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Pivotal tc Server v4.0

Overview of tc Server

Pivotal tc Server is a Web application server based on open-source Apache Tomcat. It preserves the best of Tomcat and adds many mission-critical operational capabilities that are unavailable in the open-source product. tc Server harnesses the power of traditional JEE architectures and eliminates their complexity and performance drawbacks, making it easier, faster, and more cost-effective to build and run cloud-ready applications. With its lean architecture and small memory footprint, tc Server requires significantly fewer resources than conventional servers, which allows for greater server density in virtual and cloud environments.

Usability Enhancements to Apache Tomcat

The tc Server runtime component, known as tc Runtime, offers usability advantages that make it easier, faster, and more flexible to configure and operate than Apache Tomcat.

tc Runtime includes the following usability enhancements:

  • Improved out-of-the-box configuration. In most cases, you can use tc Server immediately after you install it, with no additional configuration.
  • Easy creation of a tc Runtime instance with the tcserver command script. You can leverage additional (optional) configuration features by specifying prepackaged or custom templates when you create a tc Runtime instance, such as automatically configuring clustering or SSL.
  • Easy and intuitive startup of a tc Runtime instance on both UNIX and Windows platforms.

tc Server Editions

tc Server is available in two different editions. tc Server Developer is geared towards the enterprise application developer. tc Server Standard is geared for operators and administrators.

Table 1. Pivotal tc Server Editions

The following sections describe the tc Server editions:

Developer Edition

The Developer Edition of tc Server is geared towards the application developer. It contains the tc Runtime, utilities to create and start tc Runtime instances, and a set of templates for creating specific preconfigured tc Runtime instances, such as cluster-node ready and SSL-enabled.

tc Server Developer Edition includes Tomcat Web Application Manager, a web application you can use to deploy and manage tc Runtime applications.

The Developer Edition is distributed as either a ZIP or compressed TAR file with the following names:

  • pivotal-tc-server-developer-version.tar.gz
  • pivotal-tc-server-developer-version.zip

Standard Edition

The Standard Edition of tc Server is for administrators and operators. Similarly to the Developer Edition, the Standard Edition contains the tc Runtime, scripts to easily create and start tc Runtime instances, and templates to quickly create specific types of tc Runtime instances (such as cluster-node ready or SSL-enabled).

The Standard Edition is distributed as either a ZIP or compressed TAR file with the following names:

  • pivotal-tc-server-standard-version.RELEASE.tar.gz
  • pivotal-tc-server-standard-version.RELEASE.zip

Pivotal tc Server Standard Edition is also available as an RPM for customers installing on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).

Because tc Runtime is based on Apache Tomcat, much information about the tc Runtime itself is provided by Apache. See the following documentation:

The following links provide additional documentation for programmers developing Web applications using the Spring Framework and standard Java EE technologies such as servlets and JSPs: