A Better Tomcat for Ubuntu and Debian

February 17 2010

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As mentioned in my last post, I have recently spent some time improving the Tomcat package on the Ubuntu and Debian Linux distributions. This post goes into more detail on those changes.

Our Open Source Contributions Beyond Mule: Tomcat, Ubuntu, and Debian

February 16 2010

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Recently, while working with Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, an opportunity came up for us at MuleSoft to take on open-source community work to improve the Ubuntu Tomcat 6 package. Having spent several years administering the most popular Tomcat Internet Relay Chat channel, I’ve gathered lots of feedback from Tomcat users about what they had difficulty with, and the changes I had to offer turned into implementation work.

Simplicity in the Cloud: Announcing Cloudcat

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Today, MuleSoft announced a new cloud service offering – Cloudcat – which will dramatically reduce the time and effort it takes to use Apache Tomcat in the cloud.

Your application infrastructure should never get in the way of delivering the web applications.  Cloud computing has been gaining rapid adoption with developers and IT organizations alike, as it is often the easiest way to provision infrastructure for delivering applications.

Is your Tomcat Secure?

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Apache Tomcat is the perfect application server for deploying your web applications in production. In fact, it also happens to be the only Java application server that has hardening guidelines published by Center for Internet Security (CIS). CIS publishes hardening guidelines for widely used software to help enterprises protect their deployments. The very fact that they have hardening guidelines for Tomcat is a testament to its widespread popularity and usage.

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Apache Releases Tomcat 6.0.24 – Whats New

January 21 2010

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The new stable release of Tomcat 6.0.24 represents six months of open source software development. Version 6.0.24 includes a small number of new features, plus a large amount of important bug fixes and enhancements. This release is an incremental bug fix release, but the number of fixes included in this release is high.

Tomcat Restarts: Is it a Big Deal?

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While we like to believe that our application servers and web applications are flawless, the reality is that applications have bugs. Sometimes, they have nasty bugs, such as holding onto references and thus causing larger memory consumption over time. As a result, many IT operations have put in place processes to restart the application servers and web applications on a periodic basis. Some have written scripts to do this, and some rely on an administrator to wake up in the middle of the night to login remotely to the server and do the restarts.

Research Report Confirms Shift to Apache Tomcat

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The move from big legacy Java EE application servers such as IBM WebSphere and Oracle WebLogic to Apache Tomcat is accelerating, according to a recent Tomcat survey that MuleSoft drove in collaboration with Computerworld.

Saving Time Using Tcat Server’s Centralized Configuration Management

December 17 2009

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For those of you who are using Apache Tomcat in QA, staging, or production, I have no doubt that periodically you end up in the situation where you need to configure Tomcat’s server.xml, catalina.properties, logging.properties, and/or other Tomcat configuration files so that your webapps run the way you need them to run. Even though Tomcat allows us to configure the webapp’s <Context> in a separate file from server.xml,

Announcing Tcat Server 6 R2

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am happy to report that Tcat Server 6 R2 is now available for download. Since the release of Tcat Server 6, we have had lot of feedback from users. In addition to positive feedback, they also wanted us to add new features to the product. We worked closely with these users to come up with the user stories and then implement them. We believe these features would make Tcat Server 6 even more compelling for organizations using Apache Tomcat in development and production. The features are focussed on reducing the manual effort associated with using Apache Tomcat.

The new features are:

What are we adding to Tcat Server?

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Since the GA of the Tcat Server product, the development team has been working on the next version of the product. During this time, we also participated at Oracle OpenWorld, and got to meet over 2,000 people who previewed the Tcat Server – it was great hearing from them that the product is very easy to use and is highly useful for organizations using Tomcat.