This of course was an April Fools!
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The cat is now out of the bag: IBM and IzPack join forces!
After months of speculations, I decided that IBM would be the best fit for the project growth. Concretely:
- IzPack will be rebranded as “IzSphere”, and
- IzSphere will be the standard deployment tool for IBM products, and
- a set of Eclipse plugins will be created and branded as “IzSphere Rapid Application Developer Tools”, and
IzPack IzSphere will switch to the Eclipse Public License, and
- development moves from Codehaus to Eclipse.org, and the source code will switch from Git to CVS to match the infrastructure at Eclipse.org.
An IBM spokesman said:
We conducted some tests and were impressed by the ability of IzPack to seamlessly handle the packaging and deployment process of the 5.5Gb of our next generation WebSphere application server.
He also mentions that IzSphere will serve as the unified deployment tool for the next WebSphere application servers:
With the advent of Java EE 6, applications are packaged and deployed as regular WAR archives. Our customers remarked that most of their WAR archives only weighted hundreds of kilobytes with this specification, and that it took a ridiculous short time to deploy them, often under 5 seconds.
We decided that having a graphical installer to deploy their applications would make them feel more at home. Especially, their applications artifacts will now be back to sizes in megabytes, and comprehensive manual deployment will ensure that they can stretch any deployment over minutes instead of seconds.
IzSphere will also serve as a basis for a new deployment paradigm:
The DevOps movement is too disruptive for the architects and infrastructure managers that we talk too. We feel that the so-called agility and lean processes it implies are simply inadequate with the requirements of serious enterprise projects. We will develop a solid methodology and governance process to address the requirements of enterprise deployments, and soon reveal the details of our upcoming IzSphere Architect Certification Program.
I am really excited with the prospect of
IzPack IzSphere new life at IBM!
We had also been approached by Google over the past few weeks. However, in a pure “not invented here” fashion that characterizes the company, they wanted us to rewrite IzPack with GWT, and switch from PicoContainer to Guice. I cannot reveal all details, but they wanted to use IzPack as the foundation of their upcoming store. They announced having hired James Gosling earlier this week, and want to repeat the success of the Java Store with him on board. Following the succesful acquisition of IzPack by IBM, it looks like that they will need to develop their own deployment solution from scratch, or fork IzPack with the help of Sonatype.
Finally, another key factor in choosing IBM was… well… IBM. They make tons of money by driving the IT of major companies around the globe. Yet, no one really knows what innovative projects they are working on, and their management does not have any famous name you can follow on Twitter. This clearly is the sign of a company you can count on. They also make stupid TV ads no one understand, and as a strong believer of the virtues of being stupid to achieve grand things in life, opting for IBM was a real no-brainer.
Long live IzSphere!