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InfoWorld: Enhydra broadens e-biz options

Apr 13, 2000, 21:19 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Yager)

"Creating and deploying e-business applications that leverage open-source technologies can be a new but worthwhile experience for corporate developers. Linux isn't the only thing coming from the open-source community; there are business applications, development tools, databases, and more. You'll still need to purchase support for these products and orient your staff to a new way of thinking about software. But it is a cost-effective solution for corporate application frameworks that closely rival commercial software products."

"Lutris Technologies' Enhydra is already the No. 1 open-source application server and is also making a push into the commercial space. The company has provided developers with a rich set of tools that rivals competitors such as BEA's WebLogic and IBM's WebSphere. Enhydra's Version 3.0, standard edition gives developers a rich set of tools for server-based Java applications, including such facilities as databases, load balancing, DHTML, XML, and WML (Wireless Markup Language). The product comprises the Enhyrda Multiserver, Enhydra Director, a broad assortment of APIs and services, and Presentation, Session and Database Managers."

"Enterprise and professional versions of Enhydra will be released later this year; the enterprise version, expected to be priced at less than $1,000, will meet the needs of higher-end settings that require J2EE support. Until then, bear in mind that the commercial version may not include up-to-the-minute releases of its components (although they're always downloadable from www.enhydra.org). The controlled, certified release, an approach pioneered by commercial Linux vendors, makes support and development assistance services possible."

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