Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced its vision and strategy for service-oriented architecture (SOA) and business process management (BPM) technologies acquired from FuseSource and Polymita. The strategy is designed to optimize future product line integration, community expansion and partner enablement to further empower organizations to become Intelligent, Integrated Enterprises.
SOA and BPM have matured and reached a high level of acceptance in critical, fast-moving industries such as financial services and healthcare, where evolving market dynamics and regulatory mandates require seamless integration capabilities to connect processes in hybrid cloud scenarios and rapid iteration of business rules.
"Integration remains a primary driver of middleware technology adoption, and its role and importance are changing. The industry is facing a perfect storm of forces, such as global mobile connectivity, cloud and hybrid infrastructures, and the explosion of business events and data, all of which are driving new requirements for integration technology and putting tremendous stress and pressure on existing systems," said Craig Muzilla, vice president and general manager, Middleware, Red Hat. "Red Hat's vision can help address these new needs and we're accelerating our ability to do so by leveraging strong technologies and communities through these acquisitions."
The opportunity for integration middleware software is evolving from traditional solutions that focus on foundational integration capabilities to higher-level integration capabilities that include business rules management and BPM. Red Hat already provided a foundational integration offering with its JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform, as well as a business rules management offering via JBoss Enterprise BRMS. Complementing these existing products with additional technologies and talent acquired from FuseSource and Polymita will help significantly enhance Red Hat's position in the enterprise middleware marketplace and raise the company's profile and ease of use among business users.
Product Line Integration
Red Hat plans to open source Polymita's technology and integrate BPM tooling and functionality with its JBoss Enterprise Middleware runtimes and engines. This additional functionality is designed to enable users to quickly and effectively define and modify automated business processes through modeling standards such as BPMN2, business activity monitoring, process modeling and a rich, coherent user interface. The open source solution will be offered as an additional JBoss Enterprise Middleware on-premises BPM platform.
Red Hat continues to sell FuseSource ESB Enterprise and MQ Enterprise products today. Over the coming months, Red Hat plans to roll these technologies into the JBoss Enterprise Middleware portfolio as Red Hat branded products. Simultaneously, key technologies including Camel and Active MQ are slated to be combined with JBoss community technologies, such as SwitchYard and Overlord, to bolster Red Hat's flagship SOA platform.
FuseSource has been a strong presence and driver in key Apache integration projects that boast a dynamic and active community of developers. Red Hat remains committed to investing and fostering innovation in this community. As technology from Polymita is transitioned to open source, Red Hat expects this technology will organically diffuse into existing community projects, as well as evolve into new independent projects.
The planned addition of new SOA and BPM technologies to Red Hat's JBoss Enterprise Middleware product portfolio will broaden the scope of opportunities for partners of all types and levels. The technologies extend the existing JBoss Enterprise Middleware products with powerful capabilities that together will enable Red Hat and its partners to deliver an agile and unified integration platform that is well-suited for embedded and cloud-based integration scenarios.
"From our perspective, Red Hat is taking proven technologies and merging them into already successful product lines," said Joe Dickman, senior vice president, Vizuri. "Our team has collaborated with Red Hat for many years through a number of high-profile SOA deployments. With the technologies acquired from FuseSource and Polymita, Red Hat has made serious moves this year to take its integration technologies to the next level."
For more information on Red Hat's integration technology strategy, join Red Hat executives for a virtual press conference webcast announcement at 11 a.m. ET on October 10. The webcast will also be available for replay. To register for the live broadcast or to access the replay, visit https://vts.inxpo.com/Launch/QReg.htm?ShowKey=11079.
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