Pivotal and VMware are partnering to deliver well-managed, agile and secure data and application infrastructure for VMware environments across public, private and hybrid clouds. Pivotal tc Server formerly known as VMware vFabric tc Server, is now part of the Pivotal portfolio of products.

Pivotal tc Server provides enterprise users with a lightweight Java application server that extends Apache Tomcat for use in large-scale mission-critical environments.

The best place to build and run Spring Java applications

Pivotal tc Server, the best place to build and run Spring Java applications, provides enterprise users with a drop-in replacement for Apache Tomcat which is extended for ease of use in the enterprise. Pivotal tc Server ensures a seamless migration path for existing custom-built and commercial software applications already certified for Tomcat, and includes a free developer edition that is designed to make development in Spring more efficient.

Lean, Powerful Apache Tomcat-Compatible Server

Pivotal tc Server provides companies with a secure, supported, and extended Java application server based on and fully compatible with Apache Tomcat. Many companies are attracted by the simplicity and performance of Tomcat but must balance that simplicity with the responsibility of running large server farms hosting mission-critical applications. Pivotal tc Server strikes that balance for both development and operations teams by including optional extensions and packages that facilitate installation, maintenance, upgrade, and performance management, without breaking the essential qualities that make Tomcat so popular.  

Increase Developer Productivity with visibility into Spring

With Spring Insight for Developers, Pivotal tc Server helps to dramatically increase development productivity by giving Java developers unparalleled insight into the performance and behavior of their Spring applications. Developers gain a deep understanding of application performance characteristics by tracing code execution - including both tracing within Spring and tracking wait-times for external dependencies - and visually identifying problematic code. Early detection and diagnosis of underperforming application areas enable developers to deliver high-performance applications faster than ever before. Spring Insight is also available in a multi-node version for production operations teams as part of Pivotal tc Server.

Watch a demo on tc Server Spring Insight

Lightweight Application Server Optimized for Virtual and Cloud Environments

Pivotal tc Server provides a lean platform for running modern applications and is ideally suited for the cloud and virtualized datacenters. Thanks to its very small footprint and lean approach (Pivotal tc Server can even run as an embedded library in a Java application), Pivotal tc Server typically requires significantly less computing resources than typical JEE application servers, enabling greater application server density within a virtual environment. An integrated experience with VMware tools means applications can be easily deployed and managed. Pivotal tc Server is also integrated with Pivotal CF platform as a service.

FEATURES

Pivotal tc Server provides companies with a secure, supported, and extended Java application server based on and fully compatible with Apache Tomcat. Many companies are attracted by the simplicity and performance of Tomcat but must balance that simplicity with the responsibility of running large server farms hosting mission-critical applications. Pivotal tc Server strikes that balance for both development and operations teams by including optional extensions and packages that facilitate installation, maintenance, upgrade, and performance management, without breaking the essential qualities that make Tomcat so popular.

Pivotal tc Server contains all of vanilla Tomcat 7 and Tomcat 8, and has a few optional extensions designed to make it easier to deploy and maintain. 

Configuration Extensions

These changes do not involve any code alterations, they are strictly configuration options present in Tomcat that we implement.

Easy Upgrades

Multi-instance support using shared binaries makes upgrading and downgrading the Tomcat version trivially easy for one or many instances – so you can keep your servers up to date and secure.

Consistent Rollout

Variable substation in configuration files enables a single configuration to be rolled out to many instances in a farm and enhances consistency.

Asynchronous Logging

Prevent application slowdowns due to log file contention.

Code Extensions

Additional functionality provided by Pivotal to enhance Tomcat.

Back-ported Bug Fixes

Back-ported bug fixes in maintenance releases - e.g. tomcat-7.0.32.B.RELEASE.

Diagnostics Valve

Get detailed troubleshooting information in real time when apps become slow to respond.

Configuration Templates

Includes ability to create custom templates.

Oracle Database Connection Proxy

Multiple applications can share a connection while maintaining individual connection identities.

Additional Functionality

Advanced Session replication with Redis and GemFire. Change Tomcat log level via JMX without restarting.

Add-Ons

Additional functionality includes improved windows service wrapper, installers and startup scripts for Linux, chef recipes, puppet scripts, hosted Maven repository, password encryption for database connection identities and Spring Insight for developers and operations.

