ISVs are the latest beneficiaries of Sun Microsystems Inc’s integrated server stack, with a planned price model designed to help control vendors’ software development costs.
Sun’s Java Enterprise System (JES), due on December 15, will be charged at $1,000 per CPU to ISVs wishing to build their own applications on top of Sun’s underlying infrastructure software.
Additionally, small businesses with less than 100 employees will get JES for free, the company said yesterday.
Sun also announced yesterday it has signed a world-wide service and support partnership for its forthcoming Java Desktop System (JDS) with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) Corp, while formally naming its Java and XML development Project Rave, due next year.
Revealing JES’s ISV price during its regular quarterly product update, Sun said its offering would be extremely attractive to high-end ISVs as JES would provide a pre-integrated set of infrastructure software at an easy-to-understand price.
Historically, Sun has provided elements in JES to ISVs separately.
However, JES includes an integrated application server, portal, directory server, and identity server with Solaris, which – for regular business customers – is priced at $100 per desktop per year or $50 per employee per year. The stack means ISVs can, theoretically, go to a single vendor if their own application requires software like director and identity, and are not charged varying amounts for items like numbers of entries in their directory.
Sun executive vice president Jonathan Schwartz said: Today, ISVs are trying to manage an impenetrable matrix of different considerations. We said Here is the whole stack: you can build your product and run that stack for $1,000 per CPU.
The company is targeting upper-tier ISVs, according to software chief technology officer John Fowler, but executives would not say which companies it is in talks with to adopt JES.
Schwartz, meanwhile, said the pricing would help commoditize the middleware market, while making Sun a volume player in this space. He claimed Sun has 50,000 employees on JES ahead of launch, with interest from organizations including mutual funds companies and a large Australian telco.
Turning to desktop systems Sun said services giant EDS would provide support, helpdesk and migration services for customers moving to Sun’s planned Java and open source desktop and abandoning Windows. Sun’s JDS is due for availability on December 8, and the company’s deal provides support on a worldwide basis.
Schwartz observed while it was important to help customers migrate, Sun doesn’t want to become directly involved in support: We don’t want to be in the business of desktop support, he said.
Focusing on application and web services programming, Sun said its planned Project Rave environment would be called Sun Java Studio Creator when it ships by the middle of 2004.
Released as a preview edition yesterday, Java Studio Creator uses visual, drag-and-drop development to build XML and Java web-based application and web services development.
Sun believes it can grow the number of Java developers by up to 10 million, from today’s 2.5 million, by targeting new, business-level developers with Java Studio Creator.
The reason .NET has gained more presence in the data center is because business analysts are picking up early copies of Visual Studio, developing applications and saying ‘Oh my God, I’ve got to deploy it now’. We are going after those folks, Schwartz said.
Also announced was an early access program for Sun Studio 8.0 and the Java Web Services Developer Pack (Java WSDP) 1.3.
This article is based material originally produced by ComputerWire.