Two recent stories on Application Servers — News.com writes about Sun’s plans to bundle the AppServer into the Solaris OS, and BusinessWeek writes about the competition faced by BEA from IBM. BEA is the current market leader, with IBM running it close. Microsoft is the other player working hard to get in.
Application Servers connect the OS to the eBusiness applications. According to News.com, it is a “technology that runs e-business and other Web site transactions. It’s essential back-end software that has become a standard piece of e-business infrastructure.” A little more explanation from BusinessWeek: “The Web application server is the traffic cop for the Internet, creating and posting Web pages on the fly and handling transactions for the busiest Web sites and run-the-business applications.”
In the open-source world, there is JBoss.