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This posting illustrates how to effectively automate shared infrastructure analysis to support both your back-end jobs and your applications. Last week Gerald, one of our Dynatrace AppMon super users, sent me a PurePath as part of my Share Your PurePath program. He wanted to get my opinion on high I/O time they sporadically see in some of their key transactions on their Adobe based documentation management system. The hotspot he tried to understand was easy to spot in the PurePath for one of the slow transactions: Creating a local file took very long! createFileExclusively takes up to 18s in one of their key document management system transactions In order to find out which file takes that long to create I asked Gerald to instrument File.createNewFile. This was now capturing the actual file name for all transactions. Turned out we are talking about files put into a ... (more)

JBoss Could Be "Sun's Best Defense Against .NET," Says Marc Fleury

(August 27, 2002) - It all began earlier this month when Scott McNealy implied in an interview that the Open Source model would hamstring Sun completely in its attempt to out-gun Microsoft in the enterprise-level computing arena by threatening the licensing revenue Sun and others need to finance J2EE's advertising and R&D. Now the founder of JBoss, one of the most widely spread OS implementations of all, a full-fledged application server already in its 3.0 version, has published an online rebuttal of McNealy's remarks. Writing on the main page of the JBoss site, www.jboss.org, Marc Fluery - who is also president of JBoss Group LLC - claims that OS in general "and JBoss in particular" are on the contrary "Sun's best defense against Microsoft .NET." Can OS Help Save the App Server Tier from .NET? "Only Open Source," Fleury argues, "has proven uniquely resilient to a ... (more)

JBoss Group Commits to J2EE 1.4 Certification for JBoss Open Source Java Application Server

JBoss Group LLC announced this week that it has reached an agreement with Sun Microsystems, Inc. to license the J2EE 1.4 technology compatibility kit to certify the industry's most popular open source, Java-based application server, JBoss. In an exclusive statement to JDJ, JBoss explains their take on certification: "JBoss Group's commitment to J2EE certification for the JBoss application server is part of our strategy of delivering Professional Open Source, this means making Open Source the "safe" choice for enterprise IT. As JBoss is increasingly used in development and production in large government and corporate IT environments, we recognize the importance of accommodating the level of people in the application server decision-making process, for whom J2EE certification is important. Another driving force in our push for certification has been our software and s... (more)

Flashback: Investing in 'Professional Open Source' - Exclusive 2004 Interview with David Skok, Matrix Partners

April: Exclusive Interview with Dale Fuller This past February David Skok's new VC firm - Matrix Partners - orchestrated, with Accel, a $10 million investment in JBoss, Inc. This first round of funding in an open source company was a bold play, but then David Skok, famous in the Java arena as the founder of SilverStream Software - acquired by Novell in 2002 - is no stranger to bold moves. The first question then, naturally enough, is to ask Skok whether this investment is somehow a contradiction, or whether there is indeed money to be made from open source? "We think that there's definitely money to be made," Skok says without hesitation. "Red Hat's a clear example," he adds. "They're now profitable on around a $100m annual revenue run-rate. And we're still in the early days of the open source movement."   Curious about the business model he sees underlying OSS, I ... (more)

Red Hat Spin-Off Simplifies Orchestration

A brand new Red Hat spin-off wants to support servers whether they're physical or virtual, on-premise or in the cloud. It's called AnsibleWorks and the open source automation software it's promoting is called Ansible. The Ansible open source project was run up last year by one of the company's founders to address limitations in Puppet Labs, a VMware investment, and Opsware, an Amazon buddy. Who knows, given some time, Red Hat may buy it. Unlike its rivals Ansible is supposed to make server management radically simpler, way easier to maintain and more secure, providing a multi-tier orchestration system that handles deployment, configuration and management altogether, relieving companies of writing complicated pain-in-the-neck scripts. Before coming out the other day, the start-up had already collected brand name customers on the forefront of Big Data, like Gawker Me... (more)

JBoss 4.0 First to Apply Aspect-Oriented Programming Framework to Java Application Server

(June 2, 2003) - The developer edition of JBoss 4.0 is available now, providing a range of services previously unavailable in any J2EE application server. The new services are enabled by the Java application server industry's first implementation of an aspect-oriented programming (AOP) framework. The framework allows developers to interact with the server in a very intuitive manner, making it easier to design, develop, deploy, and maintain enterprise Web applications. The most popular Java-based application server in use today, JBoss is expected to reach three million downloads in 2003. Employees of JBoss Group and developers from the open source community worked together to produce JBoss 4.0. It is designed for use by Java developers, systems administrators, and ISVs. A version intended to support enterprise applications in production will be available in the fourt... (more)

