This posting illustrates how to effectively automate shared infrastructure
analysis to support both your back-end jobs and your applications.
Last week Gerald, one of our Dynatrace AppMon super users, sent me a PurePath
as part of my Share Your PurePath program. He wanted to get my opinion on
high I/O time they sporadically see in some of their key transactions on
their Adobe based documentation management system. The hotspot he tried to
understand was easy to spot in the PurePath for one of the slow transactions:
Creating a local file took very long!
createFileExclusively takes up to 18s in one of their key document management
In order to find out which file takes that long to create I asked Gerald to
instrument File.createNewFile. This was now capturing the actual file name
for all transactions. Turned out we are talking about files put into a
(August 27, 2002) - It all began earlier this month when Scott McNealy
implied in an interview that the Open Source model would hamstring Sun
completely in its attempt to out-gun Microsoft in the enterprise-level
computing arena by threatening the licensing revenue Sun and others need to
finance J2EE's advertising and R&D. Now the founder of JBoss, one of the most
widely spread OS implementations of all, a full-fledged application server
already in its 3.0 version, has published an online rebuttal of McNealy's
Writing on the main page of the JBoss site, www.jboss.org, Marc Fluery - who
is also president of JBoss Group LLC - claims that OS in general "and JBoss
in particular" are on the contrary "Sun's best defense against Microsoft
Can OS Help Save the App Server Tier from .NET?
"Only Open Source," Fleury argues, "has proven uniquely resilient to a
JBoss Group LLC announced this week that it has reached an agreement with Sun
Microsystems, Inc. to license the J2EE 1.4 technology compatibility kit to
certify the industry's most popular open source, Java-based application
server, JBoss. In an exclusive statement to JDJ, JBoss explains their take on
"JBoss Group's commitment to J2EE certification for the JBoss application
server is part of our strategy of delivering Professional Open Source, this
means making Open Source the "safe" choice for enterprise IT. As JBoss is
increasingly used in development and production in large government and
corporate IT environments, we recognize the importance of accommodating the
level of people in the application server decision-making process, for whom
J2EE certification is important. Another driving force in our push for
certification has been our software and s... (more)
April: Exclusive Interview with Dale Fuller
This past February David Skok's new VC firm - Matrix Partners - orchestrated,
with Accel, a $10 million investment in JBoss, Inc. This first round of
funding in an open source company was a bold play, but then David Skok,
famous in the Java arena as the founder of SilverStream Software - acquired
by Novell in 2002 - is no stranger to bold moves.
The first question then, naturally enough, is to ask Skok whether this
investment is somehow a contradiction, or whether there is indeed money to be
made from open source?
"We think that there's definitely money to be made," Skok says without
hesitation. "Red Hat's a clear example," he adds. "They're now profitable on
around a $100m annual revenue run-rate. And we're still in the early days of
the open source movement."
Curious about the business model he sees underlying OSS, I ... (more)
A brand new Red Hat spin-off wants to support servers whether they're
physical or virtual, on-premise or in the cloud.
It's called AnsibleWorks and the open source automation software it's
promoting is called Ansible.
The Ansible open source project was run up last year by one of the company's
founders to address limitations in Puppet Labs, a VMware investment, and
Opsware, an Amazon buddy. Who knows, given some time, Red Hat may buy it.
Unlike its rivals Ansible is supposed to make server management radically
simpler, way easier to maintain and more secure, providing a multi-tier
orchestration system that handles deployment, configuration and management
altogether, relieving companies of writing complicated pain-in-the-neck
Before coming out the other day, the start-up had already collected brand
name customers on the forefront of Big Data, like Gawker Me... (more)
(June 2, 2003) - The developer edition of JBoss 4.0 is available now,
providing a range of services previously unavailable in any J2EE application
server. The new services are enabled by the Java application server
industry's first implementation of an aspect-oriented programming (AOP)
framework. The framework allows developers to interact with the server in a
very intuitive manner, making it easier to design, develop, deploy, and
maintain enterprise Web applications.
