We released Tcat Server 6 R3 today. This release packs features that were directly a result of customer feedback. Here are some of the highlights:
- Support for Tomcat 7.0 beta – Tomcat 7.0 beta was recently announced. Our engineers have been working with Tomcat 7.0 to support it as soon as it came out. You can now manage Tomcat 7.0 instances as well as Tomcat 6 and 5.5 instances. We are currently the first and only vendor in the world that provides enterprise Tomcat for versions 5.5, 6.0 and 7.0 beta.
- Easiest way to run Tomcat as a Windows service – we didn’t stop at providing a way to run Tomcat as a Windows service, we integrated it with installer and provided tools that make it very easy to run Tomcat and Tcat Server console as a windows service. By running Tomcat as a Windows service, you can eliminate the need to have an administrator account logged into the server all the time.
- Super-simple deployment – Tcat Server already has an easy to use interface to deploy web applications to one or more Tomcat instances. We are taking this further by providing an easier way to upgrade a deployed application by simply clicking on an upgrade icon. We also made it easy to upload a new application or use the one that you already have in the inbuilt repository. Based on feedback from users, we changed the term from “package” to “deployment.” In prior versions, you were creating a package, starting with this R3 release, you create a “Deployment” – this is done to avoid any confusion with the overloaded term “package.”
- Import and export of server profiles – As you might already know Server Profiles is the easiest way to create a desired configuration and apply it to multiple Tomcat servers at once. We are now making it possible to share these profiles with your colleagues or other departments in your organization. For example, your NY data center can share their Server Profile with the folks in SF data center. Expect to see more public server profiles over next several months that will help you achieve desired configuration for third party software and dramatically simplify the install effort required for third party software.
- Improved navigation for server diagnostic screens – we took the opportunity to change few things in the server diagnostic screens. For example, we changed how you navigate diagnostic data of your web applications. We removed right hand tabs, instead added more intuitive drop down selection box to select the data you want to view for a webapp.
- In the world of browsers, Internet Explorer is an exception – it behaves differently that other browsers. In this release, we added logic to address these differences, to ensure that Tcat Server can work on Internet Explorer just as well as it does on Firefox and Chrome.
Over next few weeks, we will discuss the new features of the latest release in detail. Meanwhile, see it for yourself by downloading your free copy of Tcat Server here.