Red Hat recently announced the general availability of Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP) 7.3, which introduces Jakarta Enterprise Edition (EE) 8 support, enhancements to operations on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and several new security features. Along with these exciting changes JBoss EAP adds support for SQL Server 2017 on Windows and, for the first time, on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).

JBoss EAP is an open source, Jakarta EE 8-compliant application server that enables organizations to deploy and manage business-critical enterprise Java applications in a variety of environments, including bare metal, virtualized, containerized, on-premise or in public, private or hybrid cloud environments. 

JBoss EAP 7.3 offers complete Jarkarta EE 8 support, including backwards-compatibility with the JBoss EAP 7 family of releases and the applications written for those earlier releases. 

This version also introduces new capabilities and enhancements that are designed to improve security, server management, observability and enhancements for JBoss EAP on Red Hat OpenShift, and support for SQL Server 2017. 

In addition, this release of JBoss EAP includes a set of tech preview features implementing several Eclipse MicroProfile specifications for building cloud-native MicroProfile applications. Whether you are developing monoliths or microservices, JBoss EAP provides developers the tools to write enterprise-grade business solutions that require the saving of data at rest on SQL Server 2017, and all within the same operating system.

Why SQL Server

Key reasons why JBoss EAP developers choose SQL Server include the popularity of the Transact SQL (T-SQL) language with more than 300,000 database administrators, and the availability of In-Memory online OLTP, a technology, which Microsoft reports can significantly improve the performance of transaction processing, data ingestion and data load, and transient data scenarios. 

Enterprise features like SQL Server's Transparent Data Encryption and Microsoft’s AlwaysOn availability groups are compatible between the SQL Server for Windows Server and SQL Server on RHEL, because of the way SQL Server is implemented, utilizing a unique Platform Abstraction Layer (SQLPAL) based on technology from the Microsoft Research Project Drawbridge.

Bringing SQL Server, JBoss EAP and RHEL together

Prior releases of JBoss EAP supported versions of SQL Server that ran on Microsoft Windows Server only. This meant that developers who wanted to build applications with JBoss EAP and SQL Server, either had to use JBoss EAP on Windows, or work across two separate operating systems.  

Now the complete solution can be run in a modern Red Hat Enterprise Linux environment regardless of whether you chose to run on bare metal or in virtual machines, in the private or public cloud. With SQL Server on Red Hat Enterprise Linux you get more than just a consistent Linux experience across the environment.  

You also have the option to deploy the full solution in Red Hat OpenShift using containers and operators available via the Red Hat Container catalog.

The latest releases of Red Hat Enterprise Linux provide performance, management, and security capabilities that are used by SQL Server. Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions include access to Red Hat Insights, an online service which can proactively monitor Red Hat Enterprise Linux SQL Server deployments and identify, and help you to fix, performance bottlenecks as well as help increase reliability and improve security. For more information on SQL Server on Red Hat Enterprise Linux visit our resource center.

Red Hat JBoss EAP and Red Hat Enterprise Linux are available for download by members of the Red Hat Developers community. Customers can get the latest updates through the Red Hat Customer Portal.

For full details on the new release of JBoss EAP, refer to the JBoss EAP 7.3 documentation.

About the author

Louis Imershein is a Product Manager at Red Hat focussed on Microsoft SQL Server and database workloads. He is responsible for working with Microsoft and Red Hat engineering to ensure that SQL Server performance, management, and security is optimized for Red Hat platforms. For more than 30 years, Louis has worked in technical support, engineering, software architecture, and product management on a wide range of OS, management, security, and storage software projects. Louis joined Red Hat as part of the acquisition of Permabit Technology Corporation, where he was VP of Product.

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