London, UK and Gothenburg, Sweden 13th December, 2010 – Paremus, the pioneer of OSGi™ based Private Cloud computing, today announced a partnership with Makewave, the company behind the Knopflerfish OSGi Service Platform, and whose company history is intertwined with the birth of OSGi, to provide a fully supported software distribution for the most demanding of enterprise customers.
Just as Linux adoption in the enterprise benefited from the availability of commercially supported ‘Linux stacks’, Paremus and Makewave believe that the ‘Nimble Distribution’, the industry’s first fully commercially supported distribution of OSGi for the Enterprise, will help further accelerate OSGi adoption. This is especially true for those organizations that see modularization as a core element in achieving radical reductions in application Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
The Nimble Distribution will initially comprise of the following elements:
- Paremus OSGi Shell (Posh) – A Unix-like interactive shell and scripting environment for OSGi.
- Nimble Resolver – The engine of the Nimble Distribution; fast, flexible and highly extensible, the industries most sophisticated and simple to use policy based OBR dependency resolver and provisioner.
- Remote Services & Remote Service Admin - A high quality, high performance implementation of the OSGi Alliance’s specifications by Paremus, that includes pluggable discovery, topology and synchronous/asynchronous distribution providers.
- Makewave Knopflerfish Pro Enterprise – a high quality, certified compliant, implementation of the latest OSGi R4 V4.2 service platform specifications.
The Nimble Distribution will also offer Apache Felix and Equinox as alternative OSGi service platforms.
“The objective is simple. Developers can download Nimble secure in the knowledge that the distribution is rigorously tested and supported by two of the industry’s most innovative OSGi companies,” said Christer Larsson, Makewave CEO. "From the developer’s desktop to a distributed production system, we aim to provide a coherent OSGi offering that is simple to use and backed by the highest quality support.”
“Customers can start developing Blueprint or Declarative Service based applications using Nimble, and deploy these to Production,” said Richard Nicholson, Paremus CEO. ”When ready, the customer has the option to deploy these self-same applications, without change, to the Paremus Service Fabric; thereby realizing additional reductions in application TCO and OPEX savings.”
The ‘Nimble Distribution Starter Pack’ is available as a free download and enables a developer to use it on up to five machines. Organizations that want to deploy the resultant systems to production may then upgrade to Standard or Premium support. Standard and Premium customers will also have access the Paremus commercial OBR repository, which will include a range of supported generic and industry aligned OSGi bundles.. Source code is also available to Premium support customers.
“Discounts are available to customers who upgrade to Standard or Premium support within six months of downloading the ‘Starter Pack’, and members of the OSGi Alliance are also entitled to an additional 10% discount,” said Mike Francis Paremus, Sales & Marketing Director. “The OSGi Alliance provides important stewardship of the OSGi specifications and this is one way in which Paremus and Makewave can help encourage users of OSGi to join the Alliance and participate.”
The Nimble Distribution is available immediately from www.paremus.com/nimble.