The Future of Cloud-Native, Open Source Java with Jakarta EE

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It's here! The Eclipse Foundation has announced the future of Java EE with the release of Jakarta EE ; a cloud-native Java and an open source governance model. As enterprises modernize their infrastructure for cloud, microservices and containers, the technological transformation requires a new governance model that provides faster release cycles to keep pace with innovation, along with an open source, community-driven evolution of the platform.


Oracle contributed Java EE technologies to the Eclipse Foundation, where they will evolve under the Jakarta EE brand with a multi-vendor, community-driven governance model to help drive cloud native, mission critical applications.


As Strategic Members of the Eclipse Foundation, we're dedicated to helping shape the future of open source, and continuously invest our resources and expertise to the improvement, innovation, and development of open source technologies and Jakarta EE. Our involvement allows us to support the sustainability of the community, participate in marketing programs, and have direct access to the governance of both the Jakarta EE Working Group and the Eclipse Foundation. Steve Millidge, Director of Payara®, is also a Project Management Committee member of Jakarta EE. The Payara team are also contributing to optimizing Enterprise Java for microservices architectures to help enterprises make their journey into the cloud, working closely with customers to shape Jakarta EE to meet their future needs, and are active committers to the Eclipse MicroProfile initiative.


Jakarta EE Aims to Offer Java Users Reliable Paths to Cloud Modernization


In a survey of over 1,800 Java developers from around the world (sponsored by the Eclipse Foundation), the three most critical areas developers wanted to see enhanced with Jakarta EE include:

  • Better support for microservices architecture
  • Move to Cloud-Native Java, with improved integrations with Kubernetes, Docker, and others
  • Faster pace of innovation

To help provide developers with their wish list and help create portable, cloud-native applications, the Jakarta EE platform's new governance model is expected to evolve quickly and incorporate Java innovations from open source communities like Eclipse MicroProfile.


"Cloud native computing based on Kubernetes is driving a wave of innovation in the software industry" said Chris Aniszczyk, Chief Technology Officer of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. "Jakarta EE has the potential to establish Java as a first class language and platform in this space. Given Java's broad adoption in the enterprise, Jakarta EE can enable millions of developers to build and deploy cloud native applications."


Jakarta EE will follow the proven open source model for faster release and innovation cycles. In fact, the Jakarta EE project is already committed to two releases this year. Under the new open source model, the Jakarta EE Working Group:


  • Plans to lower barriers to adoption
  • Continue to grow the community
  • Manage the Jakarta EE brand on behalf of the community


Do You Want to Help Shape the Future of Cloud-Native Java?


You can still become part of the community, help protect your investments in Java EE, and join the Jakarta EE Working Group to:


  • Contribute to Jakarta EE strategy and priorities
  • Assist in defining and evolving the specifications process
  • Offer your insights to the technology roadmap


For more information about Jakarta EE, and about joining the Jakarta EE Working Group, please visit