Java enthusiast and leader in database software, Oracle, plans
to launch the Java EE (enterprise edition) 7 platform and project
Avatar during the second quarter of 2013. The earlier version, Java
EE 6, has had over 40 million downloads so far and has been the
first choice for enterprise developers and the number one
application development platform.
According to Oracle, the Java EE 7 platform will further enhance
the Java EE platform for cloud environments. As a result, Java EE
7-based applications and products will be able to operate more
easily on private or public clouds and deliver their functionality
as a service with support for features such as multi-tenancy and
elasticity (horizontal scaling).
“While traditionally Java EE
has offered services within platforms like messaging service and
things like that, in EE 7, the platform itself can be offered as
service in cloud,” said Anil Gaur, VP, Software Technologies,
Oracle, on the sidelines of the JavaOne event in Hyderabad held May
3-4, 2012. “Developers are looking for a PaaS standard for
the next generation of cloud-based applications, and the Java EE
platform will be the PaaS
Oracle’s project Avatar aims to enable hybrid applications
where HTML5-based user interfaces (UIs) share content between Java
clients and Java EE servers, both in data centers and in the cloud.
“It is basically addressing the need where customers or
developers want to write their application once and use the same
applications and same UI on different kind of devices like your
mobile devices, desktops, and laptops. They don’t want to
write applications multiple times,” Gaur said.
With 97 percent of enterprise desktops running on Java and 85
percent of the phones in the world Java enabled, Oracle is
aggressive on tapping this market. Although the company declined to
share specific numbers on the revenue generated by Java and related
products, Gaur said that Java is an integral part of Oracle’s
strategy. “If you look at the fusion middleware, applications
or even in the database, they embed pieces of Java. So it is a core
part of our strategy and it’s in our best interest to move
Java forward. And, we also understand that we can only move forward
with Java with participation from other major vendors like IBM,
Apple, and many other such players.”
Ayushman Baruah is a Bangalore-based business and technology journalist with an insatiable appetite for news. He closely monitors and writes on emerging technologies such as cloud, mobility and social computing. Driven by his interest, he eagerly tracks the Indian IT-BPO sector keeping a close watch on the performance of the companies which thereby shape and shake market trends. During his career, he has covered tech events both at the national and international level and written several trend-setting news, features, and opinions.
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