Eclipse Introduces Cloud Native Future With Jakarta EE
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Friday, 27 April 2018

The Eclipse Foundation has announced a “cloud native Java” path forward for Jakarta EE, the new community-led platform created from the contribution of Java EE.



The Foundation also revealed plans for a new open source governance model. Both announcements follow Oracle's decision to transfer Java EE technologies to the Eclipse Foundation. Java EE's name will be Jakarta EE going forward following a vote by 7,000 developers to decide on a replacement name for Java EE.

The need to change the name of Java EE arose because while Oracle has handed over the open source version of Java to the Eclipse Foundation, it didn't include the names 'Java' and 'javax' as part of the handover.

Announcing the plans for a cloud native future, Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, said:

"Jakarta EE represents the best way to drive cloud native, mission critical applications and build upon the decades of Java EE experience of real world deployments and developers.“

The work will be carried out by the Jakarta EE Working Group, which is being supported by major tech companies including Fujitsu, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Payara, Red Hat, SAP and Tomitribe. The focus on cloud-native Java follows a survey sponsored by Eclipse that had responses from over 1,800 Java developers worldwide. The top three requests were for better support for microservices, native integration with container tools such as Kubernetes and DOcker, and a faster pace of innovation.

Nearly half the developers surveyed said they are already building microservices, with another 21 percent planning to join them in the next year. Of those already building Microservices, more than 50% are using Docker containers, while 95% are using Java.

While a minority of Java apps are being run in a cloud, over 30% of respondents to the survey said that within the next two years they expect to be running 60% or more of their applications in the cloud. Kubernetes was the most popular path for making Jakarta EE cloud native according to the respondents.



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