One of Pivotal’s senior engineers, leading expert, and Tomcat contributor, Mark Thomas, made the announcement on Tuesday via Apache Tomcat mailing lists. Tomcat 8.0 supports the Java SE 7 specifications including, Java Servlet 3.1, JavaServer Pages 2.3, Java Unified Expression Language 3.0, and the new Java WebSocket 1.0 specifications.
Developed in parallel, Thomas had previously explained how specifications and releases are related, “As the work on the specifications proceeds, and, as the changes firm up, then those changes will be implemented in the Tomcat 8 branch.”
The application server has been the centerpiece of modern architectures for web-based applications for over a decade. However, there are trends in technology that make us rethink how we use application servers and how we can get the most value out of them.
Over the years enterprises have built up considerable technical debt. This debt is made up of outdated processes, legacy applications, and stale technologies. We are all familiar with the types of headaches caused by older apps:
Development is slow.
Costs continue to rise, not fall.
Business needs are increasing in speed and complexity.
The good news are there are solutions today that solve all of these challenges. This post and accompanying video are aimed straight at helping you understand what will help you evolve your applications to a modern approach that will benefit your company and your customers alike. Using VMware and open source technologies such as Spring, Apache Tomcat, vSphere, Spring Insight and Hyperic we will explain to you how these tools and methodologies come together with tc Server to evolve your development organization and applications to tap into the full potential of lean development and cloud computing.
Additionally, VMware will continue testing and validating future versions of the vFabric Suite on Java 6 until further notice.
What this means for customers
vFabric customers that chose not to update their applications to Java 7 will still enjoy the same level of support from VMware for their vFabric middleware stack that powers their Java 6 applications, even past its end of life. It also means that Java 6 will continue to be a testing requirement for future versions of vFabric Suite. Customers not interested in updating their applications to Java 7, can continue to trust their vFabric upgrades from VMware.
Earlier this month, the vFabric team released vFabric Suite 5.1, an integrated suite of primarily open-source based middleware components extended with enterprise management and monitoring features. Included in this release is the brand new tc Server 2.7, which offers enterprise features built on an Apache Tomcat base. vFabric tc Server is the best way to harness the simplicity of Apache Tomcat with the demanding enterprise capabilities required by large-scale deployments. The update details are in the release notes and documentation; however, there are 4 key highlights that are important to helping improve performance management for java applications including:
REST API for tc Server with the vFabric Administration Server
Today, VMware announced the release of VMware vFabric Suite 5.1, an integrated family of components that streamline how companies build, run and manage Java Spring applications whether on-premise or in the cloud. At VMware, we understand that smart, agile and cost-effective cloud infrastructure services are important. But ultimately, it’s about the applications that run atop that cloud infrastructure.
This latest release of vFabric Suite puts the largest set of modern cloud services within easy reach for companies that need to build cloud-ready Java applications that are deployed easily, scale quickly, and use popular open source application infrastructure technologies.