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n°22  |  January   2008
Solutions
OW2 releases JOnAS 5, a new-generation dynamic application platform for mission critical computing


The first Open Source platform offering:
• Breakthrough flexibility for tomorrow's dynamic SOAs with unique OSGiTM architecture
• Easy application development and deployment through smart Java EE 5 support
• Ultimate scalability and high availability, with autonomous clustering management

OW2, the leading consortium in Open Source middleware, is today announcing the release of JOnAS 5.0, a new-generation release of its flagship application server.

Already deployed in production for thousands of enterprises and government applications worldwide, JOnAS 5 represents a breakthrough in application platforms, fulfilling the needs of organizations seeking to deploy open and robust Java application services while preparing for tomorrow's flexible Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs).

‘Dynamic SOAs are the cornerstone of the flexible, self-adapting information systems of tomorrow.” declared Cedric Thomas, CEO, OW2. “By providing the first Open Source dynamic application platform, with mission-critical grade scalability combined with the OW2 rich solutions ecosystem, we now offer the ideal platform for helping businesses build their SOA applications for today while preparing for the future.”

A new-generation application platform
A breakthrough in JOnAS development, JOnAS 5 incorporates many innovations, combining research from the members of its development community across Europe (Bull, France Telecom, INRIA, LIFL, UJF, UPM...), Asia (CVICSE, Peking University...) and America (UNIFOR...). The objective is prepare for the dynamic SOAs of the future, while solving today's enterprise needs for mission-critical scalability and availability. As a result, JOnAS 5 offers:

  • Breakthrough flexibility for SOAs, with unique OSGiTM architecture. The first Open Source application server fully based on OSGiTM architecture and technology, JOnAS 5 offers a new-generation approach to application servers. Completely rewritten to be based on OSGiTM modules, JOnAS 5 implements a service-oriented architecture in the application server itself, enabling the server and its services to be dynamically adapted and extended depending on users’ needs and the constraints of their environment. As a result, with JOnAS end users benefit from a breakthrough modular and flexible platform, that can be dynamically adapted to their needs, upgraded without interruption of service, extended on the fly with new services and opened up to the multitude of third-party services from the OSGiTM world, such as RFID. Thanks to JOnAS 5, the OSGi and Java EE worlds will be able to share services.
  • Easy application development and deployment, through smart Java EE 5 support. With Java EE 5 compliance and complete integration with OW2 EasyBeans technology (EJB3), JOnAS 5 offers simple development, integration and deployment features. JOnAS 5 leverages the ‘ease of development‘ features of Java EE 5 by providing additional facilities. In particular, the EasyBeans EJB3 container provides automatic reloading of classes and a faster development and deployment process. Large-scale deployments are also simplified with a smart and reduced API capable of downloading higher level APIs from the server. As a result, end users and developers can easily design, distribute and run their Java applications with low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
  • Ultimate scalability and high availability, with autonomous clustering management. As a result of the associated OW2 project JASMINe, JOnAS 5 now offers the most advanced cluster configuration and management tools in the Open Source world today. Dynamic clustering, load balancing and replication are ensured. It will also enable autonomous behavior, with self-repair and self-optimization according to set management rules. As a result, JOnAS 5 offers the perfect Open Source solution to organizations wishing to deploy highly scalable and available application services for mission-critical applications.

An open foundation platform for dynamic Service-Oriented Architectures
As one of the cornerstones of the numerous middleware solutions delivered by the OW2 consortium, JOnAS is at the heart of OW2's new ’Reference Architecture‘. It is a foundation of OW2's rich solutions ecosystem, which includes advanced portal solutions (such as the Exoplatform portal ), ESB solutions (including the Petals Enterprise Service Bus) and business process management solutions (combining the Bonita XPDL workflow manager and Orchestra BPEL solution), among many others.

JOnAS 5 is a fundamental milestone in the development of JOnAS,” concludes François Exertier, R&D Manager at Bull and JOnAS project Manager at OW2. “It embodies the mission and the values of our community: combining the open innovations of a large international community – including some of the leading IT research organizations in Europe, Asia and America – and our commitment to provide a platform for mission-critical computing. By introducing breakthrough modularity with OSGiTM architecture, we are providing a modular platform that can be easily complemented by third parties. It will also be well suited for Java EE 6 profiles. We call on other Open Source communities and ISVs to join us in our efforts, and to add contributions to this open platform.

