Glassfish v3 Roadmap - clustering is supported & v4 remains open source

Finally the long awaited Glassfish v3 road-map has been released by Oracle. There are many things clarified in this road-map. Good news is about "Centralized clustering" which will be part of v3.

As mentioned in the Glassfish Wiki, the scope of Glassfish v3 is to build the modular, Java EE 6 based version. This is going to be the next major release of GlassFish. This release is currently under development and will focus on the following features:

  • Clustering and Centralized Administration
  • High Availability
  • Value Added Features

Below are some highlights from the details of road-map.

  • What will happen to high availability and clustering capabilities of GlassFish, will they stay open source and included in the download bits?
  • Yes, centralized admin and clustering will be in the open source version.
  • Will the community edition of GlassFish remain full featured?
  • Yes, the Open Source version is fully featured, including full JavaEE 6 support (not just the Web Profile) and things like administration and clustering. Shoal-based, in-memory replication is part of this. The Oracle distribution of GlassFish is just the Open Source version + branding elements + Closed-Source AddOns.
  • What is the target date for 3.1?
  • The target date is later in 2010. We can't give exact date but we do have to ship the 3.0.1 and 2.1.2 ("100 day") releases first.
  • Is there any indication if GlassFish 4 will remain Open Source?
  • Yes, GlassFish 4 will remain Open Source.

My previous post(Glassfish v3 may never support clustering) was a deep concern about Glassfish v3 Clustering. Most of my fellow developers had shown same concern about Glassfish v3 future not being clear. I am sure after official release of this road-map it relaxes everyone and stops all speculations.

Thanks Nazrul for keeping me informed about the GF3 road-map update.

More Resources for details:

Glassfish Roadmap

Plans for Glassfish - PDF

Plans for Glassfish v3 Wiki

Replays for GlassFish Roadmap - Video


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