a publicly available roadmap of product features and priorities. This new release has a focus on high availability features, specifically in the areas of load balancing, failover, state management, and centralized administration.
"Oracle GlassFish Server 3.1 delivers a flexible, lightweight, and extensible Java EE 6 platform," said Steven G. Harris, senior vice president, Application Server Development, Oracle. "With this release, Oracle is delivering on the roadmap we announced at JavaOne 2010 and responding to the increasing demand for Oracle GlassFish Server by adding new features for enterprise management and high-availability to help customers reduce application and deployment complexity and increase developer productivity and system uptime."
As the reference implementation for Java EE, Oracle GlassFish Server is also the proving ground for the upcoming Java EE 7. Oracle has begun working within the Java Community Process (JCP) to submit Java Specification Requests (JSRs) as part of Java EE 7, including JPA 2.1 and JAX-RS 2.0. The company says that Oracle GlassFish Server complements Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, which is designed to run the broader portfolio of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g and large-scale enterprise applications.