Java-Based, Open Source JBoss Server Featured in Mac OS X 'Panther' Server

(July 10, 2003) - JBoss Group LLC will be offering professional support services to customers using Mac OS X version 10.3 "Panther" Server, which features the open source JBoss application server. JBoss Group will offer a full range of enterprise-level services, including support, training, and consulting services. "Apple's decision to embed the JBoss server continues a trend in which many of the leading hardware, OS and software vendors are bundling our core technology," said Marc Fleury, president and founder of JBoss Group. "JBoss is becoming the default standard for building enterprise Web applications because of its robust features, rock-solid stability, high quality and the services available from JBoss Group, such as the ability to provide enterprise customers with 24 X 7 support." The new Panther Server incorporates the JBoss application server for running ... (more)

$10 Million "Infusion" for JBoss

After announcing just last week that Q4 of 2003 was "the most successful of the company’s history in terms of strategic initiatives, product expansion and customer and partner growth," JBoss inc. has now announced even bigger news: the securing of $10 million in VC financing. The $10 million is the result of what the company describes as "an oversubscribed first round of venture financing" led by Matrix Partners, with the participation of Accel Partners. The new funds, JBoss Inc says, will be used "to strengthen the company’s profitable balance sheet and support product development, infrastructure build-out, and marketing" - allowing JBoss to ramp up to meet growing enterprise demand for the JBoss application server and support services. In addition, one of Matrix's general partners, serial entrepreneur, David Skok - previously the founder and CEO of SilverStream Sof... (more)

"Middleware Is Still in its Infancy," Says JBoss's Fleury

JDJ Industry Perspective: The End of Middleware by Jonathan Schwartz, President & Chief Operating Officer, Sun Microsystems Investing in 'Professional Open Source' - Exclusive JDJ Interview with David Skok, Matrix Partners Creative Science Systems: Middleware for the Masses "Middleware Is Alive and Well, Thanks!" Says TMC's Deshpande It's the Aspects A new paradigm by JBoss's Bill Burke Is middleware becoming commoditized, as Sun's Jonathan Schwartz contends? Or is it a continuing growth area, as "professional open source" advocate Marc Fleury, CEO of JBoss Inc., maintains? Fleury is not the first to disagree with Schwartz. Salil Deshpande, CEO of The Middleware Company said, in response to his remarks about the "end" of middleware: "Saying that middleware is history is like saying our nation's highways, railways, and waterways are history. They are boring when workin... (more)

IBM To Push SUSE Linux Against JBoss

Novell is going to push and support the freebie version of IBM's WebSphere Application Server, derived from IBM's acquisition of GlueCode in 2005, as part of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server under a new deal between the pair. They're targeting JBoss users and will sell the widgetry together, pushing the SOA button. Meanwhile, the attackee, Red Hat's got Dell saying depreciating things about legacy applications and pushing JBoss on either Linux or Windows, but preferably as the Red Hat Application Stack, which include Red Hat Linux, JBoss and MySQL. And it seems that Dell, Red Hat and AMD are setting up a Java Solutions Center in Austin, Texas to develop and optimize open source Java technologies. Isn't this fun! In a statement, IBM and Novell said, "By entering into the agreement IBM gains access to Novell's SMB market leadership, providing new sales opportunities from ... (more)

Red Hat Announces Premier Cloud Provider Certification and Partner Program

Red Hat, Inc., has announced the Premier Cloud Provider Certification and Partner Program, designed to simplify and expand the adoption of cloud computing by enterprise customers. The program enables industry leaders in cloud computing to become certified to offer Red Hat technology solutions. Premier Cloud Provider Partners will collaborate with Red Hat on technical support, security updates, hardware certification, sales and marketing and business models. As part of the announcement, cloud computing pioneer Amazon Web Services will extend its technology relationship with Red Hat to become the first Red Hat Premier Cloud Provider Partner. The Red Hat Premier Cloud Provider Program has been established to address the increased interest in cloud computing from Red Hat customers, both in building virtualized internal infrastructure systems and extending their applica... (more)