Caching

Out-of-the-box support for L2 and session caching.

L2 Caching

Highly scalable and reliable Hibernate L2 caching using a pre-built template for Pivotal GemFire running in Pivotal tc Server, for faster access to data while reducing load on traditional databases.

Session Caching

HTTP session replication via Pivotal GemFire to keep frequently-accessed session data close to application logic, reducing application response times.

Professional Support

Get drop-in compatibility with existing Apache Tomcat applications while appreciating 24x7 Enterprise-Class production and developer support. Certified software, updates and patches are included.

Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics

Detect, analyze and diagnose application performance issues during development. Gain real-time insights to Spring applications and access to built-in advanced management & reporting tools.

RESOURCES 

Pivotal tc Server provides companies with a secure, supported, and extended Java application server based on and fully compatible with Apache Tomcat. Many companies are attracted by the simplicity and performance of Tomcat but must balance that simplicity with the responsibility of running large server farms hosting mission-critical applications. Pivotal tc Server strikes that balance for both development and operations teams by including optional extensions and packages that facilitate installation, maintenance, upgrade, and performance management, without breaking the essential qualities that make Tomcat so popular.  

Learn more about Pivotal tc Server through the following resources. 

 

 

HOW TO BUY

Choosing Your Pivotal tc Server Edition

 

Pivotal tc Server Developer Edition

 

Pivotal tc Server Developer Edition is free to download and use, and is also bundled within SpringSource Tool Suite, available as a free download.

 

Pivotal tc Server Standard Edition


Designed to be a drop in replacement for Apache Tomcat, Pivotal tc Server Standard Edition provides enterprise users with the lightweight server they want paired with the operational management, advanced diagnostics, and mission-critical support capabilities businesses need.


Pivotal tc Server Spring Edition


Pivotal tc Server Spring Edition, with its native Spring Instrumentation, enables fine grain monitoring of deployed applications and unparalleled visibility into the execution of Spring-powered applications. With pre-built advanced application management and reporting for Spring applications, Pivotal tc Server Spring Edition provides the application operator with the top-down insight required to ensure Spring applications are performing as expected.

 

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Feature Drop-in replacement Apache Tomcat
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Feature Multi-server configuration
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Feature Secure remote server administration
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Feature Command line control and scripting
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Feature Comprehensive integrated monitoring
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Feature Spring Application control (start/stop/restart)
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Feature Native Spring Instrumentation
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Feature Detailed Spring App Performance Reporting
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Understanding Pivotal tc Server Pricing

Pivotal tc Server can be purchased in three ways:

 

  • Pivotal tc Server Spring Edition can be purchased as part of VMware vFabric Suite. Because vFabric Suite has a flexible licensing scheme, we recommend this option for customers who plan to run tc Server on VMware vSphere or multiple vFabric products in their environment. Learn more about pricing for the vFabric Suite.
  • Pivotal tc Server Standard Edition and Spring Edition can be purchased as a standalone Pivotal tc Server license perpetual license — a one-time license under which support and subscription (SnS) contracts can be renewed annually. This option is priced per physical CPU, and appropriate for customers who plan to run tc Server only on physical infrastructure, and not on vSphere. This pricing is outlined below.
  • Pivotal tc Server Standard Edition and Spring Edition can be purchased as an annual subscription—an annual contract with support and subscription built-in. This option is priced per physical CPU, and appropriate for customers who plan to run tc Server on physical infrastructure. This pricing is described below.

VMware offers a choice of support levels for Pivotal tc Server. Pricing is per physical CPU, up to 6 cores per CPU. Each additional six cores require an additional license.

 


Learn more about VMware support hours, response times, and severity definitions.


Suggested retail pricing for U.S. editions of Pivotal tc Server available are shown below. Please contact your local Reseller for specific pricing.


Note: Retail Pricing is for reference purposes only and is subject to change without notice. Pricing is suggested retail price in USD, for sales in the US. Regional prices may vary. For detailed pricing please contact a reseller or Pivotal tc Server expert.

 

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Additional Licensing

tc Server is available for US Federal Government entities (GSA pricing), qualifying academic institutions, and managed service providers enrolled in the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP). For details, please contact a reseller or vFabric expert.

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