More information on the JOnAS project Web site
JOnAS 5.0 (Release Candidate) is available on 14 December 2007.
More information about JOnAS is available at the JOnAS project Web site: http://jonas.ow2.org

About OW2
Founded in January 2007 as a result of the merger of ObjectWeb and OrientWare communities, OW2 is an independent industry consortium dedicated to developing Open Source code middleware and to fostering a vibrant community and business ecosystem. Building on the legacy of ObjectWeb and OrientWare, OW2 brings together more than one hundred organizations and 6,000 developers in Europe, Asia and the Americas. OW2 hosts over one hundred technology Projects, including Lomboz, Funambol, eXo Platorm, XWiki, SpagoBI and JOnAS. Several of these projects are combined into market-driven Initiatives, such as the ESB/SOA Initiative and the Business Intelligence Initiative, which facilitate their implementation by systems integrators, OEMs and end-users. A typical global Open Source organization, OW2 aims to bring together grassroots communities across all continents through Local Chapters.
More information about OW2: http://www.ow2.org

Open Source, at the heart of Bull telecommunications projects

In order to reduce costs while also delivering flexible solutions, Bull is integrating more and more Open Source components in projects aimed at its telecoms operator customers. In effect, whether it involves adapting to meet the sudden increase in workload created by introducing a new service, or adapting new services in response to marketing requirements, the flexibility of the solution determines just how flexible the operator can be when reacting to its competitors.

By way of illustration, I want to tell you about three quite different applications,” Christian Giusti, Director of Bull Telecommunications & Media* operations in Franceexplained to us. “The first involves an innovative postal mail application, the second a mobile phone/Internet interface, and the third enables remote management of network equipment deployed by private individuals. When it comes to electronic stamp, our services meet the Electronic PostMark™ (EPM™) standards set out by the Universal Postal Union (UPU). Bull’s solution uses Linux Red Hat, Apache, JOnAS, Axis, MySQL and PHP 5. For our MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) gateway solution, Bull has recently developed new functionality and put in place a new administration site that mainly uses PostFix. Finally, the remote management system for private individuals’ network equipment integrates around the software publisher’s own management solution, the Resin Professional J2EE application server, and the PostgreSQL cluster database. In each of these instances, Bull gives the operator the benefit of our experience as an IT maker, combined with our knowledge of Open Source to provide a single point of contact for maintenance, support and high availability of solution components. The other advantage for the operator is that they have access to a scalable solution from the moment the service is launched, and so avoid paying repeatedly for the various different stages in its growth.”

Success story: handling shared services for an IP provider
Bull has developed a platform of shared services, using JOnAS, AIX 5.3 and Oracle 9.2. Initially designed to support the launch of a new IP operator – where it proved its worth by supporting the business through its amazingly successful start-up phase – this platform now gives Bull a key component that can be re-deployed in similar integration projects for other operators’ information systems.
The JOnAS applications server consists of two dedicated interfaces that provide links with the CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system on the one hand, and the billing and provisioning system on the other. The Shared Services platform handles all exchanges of data flows relating to orders and deliveries, subscriber information (including account and consumption details), services offered, bill generation, outstanding payment collection and resources assigned to a service. The solution is scalable and enables new data flows to be rapidly integrated.
In addition, Bull can draw on its teams of Open Source experts at Grenoble in France, when it comes to support. Thanks to this approach, the Group can shorten the application development life cycle by using a comprehensive environment for development, assembly, testing and implementation. The resulting, secure solution offers guarantees when it comes to information system maintenance at an operational level. Running costs are reduced thanks to a built-in automated management system that limits the need for human intervention.
Finally, a series of tools accessible via a Web console (NovaForge Web client) and an Eclipse client (NovaStudio) provide services for the design, automated code generation, application composition, and configuration of component parts making up the infrastructure.

* Bull Telecommunications & Media Business Unit delivers solutions worldwide and has established several centers of expertise and software development in France (in Paris region, Grenoble and Bordeaux), as well as in Morocco, Poland and Brazil.

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Bull strengthens its Bio Data Center offering with a new NovaScale blade server
  • Energy efficiency with quad-core processors and SSD discs
  • Enhanced availability thanks to innovative storage technology
 

Bull launched the NovaScale® B260LV (Low Voltage) blade server, designed to cut power consumption for IT infrastructures while boosting their availability. This new server strengthens Bull’s Bio Data Center offering, aimed at combining flexibility, performance and sustainable development within the Data Center.

The new NovaScale B260LV blade server features Intel® Xeon® L5335 quad-core processors, reducing electrical consumption by 40% compared with traditional processors, as well as SSD type (Solid State Disks) discs that reduce energy consumption by 87% in comparison to classic storage solutions. The NovaScale B260LV blade server is ready to feature Intel® Xeon® 5400 processors in order to protect investments.

The NovaScale B260LV blade server is particularly well-suited to demanding environments in terms of cooling facilities, floor space and high levels of performance. Integrated in a high-density, optimized chassis, it provides the ideal platform for Web 2.0 infrastructures as well as for rationalizing and simplifying the Data Center.

Advantages of the NovaScale B260LV server

  • Considerably reduced power consumption
  • Unrivalled performance/watt ratio
  • High-level availability with SSD discs
  • Lower total cost of ownership thanks to rapid R@ck n’ Roll deployment and easy management with NovaScale Master

Price and availability
Price of a NovaScale B260LV configuration with 2GB of memory, one Intel® Xeon® L5320 processor and a 16GB SSD disc: €3,270 (list price).
Available immediately.

* By way of comparison, the Bull NovaScale B260LV server consumes 16% less electricity than the HP BL460c blade server that has identical characteristics (Source: HP Bladesystem sizer V2.8.1).

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