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Payara: Open Roadmap 2020

Payara is continuing to change and improve the way it builds and reports its future platform releases through the introduction of the Open Roadmap.

As part of the new Payara Reef Community Growth Programme initiative, the Open Roadmap aims to collate user feedback clearly and effectively by allowing individuals to comment on any issues via a GitHub project board.

The Open Roadmap will:
• List an initial set of large-scale features that are actively being evaluated for implementation into the Payara Platform over the next few releases.
• Include an initial approach to the integration across all software products and tools.
• Over time, include more detail regarding the problems to be solved and how the capability of the feature will look to the user.

Designed to enhance interaction with the entire user community, including Payara Enterprise customers, the Payara Reef programme incorporates monthly online discussion forums as well as Customer Advisory Council calls to address customer needs even further.

To note:
• When a feature enters development stage, it will be moved to the Build column in the GitHub project. Both these mechanisms will indicate when a feature is likely to hit a release.
• Small features and enhancements as well as bug fixes and component upgrades won’t appear on the Roadmap and will be handled as regular GitHub or internal JIRA issues.
• All feature ideas and enhancements within Payara’s internal JIRA will be moved onto the GitHub board once further evaluation and analysis has been carried out.

Steve Millidge, CEO of Payara: “I want our engineering team to be challenged – firstly in creating a universal language that all Payara users understand, and secondly, to engage in discussions regarding user needs. By opening up the Roadmap to community involvement, Payara’s engineers can be certain that what they build meets the requirements of the community and will be widely used.”

Steve is keen for users to contribute towards the Roadmap, indicating interest in a particular feature, or outlining any feedback through comments. Payara will also be initiating mini surveys and Twitter polls to gain responses to specific questions that their engineers may need answering.

Payara: 5.201 platform specification support

On 2nd March 2020, Payara Platform 5.201 was released and made available for download. Displaying leading edge security, monitoring and encryption capabilities, the release consists of five new features, 12 improvements, 21 component upgrades and 31 bug fixes.

Two years after the release of the original Payara Platform 5, Payara Platform 5.201:

• Is an extended and updated version of the existing Monitoring Console and Request Tracing Cluster Configuration.
• Is a technical preview of the Data Grid Encryption feature.
• Syncs the Stability and Community streams.
• Incorporates significant improvements to user experience such as:
1. Better integration with monitoring.
2. Better support for preparing Payara Micro images.
3. End-to-end encryption of data stored in Payara’s cluster store backed by Hazelcast.

Current Payara Platform users looking to upgrade from a previous version should note that Derby Database has been removed in the 5.201 release and won’t be available by default.

Payara Platform Enterprise is now on a monthly release schedule for customers and a quarterly release schedule for the community. Going forward, Payara will be delivering further rapid innovation in Jakarta EE and MicroProfile within the Payara Platform.