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Poll Result: GlassFish Has a Promising Future

Posted by editor on October 16, 2009 at 6:32 AM PDT

Voters in this past week's poll expect GlassFish to be an important application server for a long time to come. A total of 479 votes were cast. The exact question and results were:

What future do you foresee for GlassFish?

  • 15% (74 votes) - GF will ultimately become the predominate app server
  • 35% (167 votes) - GF will be a major player long term
  • 14% (67 votes) - GF will hold its own
  • 24% (116 votes) - I have doubts about GF's future
  • 11% (55 votes) - I don't know; other

Summing the positive options, 64% of voters believe GlassFish will be viable going forward. Many of the 24% who have doubts about GlassFish's future may be thinking about the Oracle acquisition of Sun. However, no one specifically stated that in a comment.

While GlassFish is an open source project, it clearly receives significant funding and support from Sun. At JavaOne, a large section of the pavilion floor was occupied by GlassFish-related booths. That area definitely felt like a "Sun" area, as I wandered through it. The GlassFish project home page today highlights several Sun white papers. Clearly, Sun's support of GlassFish is substantial.

Once the acquisition by Oracle is complete, a new set of bosses will be defining the priorities. And certainly there is overlap between GlassFish and Oracle's existing product line up. Oracle claims Sun is going to make a lot of money for Oracle shareholders. If they don't see a direct contribution to the Oracle bottom line from GlassFish, will they want to continue the current level of support?

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