JBoss Enterprise Insights, Issue 7, March 2010

Strategic information for the IT decision maker

Issue 7

March 2010

JBoss Application Platforms: A flexible architecture to fit every deployment
Craig Muzilla,
Vice President, Middleware Business Unit
Red Hat

In Red Hat's last earnings call, CEO Jim Whitehurst noted that, "Middleware continues to grow at a faster pace than the base business and the pipeline for the next quarter looks strong." Middleware is growing so rapidly because it is driving value and strategic direction in the heart of our customer's IT architecture. As enterprises evaluate JBoss� Enterprise Middleware for cost savings, they are realizing that in addition to improving their bottom line, the flexibility and choice we deliver helps them refocus resources and execute on more projects, resulting in a significant competitive advantage. The strength of Red Hat's middleware offerings help our customers deploy more types of workloads across more types of projects, faster and more efficiently than they've been able to in the past. The resulting value causes a ripple effect across the enterprise, leading to standardization on open source middleware.

Our value and strategic message has resonated with many customers, including Educational Testing Service (ETS), a global organization that develops, administers, and scores more than 50 million tests annually in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. Although ETS initially tested the open source waters using a project from the JBoss.org community, the company today mandates that all developers use JBoss Enterprise Middleware in order to have access to world-class technical support from Red Hat. In addition to improved technical support, ETS has realized greater up-front cost savings, a faster time-to-market for new products, and has achieved critical performance goals. Leveraging JBoss Enterprise Middleware for their IT infrastructure and mission-critical applications has positioned ETS to compete more aggressively in a rapidly changing marketplace.

This is the kind of strategic value that JBoss Enterprise Application Platform is driving for customers across the globe. In helping our customers drive their strategic goals, we've discovered that there is not a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to IT architecture. This is the concept behind the JBoss Open Choice strategy and the platforms that we've delivered as a part of that plan.

We launched JBoss Open Choice last year with the underlying idea that each business challenge is different and every IT solution requires a flexible feature set to match the current business demand, without sacrificing performance. Central to the JBoss Open Choice strategy is a flexible architecture that uniquely isolates core operational services from the variety of container and framework choices available today. Whether customers are deploying to traditional applications or cloud-based applications, this flexibility provides developers with the ability to choose the frameworks and APIs that best fit their applications. Now customers will have an opportunity to take advantage of popular programming models such as Spring, Seam, Struts, Google Web Toolkit, and Java Enterprise Edition across their products and still enjoy uniformity of management and enterprise-class reliability in the platform.

Under the JBoss Open Choice strategy, there are several improvements and additions to our application platform portfolio. Click the links below to learn more.

JBoss Enterprise Application Platform: The market-leading platform for scalable Java applications, combining innovation with enterprise-class stability.

JBoss Enterprise Web Platform: Based on the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, this new solution for mid-size workloads provides a lightweight version of the popular JBoss Application Server, as well as enterprise features for clustering, caching, and simple web services.

JBoss Enterprise Web Server: A single enterprise solution for both large-scale websites and lightweight Java web applications.

JBoss Hibernate: A leading object relational mapping and persistence framework and a driving force behind Java persistence and EJB standards. Hibernate frees siloed applications from a specific relational database while significantly reducing application development time.

JBoss Seam: A powerful application integration framework and the basis for the new Java Contexts and Dependency Injection standard (formerly Web Beans), one of the major features of Java EE 6. Seam removes the historic complexities associated with Java EE by facilitating integration of rich application technologies.

JBoss Web Framework Kit: JBoss Web Framework Kit includes popular open source frameworks used for web application development, providing a single enterprise solution for popular programming styles.

JBoss Developer Studio: An innovative Eclipse-based developer tool that provides a single integrated development environment for all JBoss platforms.

JBoss Operations Network: An integrated management platform that simplifies the development, testing, deployment, and monitoring of your JBoss Enterprise Middleware.

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

 

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