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What is the Railo Enterprise Bundle?

October 2, 2009 ·

I've received some questions about the Railo Enterprise Bundle so I figured it would be good to blog an answer for everyone. The questions are usually couched in terms of "what's in the enterprise version of Railo that isn't in the free version?" and, given Adobe's and New Atlanta's tiered editions and pricing, it's not too surprising that people think the Railo Enterprise Bundle is a different "edition" of the Railo server that costs money (and has more features). Perhaps we've chosen a misleading name for it but the bundle is pretty much exactly that: a collection of stuff you can buy, but at a reduced price. So what do you get in the bundle?
  • FusionReactor Enterprise Server Monitor
  • FusionDebug Interactive Step Debugger
  • All the current Railo commercial extensions
In addition, you get one year's Silver support from Railo and a year's maintenance on FusionReactor and FusionDebug. And you save money over buying all the components separately. Let's dig into the bundle more deeply...The bundle includes a FusionReactor Enterprise license with a year's maintenance which would normally cost you $799. That's the standard product you can buy from Intergral, the makers of FusionReactor, today. The bundle also includes a server license of FusionDebug. This is a little different to what you can buy from Intergral right now. They offer a single client license ($399 with a year's maintenance) and a 5 client license license ($1,495 with a year's maintenance). What you get in the Railo bundle is a server license of FusionDebug which offers unlimited clients. The value to you depends on how many developers you have that would need to run debug sessions against the server for which you buy the bundle :) Since you are debugging against the JVM on the server, you can only have one active connection at a time, but the number of developers who can install FusionDebug and connect to that server is unlimited. Then there's the Railo commercial extensions:
  • CFVIDEO - $100 / server
  • Amazon S3 - $100 / server
  • URL Spidering for CFSEARCH - $100 / server
  • Cluster Scope - $200 / server
  • Administrator Synchronization - $200 / server
  • Caching (memcached, ehCache, distributed caching etc) - $200 / server
That's $900 worth of extensions and you'll get any minor updates and fixes to the extensions for free during the year. And on top of that you currently get a year of Silver Support for your server which includes four hours of consulting support and, like all our support packages, a guaranteed SLA response time on problems and a discount on any additional consulting you may need. Silver Support would normally cost $999 / server. Going back to the original question, the only enterprise-only "feature" in the Railo bundle is the hook for the server license of FusionDebug so that you can have an unlimited number of clients debugging against that server (normally FusionDebug is licensed on the client instead). Otherwise, the Railo server is the Railo server - the same CFML support and functionality, the same high performance, the same innovative features that you'll find in the free open source version. The Railo Enterprise Bundle is all about value-add, offering a cost-effective way to get best-in-class monitoring and debugging tools, extensions for sophisticated, large-scale web sites and a full year of support and maintenance with the option of additional consulting at a discount. Expect to see more posts from the Railo team about FusionReactor Server Monitor and FusionDebug CFML Debugger over the coming weeks, as well as more insight into the capabilities of the commercial extensions.

Tags: coldfusion · railo

2 responses

  • 1 Ulf // Oct 4, 2009 at 3:16 AM

    Hi Sean,

    I have a question about Fusion Debug:

    1. Can I install Fusion Debug on my developer machine and the other parts on my production machine?

    2. Can I use Fusion Debug with other supported CFML Engines?

    The answer to question 1 is much more important for me, because I need debugging locally and don't like to enable debugging on my production machine.

    Beside these open questions this seems to be a great price for the whole package.
  • 2 Sean Corfield // Oct 4, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    @Ulf, I think the FusionDebug web site will answer both questions and more:

    http://www.fusion-reactor.com/fd/

    The debugger is a client app so, yes, you'd install it locally to debug a remote server. And, yes, it works with Adobe ColdFusion 6 onward as well as Railo.