CRN : Breaking News : Sun To Offer Free App Server As Base For J2EE 1.4: "Sun Microsystems next week will offer a free version of its application server as the reference architecture for J2EE 1.4, Sun's software chief said Thursday.
The move is one of several upcoming Java releases that Sun is banking on to earn revenue and build out a broad infrastructure for developing, deploying and managing Web services on myriad devices, said Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's software executive vice president, at Sun's San Francisco headquarters.
Schwartz said Sun is providing its own application server for free as the J2EE 1.4 reference implementation to enable more widespread adoption of Web services on the J2EE platform. The move in no way will affect the business of J2EE vendors, such as IBM and BEA Systems, which already have their own specialized implementations, he said.
'J2EE is a commodity,' Schwartz said. 'BEA and IBM don't make money [on] J2EE,' they make it on the added functionality and solutions they offer on top of their J2EE-compatible software, he said. "