The most popular Java-based application server in use today, JBoss is
expected to reach three million downloads in 2003. Employees of JBoss Group
and developers from the open source community worked together to produce
JBoss 4.0. It is designed for use by Java developers, systems administrators,
and ISVs. A version intended to support enterprise applications in production
will be available in the fourt... (more)
(July 10, 2003) - JBoss Group LLC will be offering professional support
services to customers using Mac OS X version 10.3 "Panther" Server, which
features the open source JBoss application server. JBoss Group will offer a
full range of enterprise-level services, including support, training, and
"Apple's decision to embed the JBoss server continues a trend in which many
of the leading hardware, OS and software vendors are bundling our core
technology," said Marc Fleury, president and founder of JBoss Group. "JBoss
is becoming the default standard for building enterprise Web applications
because of its robust features, rock-solid stability, high quality and the
services available from JBoss Group, such as the ability to provide
enterprise customers with 24 X 7 support."
The new Panther Server incorporates the JBoss application server for running
After announcing just last week that Q4 of 2003 was "the most successful of
the company’s history in terms of strategic initiatives, product expansion
and customer and partner growth," JBoss inc. has now announced even bigger
news: the securing of $10 million in VC financing.
The $10 million is the result of what the company describes as "an
oversubscribed first round of venture financing" led by Matrix Partners, with
the participation of Accel Partners.
The new funds, JBoss Inc says, will be used "to strengthen the company’s
profitable balance sheet and support product development, infrastructure
build-out, and marketing" - allowing JBoss to ramp up to meet growing
enterprise demand for the JBoss application server and support services.
In addition, one of Matrix's general partners, serial entrepreneur, David
Skok - previously the founder and CEO of SilverStream Sof... (more)
JDJ Industry Perspective: The End of Middleware by Jonathan Schwartz,
President & Chief Operating Officer, Sun Microsystems Investing in
'Professional Open Source' - Exclusive JDJ Interview with David Skok, Matrix
Partners Creative Science Systems: Middleware for the Masses "Middleware Is
Alive and Well, Thanks!" Says TMC's Deshpande It's the Aspects A new paradigm
by JBoss's Bill Burke
Is middleware becoming commoditized, as Sun's Jonathan Schwartz contends? Or
is it a continuing growth area, as "professional open source" advocate Marc
Fleury, CEO of JBoss Inc., maintains?
Fleury is not the first to disagree with Schwartz. Salil Deshpande, CEO of
The Middleware Company said, in response to his remarks about the "end" of
"Saying that middleware is history is like saying our nation's highways,
railways, and waterways are history. They are boring when workin... (more)
Novell is going to push and support the freebie version of IBM's WebSphere
Application Server, derived from IBM's acquisition of GlueCode in 2005, as
part of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server under a new deal between the pair.
They're targeting JBoss users and will sell the widgetry together, pushing
the SOA button.
Meanwhile, the attackee, Red Hat's got Dell saying depreciating things about
legacy applications and pushing JBoss on either Linux or Windows, but
preferably as the Red Hat Application Stack, which include Red Hat Linux,
JBoss and MySQL. And it seems that Dell, Red Hat and AMD are setting up a
Java Solutions Center in Austin, Texas to develop and optimize open source
Java technologies. Isn't this fun!
In a statement, IBM and Novell said, "By entering into the agreement IBM
gains access to Novell's SMB market leadership, providing new sales
opportunities from ... (more)
Red Hat, Inc., has announced the Premier Cloud Provider Certification and
Partner Program, designed to simplify and expand the adoption of cloud
computing by enterprise customers. The program enables industry leaders in
cloud computing to become certified to offer Red Hat technology solutions.
Premier Cloud Provider Partners will collaborate with Red Hat on technical
support, security updates, hardware certification, sales and marketing and
business models. As part of the announcement, cloud computing pioneer Amazon
Web Services will extend its technology relationship with Red Hat to become
the first Red Hat Premier Cloud Provider Partner.
The Red Hat Premier Cloud Provider Program has been established to address
the increased interest in cloud computing from Red Hat customers, both in
building virtualized internal infrastructure systems and extending their