GlassFish is an open source application server project started by Sun Microsystems for the Java EE platform and now sponsored by Oracle Corporation. The supported version is called Oracle GlassFish Server. GlassFish is free software, dual-licensed under two free software licences: the Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL) and the GNU General Public License (GPL) with the classpath exception.
GlassFish provides the enterprise level reliability and performance with full clustering and has a wide functionality range. It is quite cool in that it allows you to manage the central repository via the admin panel, which supports all features available in GlassFish. However, as you know, more functions = more resources.
To get your GlassFish server in the CirrusGrid Cloud, simply:
1. Log into your CirrusGrid dashboard and click New Environment.
2. Switch to the Java tab and pick GlassFish within the application servers section as shown in the picture below:
3. Once the environment is created, you can click Open in browser button next to the GlassFish server it comprises (expand the environment in the Environments pane at the top of the screen):
4. Now you can upload the Java application WAR package and deploy it to the environment.
5. The Glassfish administration panel can be accessed directly from the CirrusGrid dashboard:
Admin page will be available in a new tab.
If we compare different application servers, GlassFish starts looking a little like a resource hog, but its greediness is offset by its functionality, reliability and numerous other advantages provided.