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Tuesday October 04, 2011

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache TomEE Certified as Java EE 6 Web Profile Compatible

Groundbreaking, lightweight, scalable, all-Apache stack ideal for use in enterprise-grade Cloud applications

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced that Apache TomEE has obtained certification as Java EE 6 Web Profile Compatible Implementation.

Making its certification debut at JavaOne, Apache TomEE (pronounced "Tommy") is the Java Enterprise Edition of Apache Tomcat (Tomcat + Java EE = TomEE) that unites several quality Java enterprise projects including Apache OpenEJB, Apache OpenWebBeans, Apache OpenJPA, Apache MyFaces and more.

"It is with great pride that we're announcing Apache TomEE as a certified implementation of the Java EE 6 Web Profile," said David Blevins, Vice President of Apache OpenEJB and original co-developer of TomEE. "Apache TomEE is the newest addition to the Java EE server space, standing alongside the likes of GlassFish, JBoss, and Apache Geronimo."

Developers build applications using Java EE-certified products to ensure portability across Java Enterprise Edition-compatible solutions. Apache TomEE is one of only six certified implementations available to the industry today.

Redefining Enterprise Cloud; Unifying Communities

The three core design objectives for TomEE were: 1) do not alter Tomcat; 2) maintain simplicity; and 3) avoid architecture overhead. This enables developers to quickly and easily build highly performant lightweight enterprise solutions using leading Apache projects without the need for complex modifications or customization. Apache TomEE's integration of Apache OpenWebBeans, Apache MyFaces, Apache ActiveMQ, Apache OpenJPA, and Apache CXFis simple, to-the-point, and focused on the singular task of delivering the Java EE 6 Web Profile in a minimalist fashion.

The simple, all-Apache stack is both incredibly light and fully embeddable, making it ideal for testing and usage in today's evolution of the enterprise Cloud, where the key to scalability is hundreds of tiny servers, as opposed to the traditional definition of how large your servers. Apache TomEE boasts groundbreaking performance in the following areas:

- Size: exceptionally small (about 24MB for the entire Web profile), consumes very little resources;

- Memory: TCK (Technology Compatibility Kit) passed with no additional memory settings beyond the default – a first in Java EE; and

- Speed: runs exceptionally fast in embedded mode: start/deploy/test/undeploy/stop in 2-3 seconds.

"No longer do developers have to ask 'Do we use Tomcat or Java EE?' at the start of a project, as has been the case for the last 10 years," explained Blevins. "These two camps have historically been separate, and certification is a major step in unifying these communities. With TomEE, developers can now retire untested legacy stacks and use a reliable product that doesn't deviate from the Tomcat that they know and love."

Blevins and members of the Apache OpenEJB community will be presenting several sessions, including "TomEE – Tomcat with a Kick", in the "Servers/Tomcat & Geronimo" track at ApacheCon, 7-11 November 2011, in Vancouver, Canada. To register, visit

Availability and Oversight
Apache TomEE software is released under the Apache License v2.0, and is overseen by the Apache OpenEJB Project Management Committee (PMC) that guides the Project's day-to-day operations, community development, and product releases. Apache TomEE is certified on Amazon EC2 t1.micro, m1.small, and m1.large 32bit images; certification on 64bit EC2 images and other Cloud platforms are in the Project's future plans. Those Cloud vendors wishing to donate resources for TomEE to be certified on their platforms are encouraged to contact the Apache OpenEJB Project for information on how to participate. Apache TomEE source code, documentation, mailing lists, and related resources are available at

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees nearly one hundred fifty leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server -- the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 350 individual Members and 3,000 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(3)(c) not-for-profit charity, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including AMD, Basis Technology, Cloudera, Facebook, Google, HP, Hortonworks, IBM, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PSW Group, SpringSource/VMware, and Yahoo!. For more information, visit

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This is great. Development community had been waiting something like this for years. A free alternative to Spring LAS

Posted by Skill-guru on October 06, 2011 at 08:49 PM GMT #


Posted by hhdsimo on October 07, 2011 at 04:41 PM GMT #

Yipee! About time ! I've been waiting for this for a loooong time.

Posted by Rafik Kocharians on October 13, 2011 at 02:35 AM GMT #

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