CloudBees, Inc., the Java Platform as a Service (PaaS) innovation leader, today announced that the company has been elected to the Java Community Process (JCP) Executive Committee. The JCP is an open, participative process established in 1998. Its mission is to foster the evolution of the Java platform, in cooperation with the international Java developer community. As a member of the Executive Committee (EC), CloudBees will help steer the development of Java technologies. The CloudBees seat will be held by Steven Harris, senior vice president of products.
CloudBees has been at the forefront of driving adoption of the Java platform, delivered as a service. The company believes that the changes being brought about today by the cloud and PaaS will fundamentally impact Java developers and the enterprises creating Java-based applications. The cloud ushers in a new model for more efficient delivery of IT services. The Java platform must evolve to remain relevant and to support the changes enabled by the cloud. The JCP is a key element of the overall Java ecosystem, providing the structure for community engagement on standardization, compatibility, and platform definition. CloudBees brings deep Java experience to the JCP, but with the sensibility of a startup. In addition to Harris, CloudBees employees include Sacha Labourey, CEO and former CTO of JBoss, and Kohsuke Kawaguchi, the creator of the Java-based Jenkins Continuous Integration open source project.
As the CloudBees representative to the Executive Committee, Harris brings extensive experience both with Java technology and the community. Before joining CloudBees in 2011, Harris ran the Java server development team at Oracle for 13 years. In that role, he led Oracle Java enterprise development and managed much of Oracle's participation in the JCP and other standards organizations. In addition to Oracle’s Java server product area, Harris was responsible for the BEA WebLogic and Sun GlassFish product lines, as well as Java EE overall.
“My objective is to work within the Executive Committee to find ways to relax controls and lower barriers for involvement and community contribution so that the JCP serves as a facilitator for driving the Java platform forward,” Harris said. “PaaS and the cloud are good use cases to help drive some of the changes needed within the JCP, since they are examples of innovation being driven by the community, independent of the JCP, at a rapid pace. The work ahead is very important for both CloudBees and the community overall, to ensure the continued success of Java in the future.”
CloudBees is joined by the London Java Community to fill the two open elected seats to the Executive Committee. Cinterion Wireless Modules GmbH, Credit Suisse, Fujitsu Limited and Hewlett-Packard were confirmed for the Oracle-nominated ratified seats.
The JCP Executive Committee includes leaders from across the Java community, such as Oracle, IBM, Google, Red Hat and the Eclipse Foundation.
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CloudBees (www.cloudbees.com) turbo-charges the way Java applications are built and deployed to meet the rapid pace of business in an on-line and increasingly mobile world. By eliminating the friction caused by provisioning, maintaining and administering complex hardware and software infrastructure, we streamline and accelerate the entire Java application lifecycle from development to deployment. The CloudBees Platform provides a set of rich services that are easily consumed by developers, allowing them to rapidly build and deploy new business applications with zero IT administrative overhead. Our AnyCloud Service Architecture enables those applications to be easily deployed to any public, regional or enterprise cloud environment. CloudBees serves the needs of a wide range of businesses from small startups that want to focus on quickly creating new on-line businesses to large IT organizations that need to rapidly respond to new business application projects.
Backed by Matrix Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners, CloudBees was founded in 2010 by former JBoss CTO Sacha Labourey and an elite team of middleware and open source technology professionals.