Open-source Application Servers writes about how Java-based open-source application servers like Tomcat and JBoss are commoditising the space and making life difficult for companies like BEA, IBM and Oracle.

The popularity of open-source application servers is just another force pushing providers of Java application servers to offer simpler, cheaper versions of their software. For many applications, businesses need only a relatively simple server to deliver Web pages to customers, obviating the need to invest in more robust–and expensive–features.

The trend toward J2EE application servers increasing becoming a commodity has prompted the emergence of what market researcher Gartner calls “application platform suites.” These suites are a bundle of applications that run in conjunction with a Java application server and include specialized integration software and corporate portals, which present corporate information through a browser.

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.