Red Hat Affirms Commitment to AMQP as Company#39;s Strategic Open Messaging Protocol

Raleigh

NC, Global, October 12, 2011

-- Red Hat is a leading contributor to the AMQP Protocol -- Red Hat to use standard as a key component for cloud infrastructure and extended enterprise solutions

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced its endorsement and support for the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP), an open, unencumbered integration protocol for business messaging.  

As a founding member of the AMQP working group, Red Hat has been a leader in the establishment of AMQP as a premier open messaging protocol standard.  The company has made key contributions to the protocol since its inception, including playing an active role in the development and editing of the AMQP specification.  

Those contributions stem from Red Hat's belief that the AMQP standard extends interoperability within and beyond the enterprise.  Red Hat has been a significant investor in AMQP since the protocol was initially proposed.  The company believes AMQP is a critical infrastructure component for next generation solutions that require integration to extend beyond the traditional enterprise boundaries that were once the focus of legacy providers.  Red Hat also feels the recent ratification of AMQP 1.0, along with the incorporation of the AMQP Working Group within the newly constituted OASIS AMQP Member Section, are key milestones in the evolution of this Internet protocol for business messaging, showing its relevancy to the future enterprise.  

The AMQP working group held a launch event today in New York featuring a presentation from Red Hat customer Deutsche Börse Group. Eurex Clearing, Deutsche Börse's clearing house, has deployed Red Hat Enterprise MRG Messaging as the integration fabric for its AMQP-based risk system.

“Deutsche Börse’s use of AMQP is a great illustration of the power of the protocol,” notes Carl Trieloff, technical director at Red Hat and longtime AMQP working group contributor. “It highlights the benefits of an open messaging protocol and the business benefits that are derived from fostering interconnectivity, seamlessly connecting Deutsche Börse with more than 100 different clearing members in what has proven to be an award-winning solution. Now, as a part of the OASIS standards initiative, we expect the appeal of AMQP-based messaging solutions to truly grow.”

As the popularity of open messaging continues to expand, so does Red Hat's support of the AMQP standard, exemplified by significant new enhancements that have been made to the company's JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform and JEE Application Server.  These products now support Red Hat's Enterprise MRG Messaging – built on AMQP – thereby enhancing ESB and data services interoperability with non-Java platforms, such as applications written in languages like .NET or C++.  The company's commitment to AMQP was also displayed last year when Red Hat released client APIs that abstract away from the underlying version of the AMQP protocol.  This is designed to facilitate customers’ transition to AMQP 1.0 and offer the ability to do a staged rollover of existing deployments when AMQP 1.0 becomes available in the product.

“The ratification of AMQP as a standard, open protocol for message-based communication is a major milestone for customers and information technology as a whole,” said Craig Muzilla, vice president and general manager, Middleware Business at Red Hat.  “We believe the adoption of message-based systems will gain momentum now that customers will achieve faster innovation and not feel locked in.  Red Hat is committed to AMQP as a game-changer, and we have incorporated its use into our messaging and other JBoss middleware solutions.”

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About Red Hat Enterprise MRG Messaging
Red Hat Enterprise MRG Messaging (MRG-M) is an open, flexible, and powerful platform that leverages the industry- standard Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP) to deliver unprecedented interoperability, at a fraction of the cost of traditional enterprise messaging offerings. MRG-M also takes advantage of the latest advances in hardware technologies to provide outstanding performance without sacrificing reliability, scalability, federation or security. MRG-M is cross-language, cross-platform, multi-vendor, spans hardware and software, and extends down to the wire level. It also supports advanced functionality including content-based routing, last value queue and global sequencing. For more information, please visit http://www.redhat.com/mrg/messaging.

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