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Sun Microsystems  has updated its Java Enterprise System, a software suite the company offers to prop up customers' Web services , composite applications and collaboration tools.

Java Enterprise System is Sun's answer to IBM's  WebSphere and BEA's  WebLogic infrastructure software suites. The three rivals try to lure customers with building blocks for service-oriented architectures (SOA) that support newfangled Web 2.0 services, such as wikis, blogs and mashups.

The Java ES 5.0 includes a new monitoring console to make it easier for customers to watch applications run in a system, said Jim McHugh, vice president of software infrastructure at Sun.

Java ES 5.0 also features a new common installer to help administrators install and configure in global, local, sparse and root computing zones to boost system resource utilization.

At the component level, McHugh said Identity Manager 7.0, Identity Auditor and Identity Manager Service Provider Edition have been rolled into one product for Java ES 5.0, enabling developers to automate periodic access review for legislative compliance. Software that alleviates compliance pains is in demand, thanks to Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA.

Also, Application Server Enterprise Edition is the first to incorporate Java EE 5.0, enabling it to deploy faster and work better with NetBeans 5.0.

The Directory Server Enterprise Edition boasts a virtual directory to provide admins virtual views of data pulled form multiple directories or databases.

Java ES 5.0 Portal supports AJAX for the desktop, while Service Registry supports ebXML Registry Profile for Web Services and support for JavaDB running in network server mode.

Java ES 5.0 continues to be a free, subscription-based software suite as per Sun's enlightened software model of offering its software via an open source license.

Customers who choose to procure assurance and support may do so for the entire software system for $140 per employee per year. Or they may purchase individual suites for $50 per employee per year.

Sun's contention for the last year has been that customers will download the software, play with it, and come back to Sun to pay for software support.

This can be valuable for customers who want to go deeper into deploying Java ES products, such as the Java Composite Application Platform Suite (Java CAPS) for deploying composite applications as part of an SOA.

Some customers seem to appreciate the open source/paid licensing options. McHugh said that since 2006 the total number of Java ES subscribers has increased to more than 1.3 million.

"We think that everyone should have complete, free and open access to all of our software."