Red Hat releases JBoss stack, eyes SOA

By   |  September 19, 2006

Ninety days after its purchase of JBoss, Red Hat has released its first application stack with integrated JBoss technology for high-end LAMP and Java servers. It also announced that JBoss middleware subscriptions are available to its global partners.

The application stack is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and includes JBoss Application Server, JBoss Hibernate, PostgreSql and MySQL. Ita also includes an Apache web server, PHP and Perl. The Linux company is planning on releasing future versions aimed at vertical market segments, such as healthcare and telecommunications.

The three one-year subscription flavours of the stack cost $1 999 for the low-end, $5 499 for the mid-range and $8 499 for all the bells-and-whistles, plus one-hour 24×7 response times.

All JBoss middleware solutions are now available through Red Hat’s global channel, which includes local Linux house Obsidian amongst its number.

Red Hat’s press suggests that the combination of JBoss and Red Hat is a strong offering for companies looking to move towards service-oriented architectures (SOA). The inclusion of the middleware on its application server certainly puts Red Hat up against the SOA leader, IBM, competing directly with WebSphere. It will challenge Red Hat’s partners to implement its new software stack in a service-oriented manner, with Red Hat’s success at this high end of the market dependent on how well they engage the customers’ needs for SOA.

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