Twice the Capabilities, Half the Name

Not every Web Application has a corresponding Web API, and not every Web Service has a corresponding Web interface, but we’re seeing steady growth among customers who are building Web Applications and their APIs together.  These APIs are invaluable for leveraging advanced users and integrating with partners, but also are driven by a demand for rich applications such as native iPhone, iPad, and Android applications.

In response to this growing demand, we’ve added an exciting new feature to the WSO2 Carbon family: full support for Apache Tomcat, the leading open source servlet container. We’ve added this feature to the WSO2 Web Services Application Server — our Apache Axis2-based platform for hosting Web Services and APIs.

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As demand grows for Web APIs side by side with Web sites, a unified server provides a powerful and convenient way to provision and host both capabilities on a single server runtime, manage them through a unified console, with a single set of administrator privileges.  This unified approach offers double the benefits but at much less than double the complexity — all the benefits of the WSO2 Carbon framework, and all the skills you have in managing them, can now be applied to Web Applications.  Even multi-tenancy for deployment in the cloud — more on that in a subsequent post!

What better way to celebrate the lean nature of the product than with a new, leaner name!  appserver_logo_h23With version 4.0, the WSO2 Web Services Application Server, now no longer limited to just Web Services, is now called simply the WSO2 Application Server.  Download it today or try it out as a service at https://appserver.cloud.wso2.com!

Afkham Azeez, Senior Architect and Senior Manager

Azeez’s blog: http://blog.afkham.org/

Recognizing the Stars

No, this post is not about the Golden Globe Awards. This post is about another special awards ceremony that also took place last weekend — the annual WSO2 Awards Night!

Every year here at WSO2 we pay tribute to the top outstanding contributors. The entire team  really contains a whole bunch of stars but some do shine especially bright. Without imagetheir passion, commitment, and attitude to shine the extra mile, we would not have come this far in redefining middleware and providing support services matched by no other.

Like the Globes we’ve got a bunch of categories too: Outstanding Contributor of the Year, Customer Delight, and Outstanding Team of the Year.

And this years’ winners were … drum roll please …

Outstanding Contributor Award: Samisa, Azeez, Supun, Buddhika, Charitha, Saminda, Milinda, Evanthika, Krishantha, Chathuri, Padmika, Janath, Devaka, Shankar, Sumedha, Udeshika

Customer Delight Award: Prabath, Senaka, Hiranya, Asanka Abeysinghe, Chamith, Kasun, Nirosh

And the Outstanding Team of the Year Award goes to … the QA Team, for putting out 46 releases, about 150 patches, and 16 cloud releases, while remaining (mostly) sane.  Incredible work!

This year for the first time, we also gave out long service awards for those who’ve been in the Company for five years, which is practically since its inception. There were nine long-timers in total, including yours truly! :)

Its been a great team to work with and each year only gets better than the one before. So here’s to another outstanding year — 2011 here we come!

Hasmin AbdulCader, WSO2 Director of Marketing

Hasmin’s tweets: http://twitter.com/HasminA

How much should you care?

A couple of weeks ago, I recorded a podcast with Paul O’Connor and Dana Gardner. Paul O is someone I’ve worked with on and off for about four years now, first as he helped customers Podcast iconnavigate SOA and now as he leads their thinking in Cloud. It was immense fun recording the podcast with Paul, but, if anything, we only scratched the surface of Paul’s thinking. He is one of the real visionaries of how Cloud is going to affect large businesses IT and completely rewire it.

Paul O believes that the end-game of true cloud computing is the ability for a business to completely focus on the business and have the IT from infrastructure to development completely available as a Service. Paul calls this the Grand Unified Theory of Cloud: consuming IT entirely as a service.

I personally don’t agree: I think that there needs to be a sliding line that divides IT from the pieces I have to care about to the pieces I don’t. Twenty years ago I cared about processor instruction sets and assembly code. Today I don’t. Today, I don’t care what actual hardware my Amazon images run under — there is a rough measure and the details don’t bother me. On the other hand, if I was doing algorithmic trading, I care even about the clock frequency I can rack the machine up to. I don’t believe that we will ever get to a line where the business doesn’t care about any of the details — that simply opens up an opportunity for another business to find competitive advantage by finding something to care about. But I do agree with Paul: at the moment we are forced to care about too many aspects.

Here at WSO2 we are trying to create a platform where you can stop caring about 99% of the middleware issues and we can provide a platform that just takes care of that for you. The real Grand Unified Theory of Cloud for me is being able to choose exactly what to care and focus on in your IT, and have the other parts just work — as a service.

Find the full podcast and transcript here.

Paul Fremantle, WSO2 CTO

Paul’s blog: http://pzf.fremantle.org/

Welcome to the New WSO2 Corporate Blog

Happy New Year and welcome to the new WSO2 Corporate Blog!

Five years into the WSO2 journey, the WSO2 company and community continue to grow rapidly. This past year marked a number of significant milestones in our growth:

  • completing another year of 100% growth in customers, revenue and bookings
  • the WSO2 employee count surpassed 100
  • the WSO2 OxygenTank user community passed 30,000 registered members and 300,000 indexed pages
  • the pace of innovation remains high, with nearly 50 product and 20 service releases this last year

You can imagine the amount of documentation, articles, tutorials, and so forth this much activity generates! And WSO2 is unique in the openness and transparency with which we develop our products – with forums, mailing lists, code bases, and building an immense, fully-open knowledge base day by day.

And not just on the OxygenTank! Many bloggers including lots of WSO2 employees are regularly publishing valuable content elsewhere on a huge variety of WSO2 and industry topics. That includes me, Paul, and others of the executive team. Currently there are over 50,000 links back to the OxygenTank. Sometimes it seems impossible to keep up!

So today we’re inaugurating a simpler and more manageable way to share important technical and business milestones, executive viewpoints, and high-level commentary about industry trends. You’ll see posts from me, from co-founder & CTO Paul Fremantle, VPs Lavi De Silva, Jonathan Marsh, and Samisa Abeysinghe, and others. By consolidating and moderating contributions in a single place, we hope to make this corporate blog a concise, insightful, and entertaining way to track WSO2’s progress as we roar into our second half-decade.

Please subscribe or check back often!

Sanjiva Weerawarana, WSO2 CEO

Sanjiva’s blog: http://sanjiva.weerawarana.org/

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