Red Hat Builds on JBoss Open Choice Strategy With New Lightweight Platform

Santa Clara

United States, March 23, 2010

JBoss Enterprise Web Platform 5.0 now available, provides lightweight Java platform to support variety of popular programming models including EE, Spring, Struts, Seam

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of JBoss Enterprise Web Platform 5.0, which is designed specifically to support the next generation of lightweight Java applications. JBoss Enterprise Web Platform 5.0 is the third and final component of JBoss Open Choice, Red Hat's middleware strategy to deliver a choice of Java application server solutions that address the variety of programming styles used in today's business applications.

Together, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, JBoss Enterprise Web Server and now JBoss Enterprise Web Platform build on the JBoss Open Choice vision and form the cornerstone of Red Hat's open source middleware portfolio. Each of these Java application server products also features enterprise support for many of today's popular open source frameworks, including: Hibernate, Seam, Google Web Toolkit, RichFaces, the Spring Framework and Apache Struts.

Launched in June 2009, the JBoss Open Choice strategy aims to provide Java application developers with the ability to choose the frameworks, API's, and runtimes that best fit their application's needs, without sacrificing IT operational requirements for stability, reliability, and management. The flexible, service-based architecture behind JBoss Open Choice provides a consistent and modular series of enterprise deployment features for clustering, caching, transactions, web services, security and more, regardless of the selected programming model or deployment style used.

"IT enterprises no longer use a single Java programming model. To keep pace with the current market, modern enterprise application architectures require multiple frameworks and Java runtimes that can support the variety of programming styles used to meet today's business application demands", said Craig Muzilla, vice president, middleware, Red Hat. "By delivering the final milestone of Red Hat's JBoss Open Choice vision, we're enabling customers to select the enterprise Java technologies that suit their specific needs today, while at the same time, offering them tools to help address changes brought on by any new, changing development and deployment paradigms."

Through JBoss Open Choice, Red Hat customers can select application platforms that are appropriate specifically for their enterprise applications:

  • JBoss Enterprise Application Platform for highly transactional Java EE applications;
  • JBoss Enterprise Web Platform for mid-sized, light and rich Java applications; and
  • JBoss Enterprise Web Server for simple Java workloads that only require enterprise Apache Tomcat.

This approach to the application server market enables Red Hat customers to leverage enterprise middleware solutions for a variety of Java applications, from simple web applications to robust transactional deployments.

With the availability of JBoss Enterprise Web Platform 5.0, customers have the opportunity to take advantage of a lighter and slimmer enterprise application server. JBoss Enterprise Web Platform leverages the concepts of the new Java EE Web Profile to deliver a lightweight, enterprise version of the popular JBoss Application Server and extends it with mission critical capabilities for caching, clustering, high availability, security and basic web services.

Red Hat's strategy is consistent with trends identified by leading industry analysts. Forrester Research analysts Mike Gualtieri, John R. Rymer and Jeffrey S. Hammond advised: "Define a set of fit-to-purpose application platforms that includes a low-cost, high-quality option for departmental apps…as well as a full-featured, spare-no-expense option for projects that demonstrate that they need the absolute state of the art in application platform technology to be successful..." (The Top Five Changes For Application Development In 2010, Forrester Research, Inc., Jan. 4, 2010)

Red Hat will feature the JBoss Enterprise Middleware portfolio at Eclipsecon 2010 this week in Santa Clara, CA. Please visit us at Booth #30. Subscriptions and free evaluations are available today. To learn more about JBoss Open Choice and JBoss Enterprise Web Platform, visit the Red Hat booth at Eclipsecon or view the on-demand webinar at For more information about JBoss Enterprise Middleware, visit

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