Macromedia Updates ColdFusion for J2EE, Adds OS Support
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In a sweeping move, Macromedia Tuesday announced additions to its ColdFusion MX for J2EE Application Servers product family and added Mac OS X and AIX support.
In addition to delivering long-promised support for BEA WebLogic, Macromedia released versions of ColdFusion MX that support the latest releases of WebSphere and Sun ONE Application Server. The company also announced JRun 4 for Mac OS X and a developer edition of ColdFusion MX for JRun that supports Mac OS X, as well as AIX support for ColdFusion MX for WebSphere.
Phil Costa, senior product manager for ColdFusion, noted that the major enhancement in all of the new versions of ColdFusion is that the application is now deployed as a J2EE archive file. This allows for an easier install and enables users to take better advantage of J2EE files and their respective capabilities. (In the past, although the application itself was a J2EE file, it used an installer when deploying.)
With this release, the ColdFusion MX for J2EE product family now has optimized versions for BEA WebLogic v6 and v7, IBM WebSphere Application Server v4 and v5, JRun v4, and Sun ONE Application Server v6 and v7.
Both the WebSphere and the Sun ONE updates are available for immediate download from the Macromedia ColdFusion MX Updater.
Increased Operating System Support
Macromedia also announced JRun for Mac OS X at this time, claiming the product is the first commercial J2EE app server to support Mac OS X. The product is available for immediate purchase and is priced at $899 per processor.
JRun 4 joins a variety of Macromedia products already running natively on Mac OS X. Macromedia Flash MX, Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, Macromedia Director MX, Macromedia Fireworks MX, and Macromedia FreeHand 10 all support Mac OS X.
A developer edition of Macromedia ColdFusion MX for J2EE Application Servers that supports Mac OS X was also unveiled on Tuesday. Mac OS X support for the developer edition will enable Macromedia Studio MX developers to create and test ColdFusion MX applications on the Mac OS X platform.
The developer edition is immediately available as a free download through the Macromedia Online Store. Developer and commercial versions of JRun are available as well, Costa said.
ColdFusion MX also added support for users running WebSphere 4 or 5 on AIX.
The ColdFusion MX for J2EE Application Servers product line has been available since mid-September. It is one component of the two-part ColdFusion MX product family consisting of: 1) the ColdFusion MX Server (available in a Professional edition and an Enterprise edition), and 2) the ColdFusion MX for J2EE Application Servers product line, which is the umbrella under which the optimized versions for JRun, WebSphere, the Sun ONE Application Server, and, now, WebLogic fall.
Like the other offerings in the ColdFusion MX for J2EE Application Servers product line, ColdFusion MX for BEA WebLogic is priced at $3,399 per processor. Education, government, and volume licensing is available.
All four server are available for immediate download from the Macromedia Online Store. A trial version of ColdFusion MX for BEA WebLogic can be downloaded at http://www.macromedia.com/go/cfmx/.
With these offerings in production, the ColdFusion MX product family is complete, Costa told ServerWatch.