Red Hat Reveals Plans for its Next Generation Java Application Server Project


April 22, 2013

WildFly Announced as Community Successor to the JBoss Application Server

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, has introduced WildFly as the successor to the JBoss Application Server project. WildFly represents both a brand refresh for the project and a renewal of its vision to drive the next generation of application server technologies. The name was chosen by members of the open source community on during a special election in late 2012.

The technology will continue to serve as the upstream project for Red Hat’s JBoss Enterprise Application Platform and addresses some of the key forces shaping middleware today, including the shift toward more flexible and modern approaches to application development, open hybrid cloud enablement, and Java Enterprise Edition 7 (Java EE 7).

“WildFly continues the decade-long tradition of Red Hat JBoss Middleware to push the boundaries of enterprise software development,” said Mark Little, Ph.D., vice president, Middleware engineering, Red Hat. “It also represents a significant opportunity for wider community adoption and involvement.”

The first iteration of the project, WildFly 8, is focused on earning rapid certification of the Java EE 7 specification, which brings simplicity, standardization and embeddability for both cloud and mobile development scenarios. Red Hat has already demonstrated a number of projects, including JBoss Application Server 7 and Infinispan, running on Raspberry Pi, plug computers and mobile phones.

The Java EE 7 specification includes WebSockets and improvements to Contexts and Dependency Injection (CDI). Over time, plans call for WildFly to incorporate and support the pillars of the technological vision of the JBoss Community: compelling functionality for polyglot programming, broad developer ecosystems and the ability to operate in hybrid cloud environments.

The first alpha build of WildFly is slated to be available in May 2013 as a free, community downloadable project.

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