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There are a number of articles out there about deploying applications to JBoss and about how to monitor JBoss, and in them the web application is usually accessed by pointing a browser to the web container running on port 8080. In enterprise production environments however, the application server does not exist in a vacuum – JBoss is usually fronted with the web server (most often Apache). This kind of setup brings about several benefits: Improved security by limiting access to the app server. In an Internet application the web server is accessed directly by the clients. Separating the web server from the app server allows us to place the former in a Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), while the app server can live on a more protected corporate network. If the web server is compromised, there is an additional barrier for the hackers to overcome before they can get access to yo... (more)

Big Data – Storage Mediums and Data Structures

My working title was Big Data, Storage Dilemma. They say dilemma. I say dilemna. I'm serious. I spell it dilemna. Big Data presents something of a storage dilemma. There is no one data store to rule them all. Should different data structures be persisted to different storage mediums? Storage Medium Identifying the appropriate medium is a function of performance, cost, and capacity. Random Access Memory It's fast. Very. It's expense. Very. If we are configuring an HP DL980 G7 server, it will cost $3,672 for 128GB of memory with 8x 16GB modules or $9,996 for 128GB of memory with 4x 32GB modules. That is $28-78 / GB. We can configure an HP DL980 G7 server with up to 4TB of memory. Solid State Drive It's not as fast or as expensive as random access memory. It's faster than a hard disk drive. A lot faster. It's more expensive than a hard disk drive. A lot more expensive. ... (more)

Open Source Middleware: "Professional Open Source" Continues To Grow

Investing in 'Professional Open Source' - Exclusive JDJ Interview with David Skok, Matrix Partners "Middleware Is Still in its Infancy," Says JBoss's Fleury "Through the Professional Open Source methodology, JBoss continues to execute on its roadmap to grow JBoss open source middleware into a comprehensive software infrastructure suite," said Shaun Connolly, JBoss's vice president of product management, as the Atlanta, GA-based company this week announced an update of recent releases of its open source projects. "JBoss is fully committed to bringing the power of J2EE to all programmers. By dramatically simplifying J2EE development, many more developers can quickly and easily take advantage of the increasing range of services within the JBoss Enterprise Middleware System," Connolly continued. Recent releases and updates for JBoss projects include: Hibernate 3.0 - This ... (more)

New $23.5 Million Funding for @CloudBees | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

CloudBees, Inc., has announced a $23.5 million financing round, led by longtime CloudBees investor Lightspeed Venture Partners. Existing investors Matrix Partners, Verizon Ventures and Blue Cloud Ventures also participated in the round. The latest funding announcement follows earlier rounds of $4 million, $10.5 million and $10.8 million, bringing the total investment in CloudBees to just under $50 million since the company’s inception in 2010. Previous venture investment rounds were led by Matrix Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Verizon Ventures with participation from Blue Cloud Ventures, JBoss alumni Bob Bickel and Marc Fleury, and Ed Bugnion, co-founder of VMware. CloudBees plans to use the funding to facilitate the ongoing and significant growth the company is experiencing from demand for its continuous delivery (CD) solutions based on Jenkins CI, the lead... (more)

Eclipse Special: Remote Debugging Tomcat & JBoss Apps with Eclipse

To view our full selection of recent Eclipse stories click here Over the last several weeks I've received a few questions about remote debugging with Eclipse. I posted about this on my other blog back in February here but with not enough info for others to follow. If you go look at that blog entry you will see that I looked into 'in eclipse' debugging but did not find it satisfactory. So without further ado here is how I use Tomcat, JBoss, and Eclipse to build and debug applications. Whichever platform you are using (Tomcat or JBoss) you need to start them with the JPDA debugging enabled. For Tomcat this is very easy. In the $CATALINA_HOME/bin directory there is a script catalina.sh. If you provide the arguments 'jpda start' tomcat will startup and listen on port 8000 for a debugger connection. With JBoss its only slightly more complicated. Basically you need to speci... (more)

JBoss and Microsoft Identify Mutual Customers, Interests

JBoss and Microsoft announced on September 27, 2005 that the two companies would work together to enhance interoperability between JEMS and Microsoft Windows Server products. While the announcement was just one among the many corporate tie-up news stories that have hit us of late, the dynamics relating to this one seem more complicated. Here’s the lowdown on the partnership. In order to address the needs of their joint customers, JBoss and Microsoft have identified four key technology areas that they can focus on over the coming twelve months. These areas include: Security Interoperability, Web Services Interoperability, Manageability of JEMS environments using Microsoft Operations Manager, Optimized use of SQL Server for users of Hibernate and EJB 3.0 First of all, does the announcement mean that JBoss is no longer trying to compete with Microsoft (in addition ... (more)

Red Hat Introduces JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform 5.1

Red Hat has announced the availability of JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform 5.1, which includes new extensions for data services integration. JBoss Enterprise Data Services Platform 5.1, a superset of JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform 5.1, is an open source data virtualization and integration platform that includes tools to create data services out of multiple data stores with different formats, presenting information to applications and business processes in an easy-to-use service. 
These data services become reusable assets across the enterprise. We're beginning to see a real marketplace for open source-based integration and middleware, and in many ways the open source versions are advancing the value and variety of these services beyond where the commercial products can quickly tread. The advantages of community development and open source sharing really shine when multipl... (more)

Appeon Version 6.5.1 Released!

**Hot News** What's new in Appeon 6.5.1 New Supported PowerBuilder Features Support the encoding argument for DataWindow SaveAs function and File functions. Support CSV file type for ImportFile function. Support more Section 508 properties: AccessibleName, AccessibleDescription, & AccessibleRole properties of PB controls Inet object supports https address (this feature is available in Appeon only, not in PB) New Features in Appeon Developer Support deploying to J2EE and .NET servers at one time Appeon Deployment Wizard and Appeon Web Application Package Wizard can now deploy an application to Appeon Servers of different type (J2EE and .NET) at the same time. Support replacing files in application package.  Appeon Web Application Package Wizard allows you to replace files in the package with files from external source. Support whether to start a transaction for a store... (more)

Red Hat Unveils Big Data and Open Hybrid Cloud Direction

Red Hat on Wednesday announced its Big Data direction and solutions to satisfy enterprise requirements for highly reliable, scalable, and manageable solutions to effectively run their Big Data analytics workloads. In addition, Red Hat announced that the company will contribute its Red Hat Storage Hadoop plug-in to the Apache Hadoop open community to transform Red Hat Storage into a fully supported, Hadoop-compatible file system for Big Data environments, and that Red Hat is building a robust network of ecosystem and enterprise integration partners to deliver comprehensive Big Data solutions to enterprise customers. Red Hat Big Data infrastructure and application platforms are suited for enterprises leveraging the open hybrid cloud environment. Red Hat is working with the open cloud community to support Big Data customers. Many enterprises worldwide use public cloud... (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)

Open Source Middleware: JBoss Aiming High With New Technical Advances

JBoss, in an ever-increasing effort to position itself as the preeminent open source architecture solution, introduced several important technical advances, among its federated open source projects. The advances are designed to develop its open source middleware stack. The company will be showcasing all these various advances at its upcoming JBoss World 2005 user conference. It's scheduled to take place at the Omni/CNN Center in Atlanta, Ga., March 1-2, 2005. JBoss architects and developers will provide insight not only into this current crop of products, but will offer insight into upcoming innovations. Releases and updates from the past couple months include, EJB 3.0 Preview 2, which concentrates on API simplifications defined by earlier versions of the EJB spec.; JBoss AOP, another device to simplify development, that uses an aspect-oriented framework in concert w... (more)