What to expect from Microsoft and IBM keynotes at JavaOne

Will Microsoft and Sun announce Java Services for Azure?

While the future of JavaOne is anybody's guess, it's interesting to note that Microsoft and IBM are both delivering keynotes at JavaOne this year.  This is Microsoft's first JavaOne keynote and IBM's first in at least two years.

Microsoft's Dan'l Lewin will be discussing .Net and Java interoperability. It's great to see .Net and Java interoperability get more industry attention. For all the .Net-vs.-Java hype, at least one-third of customers (an old Gartner stat) have both .Net and Java. In fact, I spoke to two customers in the last month who are interested in the WebSphere CEA feature pack and have a .Net front end speaking to a Java back end. Good thing we designed for interopability from day one.

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It seems there may be a cloud angle to the Sun/Microsoft announcement. I'd hazard a guess that Sun and Microsoft will announce support for "Java Services" on Microsoft's Azure Cloud, similar to the .Net Services currently supported. It's always seemed awkward to me that Azure would be a Windows/.Net-centric (-only) cloud. Why would Microsoft choose not to address the one-third of customers that have both .Net and Java in their shop?  I have to believe that Sheila Gulati, Steven Martin, Sam Ramji, Robert Duffner, Bill Hilf, and others at Microsoft are thinking along these same lines.

IBM's Craig Hayman, will be discussing Extreme Transaction Processing (XTP) and Elasticity, two hot trends in the enterprise Java arena.  As core business applications built with Java face exponential user and transaction growth, enterprises can't really rely on a "Fail whale" strategy. Elasticity and XTP work hand in hand to address this growth with an eye on reducing costs across peaks and valleys. Craig will also cover how IBM's efforts in the open community, both through open standards and open source, are driving developer productivity and innovation.

I would have liked to attend JavaOne this year, but we're taking wee Isaac to visit family in Ireland. If he fares well on this six-hour flight, the 20-hour trip to India is up next! Clouds, Java, .Net, and XTP will surely be waiting when we get back.

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