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Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today expanded its application server offerings to include workload specific solutions designed to provide increased flexibility and choice for enterprise customers. Executing on its JBoss Open Choice strategy, the JBoss Enterprise Middleware portfolio now includes solutions for all of the common Java application workloads; from simple web applications, to light and rich Java applications, to Java Enterprise Edition (EE) based applications. Moreover, JBoss platforms support a variety of popular programming models including Spring Framework, Seam and Google Web Toolkit. With this expansion, Red Hat now has one of the most comprehensive Java application server portfolios in the industry.
"In this challenging economic environment, customers are looking for high value alternatives to costly, bloated and complex software. Our enterprise customers are demanding flexible, standards-based solutions that match more closely with the way they're starting to build and deploy Java applications," said Craig Muzilla, vice president, middleware, Red Hat. "The solution set that we are delivering today, as the first in a series of expansions planned under our JBoss Open Choice strategy, addresses this market shift."
Red Hat has taken a leadership role in redefining the enterprise Java market, with the goal of being the first company with a comprehensive open source middleware portfolio. Now more than ever, companies are moving away from a "one size fits all" approach in favor of more flexible, workload specific application servers that support a variety of programming models and APIs.
With these expanded offerings, Red Hat now offers a full suite of Java application solutions that provide a simple, standard and flexible alternative to more complex and costly proprietary middleware that are often restricted to single APIs and programming models. Red Hat's next generation Java platforms are designed to meet market demands; as IT budgets shrink and customers are looking to innovate to maintain their competitive advantage, they are relying on lighter weight application architectures and a variety of new and innovative programming models and approaches.
"We've experienced the benefits of JBoss Enterprise Middleware first hand through reduced costs and higher staff productivity. As we look at our expanded use of open source, Red Hat's strategy is a perfect fit for the application workloads we require," said Ravi Simhambhatla, director of architecture, Virgin America.
Red Hat's expanded Java application server portfolio now includes:
- Application Server Platforms: Red Hat plans to provide three workload-based application server runtime solutions that specifically target the most common workloads required by today's dynamic enterprise Java applications:
- JBoss Enterprise Application Platform: Red Hat's current solution for highly transactional applications, utilizing the Java Enterprise Edition (EE) programming approach. It leverages the popular JBoss Application Server with enterprise features for clustering, caching, messaging, transactions and a full web services stack. Over the last year, Red Hat customers have been standardizing on the current Application Platform 4.3 release. Early access programs are underway for the next major release, Application Platform 5.0.
- JBoss Enterprise Web Platform: A new solution for mid-size workloads, focusing on light and rich Java applications. Web Platform is a slimmed down version of the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform. Web Platform builds upon the new Java EE Web Profile to provide a lightweight version of the popular JBoss Application Server, while still providing enterprise features for clustering, caching and simple web services.
- JBoss Enterprise Web Server: Now available, a solution for the lightest Java workloads. Targeted at simple web applications, JBoss Enterprise Web Server provides enterprises with a stable, long-term enterprise product support lifecycle for Apache Web Server, Apache Tomcat and all of the common connectors used in between.
- Java Application Frameworks: Application frameworks provide a simple way to address common Java programming tasks. There are a variety of programming models, APIs and language types used by Java-oriented programmers today. To keep pace with the more dynamic movement of popular open source frameworks and in response to customer demand to provide more complete coverage across the entire Java application stack, Red Hat will now offer enterprise product support for popular application frameworks such as Spring Framework and JBoss Seam. Each framework is expected to be pre-integrated into both JBoss Enterprise Application & Web Platforms and can also be added to JBoss Enterprise Web Server.
- 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: Available today, JBoss Web Framework Kit includes popular open source frameworks used for web application development. This first release of Web Framework Kit includes enterprise-class versions of Google Web Toolkit, RichFaces, Spring Framework and Struts. Future versions are expected to include additional rich application frameworks.
- Productivity Tools: All of these JBoss solutions are intended to leverage the same productivity toolsets, included with each large-scale JBoss Enterprise Middleware subscription:
- JBoss Developer Studio: Red Hat's innovative Eclipse-based developer tool that provides a single integrated development environment for all JBoss platforms.
- JBoss Operations Network: Red Hat's comprehensive middleware management solution that provides IT Operations with a single, easy to use tool to manage all types of Java application workloads.
With this expanded JBoss Application Platform product portfolio, Red Hat continues to deliver on its strategy to provide a comprehensive portfolio of middleware products that solve any application development, deployment and integration challenges. These new solutions continue to help Red Hat customers leverage enterprise open source solutions to carve out costs, while still maintaining maximum architecture flexibility.
To learn more about this announcement, join Red Hat's JBoss Open Choice strategy press conference live via webcast on June 1, 2009 at 9am PT. To join live or for a replay please visit: http://www.thomson-webcast.net.
Please visit Red Hat's JBoss booth #510 at JavaOne and on the web at http://jboss.org/events/javaone.html.
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