JBoss Enterprise Insights, Issue 9, August 2010

Strategic information for the IT decision maker

Issue 9
August 2010

Craig Muzilla,
Vice President, Middleware Business Unit
Red Hat

The enterprise middleware portfolio was featured prominently at last month's Red Hat Summit and JBoss World, our annual user conference attended by more than two thousand customers, partners, and members of the press. I'd like to take this opportunity to share some event highlights with you, and encourage you to view the presentations and summaries that are now available online.

Red Hat Cloud Foundations: Edition One

The first major announcement made at this year's user conference was the introduction of Red Hat Cloud Foundations, a new family of offerings that delivers comprehensive solutions for planning, building and managing infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service (PaaS). Red Hat Cloud Foundations is based on JBoss Enterprise Middleware, and can be deployed in both private and public clouds. With Cloud Foundations, customers can achieve the benefits of the cloud today, with lower risk and easy implementation. These offerings significantly expand the reach and appeal of the cloud, offer the richest set of development and deployment environments in the industry, and deliver consistency between the datacenter and public clouds.

Cloud Foundations: Edition One includes:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Network Satellite, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, JBoss Enterprise Middleware and Red Hat Enterprise MRG Grid
  • A cookbook implementation guide that makes cloud setup quick and simple
  • A detailed reference architecture providing step-by-step instructions, scripts, and settings for creating and configuring the private cloud
  • Consulting services to enable turnkey assessment, implementation, and operational management of a private cloud
  • Training classes that transfer knowledge and best practices to customers, and create a strong base of skills among their staff

At the Summit and JBoss World, we also announced our strategy to enable enterprises and Certified Cloud Providers to deliver industry-leading PaaS capabilities, opening the cloud to a new range of developers from large enterprises and ISVs. Our PaaS roadmap describes a comprehensive solution that helps users to build, deploy, and manage applications within cloud environments while bridging their on-premise application environments. This solution is based upon the JBoss Enterprise Middleware product line and is part of the Red Hat Cloud Foundations family of solutions.

For more information on Cloud Foundations: Edition One please read our press release or watch the press webcast.


Accenture served as the conference's Visionary Sponsor and delivered a keynote highlighting their focus on open source solutions, their growing partnership with Red Hat, and customers' growing interest in open source middleware. Market research projections calculate the systems integration services opportunities around open source as a $6.5 billion dollar market, and, at that figure, its growth will outpace that of proprietary service businesses. A recent survey of Accenture clients revealed that 78% of enterprises have already deployed open source solutions and are planning on increasing their commitment.

Red Hat and Accenture nurture this adoption trend in a number of ways:

  • Accenture has established an Innovation Center for Open Source, which leverages Red Hat solutions, including JBoss Enterprise Middleware.
  • Red Hat has worked with Accenture to create the Accenture SOA Reference Architecture, Accenture Foundation Platform for Java-JBoss, Accenture Mobility Operated Services, and the Accenture Public Service Platform. All of these platforms, processes, and methods help enterprises embark on IT projects that use open source software to meet the changing demands of business while decreasing maintenance cost and increasing performance and flexibility.

To see Accenture's Paul Daugherty, Managing Director of Advanced Systems and Technology, give his keynote address, please click here.

JBoss Enterprise Portal Platform 5.0

At JBoss World, we also announced the general availability of our next-generation portal solution, JBoss Enterprise Portal Platform 5.0. JBoss Enterprise Portal Platform 5.0 is the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of middleware products, designed to reduce the time and cost associated with creating, deploying, and managing the on-premise and cloud-based applications that make up dynamic web presences. It is modeled on the JBoss Open Choice strategy, a flexible architecture that provides application developers with the ability to choose the frameworks and APIs that best fit their applications, without sacrificing operational performance. By injecting features related to the JBoss Open Choice philosophy, like the JBoss Portlet Bridge, applications and developer-created solutions can more easily be leveraged into portal infrastructure without re-engineering.

To learn more about JBoss Enterprise Portal Platform:

Innovation Awards

The Red Hat and JBoss Innovation Awards were created to recognize outstanding achievement and innovation using of Red Hat and JBoss solutions. This year's fourth annual Innovation Awards event was truly a global affair, with winners from India, New Zealand, Argentina, and the United States in attendance to accept their awards.

The five categories and finalists for 2010 were:

Superior alternatives:The most successful migration from proprietary solutions to open source alternatives.
JBoss: State of Tennessee

Carved-out costs: This customer leverages open source solutions to significantly cut costs and extract added value from existing systems.
JBoss: Nationwide Mutual Insurance

Extensive ecosystem: This customer uses Red Hat or JBoss' expanding partner ecosystem to create innovative architectures based on open source solutions.

Outstanding open source architecture: This customer uses both Red Hat and JBoss (with related partner offerings) to create innovative architectures based on open source solutions.
Red Hat and JBoss: Union Pacific Corporation

Optimized systems: This customer achieves striking performance, scalability, and/or usability enhancements delivered with open source solutions.
JBoss: Travel Channel

The JBoss Innovator of the Year award went to Travel Channel. Travel Channel implemented JBoss Enterprise Application Platform and JBoss Operations Network to manage and monitor its website in an effort to ensure visitors have positive experiences with no downtime or viewing difficulties. Travel Channel used open source solutions to enhance risk management and capacity planning, increase throughput 20-fold, and to increase application availability.

Customer win: NYSE Euronext standardizes on JBoss Enterprise Middleware

Red Hat announced that NYSE Euronext (NYX), the leading and most liquid equities exchange group in the world, has standardized on JBoss Enterprise Middleware from Red Hat. NYSE Euronext is an experienced open source advocate, and leveraged the open source development model even before deploying JBoss Enterprise Middleware. Moving from proprietary application servers to an open source reference architecture has fueled cost savings, simplicity, integration, and performance gains across NYSE Euronext's infrastructure.

Hear the details of this migration project in the customer's own words. Watch a video and read the full case study on our website.

JBoss World 2011 will be held May 3�6 in Boston, MA, USA. Now is not too early to think about joining us! Stay informed about this event with email notifications including our call for papers, registration information, and conference agenda (when it becomes available). I look forward to meeting you there.

Best regards,
Craig Muzilla
Vice President
JBoss Middleware Business Unit
Red Hat


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