Sun CTO discusses 'radical new approach' to Java

Sun CTO discusses 'radical new approach' to Java

In 1995, Sun Microsystems introduced the Java programming language. Now, with the introduction of its Java Enterprise System, chief technology officer for Sun Software, Roger Keyse, claims that the company is introducing a radical new approach to enterprise infrastructure software.

The Sun Java Enterprise System (JavaES) is a network services system, designed for easy integration and flexibility. Engineered on open standards, the platform is said to be ideal for independent software vendors (ISVs), as it aims to combine software and services as a single entity, for a single price, per employee, per year.

Behind the JavaES concept is Sun’s main strategy and belief of innovation to deliver customer value.

“The challenge that we are setting out to address with JavaES is that of information delivery from infrastructure software," Keyse said. "This is everybody’s nightmare, with the biggest issues being cost and complexity. Growing economic pressure demands that companies cut operational costs, while increasing service levels and deliverables."

Traditional enterprise software deployments tend to be complex, with software products that are not integrated. This results in solutions that are costly to deploy and maintain, while licensing itself is complex and expensive.

Add to this constant upgrade complexity, and a raft of patches that must be implemented to safeguard operations, and, a situation results where it becomes very difficult for the business to plan, according to Keyse.

“The Sun Java System changes all the rules by delivering predictability, massive cost savings and real service delivery," he said. "It represents a fundamental and radical change in the way infrastructure software is engineered, delivered, licensed and priced. The watchwords of Simple, Predictable, Affordable have driven the creation and design of the system; it brings all the ‘traditional’ benefits of the Java language to the enterprise: portability, the ability to run across any platform -- as well as the choice associated with open systems,” says Keyse.

The Java software systems that are designed for simple, affordable, network computing include a raft of already available products, such as Solaris on SPARC/x86, Linux, the Sun N1 network infrastructure and the Java Enterprise System.

With the JavaES, Sun is says that it is helping businesses to keep mission-critical systems up and running without an army of support staff, while protecting ICT assets with data center-grade security.

“JavaES allows our clients to get their enterprise systems integrated quickly, simplifies access to applications and services anytime from anywhere and seamlessly extends secure access to their enterprise quickly, with reduced deployment time and cost,” Keyse concludes.

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