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View "SOA World Conference & Expo" Power Panel Executives from IBM, BEA, JBoss, Microsoft, Oracle, and Sun debated diverse aspects of their application server offerings. A discussion of price points, from the JBoss open-source model which emphasizes service revenues, to the more traditional business models from most of the other vendors was followed by a discussion of the technical merits of each platform and how each company is uniquely striving to serve what it perceives as its customers' needs. The six industry experts involved in the Shoot-Out this year were Mark Heid (IBM), Gary McBride (BEA),  Shaun Connolly (JBoss), Dino Chiesa (Microsoft), Mike Lehmann (Oracle), and Rich Sharples (Sun). The panel predictably discussed open source, but in ways that might have been unexpected.  One of the more interesting discussion points, posed by Yakov Fain, for example, invol... (more)

EnterpriseDB Advanced Server Certified on JBoss

EnterpriseDB announced that EnterpriseDB Advanced Server is now certified for both the JBoss Application Server and the Hibernate object/relational persistence engine. As a result, EnterpriseDB Advanced Server has been designated a “JBoss Certified Solution”. This certification, which ensures seamless deployment and simplifies customers’ implementations to drive down costs, builds on the companies’ strategic partnership, which was announced in April, 2006. “EnterpriseDB’s JBoss partnership and certification assures us that mission-critical elements of our IT infrastructure – our database and middleware – will reliably interoperate,” said Terry Sick, vice president of product development and engineering, EnerNOC. “In addition, EnterpriseDB’s mature support for advanced enterprise database features like... (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)

SYS-CON.TV Exclusive with JBoss Founder & CEO Marc Fleury

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Sun Announces JBoss as Newest Member to NetBeans Partner Program

Sun Microsystems has announced JBoss has endorsed the NetBeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and has joined the NetBeans Partner program. "We are endorsing the NetBeans IDE because of JBoss and Sun's mutual dedication to simplifying development of standards-based Java EE applications. We will work closely with the NetBeans team to develop a plug-in for the NetBeans IDE that provides developers with the tools for doing development with JBoss Application Server. NetBeans has great momentum in the market because it consistently delivers innovative solutions to enhance developer productivity," said Marc Fleury, founder and President of JBoss, Inc. As the primary sponsor of the NetBeans open source project, Sun will work with JBoss to create an installer that includes the award-winning NetBeans IDE and the JBoss Application Server in one bundle. This will allow ... (more)

ICEsoft's Web 2.0 Solution Integrates with JBoss Seam

ICEsoft Technologies, a leading provider of enterprise AJAX solutions, announced the availability of ICEfaces 1.6.0, the newest release of ICEsoft’s flagship AJAX development environment. Among its other improvements, ICEfaces 1.6.0 offers complete integration with JBoss Seam 1.2.1 GA, ensuring fast, efficient creation of Web 2.0 applications featuring the benefits of AJAX and other next-generation Web technologies. JBoss Seam is a powerful application framework for building Web 2.0 applications. The framework unifies and integrates technologies such as Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX), JavaServer Faces (JSF), Enterprise Java Beans (EJB3), Java Portlets and Business Process Management (BPM). Seam has been designed from the ground up to eliminate complexity at the architecture and the API levels. It enables developers to assemble complex Web a... (more)

Behr Migrates Corporate Website to JBoss

Red Hat announced that Behr has migrated its Website from IBM WebSphere to JBoss Enterprise Application Platform in an effort to reduce total cost of ownership, increase reliability, eliminate vendor lock-in and accelerate its development lifecycle. The Website is an important marketing tool for the company and was the centerpiece of a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign in 2007. With approximately 450,000 visitors per month and projected continuing growth, the Behr IT developers began to consider alternative technologies to meet the site's complex demands. JBoss Enterprise Application Platform offered Behr a trusted, standards-compliant solution that provided freedom from vendor lock-in and additional benefits not available through WebSphere. "Basically, our developers wanted to move away from WebSphere, so they specifically asked us if we could get ... (more)

Red Hat Drives Future Use of Java for the Enterprise

Red Hat has announced the JBoss Open Choice application platform strategy which aims to provide a single environment for deploying a variety of programming models with a common platform, making it easier to develop and deploy applications. The JBoss Open Choice strategy represents Red Hat's response to the expanding and rapidly changing landscape of Java for the enterprise, which is marked by more variety and more choice of programming and deployment models than ever before. At the heart of the JBoss Open Choice strategy is the JBoss Microcontainer, a new application platform architecture that uniquely isolates core enterprise class platform services from the variety of container and framework choices available today. The JBoss Open Choice strategy is intended to enable customers to embrace the latest innovations of the Java community today and represent an investme... (more)

Red Hat Numbers Up in Crummy Economy

Red Hat's revenues were up 11.4% to $174.4 million in its first fiscal quarter ended May 31. Subscription revenue was $148.8 million, up 14% year-over-year. It earned $18.5 million, or 10 cents a share, up 7%. Its non-GAAP income for the quarter was $28.7 million, or 15 cents a share, a penny better than expected. It attributes its results to being cheaper than proprietary kit, particularly in this economy. Operating cash flow totaled $61.2 million, as compared to $63.4 million last year. Deferred revenue now comes to $567.3 million, up 15% year-over-year and it's got $884.5 million in the bank. It bought back $47 million worth of stock during the quarter. In the last year it has reduced its shares outstanding by approximately 11%. Red Hat figures the spending environment is unlikely to improve much in the next few quarters, although at least now budgets are "known,... (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 and IBM Achieve Top Security Certification for KVM Hypervisor

Red Hat, Inc. and IBM on Wednesday announced that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 with the KVM hypervisor on IBM Systems has been awarded Common Criteria Certification at Evaluation Assurance Level 4+ (EAL4+). The Common Criteria is an internationally recognized set of standards used by the federal government and other organizations to assess the security and assurance of technology products. This security certification is the first of its kind for an open source virtualization solution. With this new certification, the KVM hypervisor on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and IBM x86 servers now meets government security standards allowing open virtualization to be used in homeland security projects, command-and-control operations, and throughout government agencies that previously were limited to proprietary virtualization technologies. This security certification paves the way ... (more)