Red Hat Drives Customer Value Beyond Linux

Red Hat today delivered more on the vision of Open Source Architecture by announcing plans to combine a virtualized operating system and a full set of building blocks for building service-oriented (SOA) solutions to provide a flexible, low-cost foundation for enterprise computing. Red Hat believes that virtualization and SOA are technology strategies that companies should adopt to realize long-term cost savings while increasing productivity and performance.

Red Hat launched its 'Open Source Architecture for the Enterprise' strategy in 2002. Starting with the core Linux platform, Red Hat worked to build an ecosystem that included a robust hardware and software partner ecosystem, storage, management and security. With the acquisition of JBoss in June, Red Hat is now driving value into the middleware layer. This will enable customers to take advantage of SOA and rich internet applications.

Today, during JBoss World Berlin, the Company announced advancements in the JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite that improves SOA integration and interoperability. JBoss ESB (see "JBoss Expands Open Source Platform for SOA with Enterprise Service Bus") is a key component in an SOA by intermediating interactions between enterprise applications, business services, business components and middleware to integrate and automate business processes. In addition, the Company is previewing new JBoss Application Server 5.0 features that enhance performance, scalability and interoperability (see "JBoss Delivers Core Technologies for Next-Generation Java EE 5.0 Application Server"). JEMS is fully integrated with Red Hat Enterprise Linux so that customers can extend the value of open source further into their organizations.

"Red Hat's core technology focus in 2006 was virtualization. Mid-way through the year we began working to integrate the efficiency of virtualization with the flexibility of SOA. Red Hat's goal is to eliminate the dependency on pricey, monolithic platforms that guarantee lock-in and products that must be cobbled together," said Paul Cormier, Executive Vice President of Engineering at Red Hat. "JBoss continues to lead in innovation with their middleware suite. The merging and integration of these technologies with the core platform will present more opportunities for value through the power of open source for our customers."

A Pluggable Architecture for Partners

Designed to be an enablement platform that will accelerate customers down the path to SOA, Red Hat's Open Source Architecture offers all the benefits of an optimized stack but is flexible and open enough to allow complementary and competitive technologies to plug into the platform. Customers can use as much or as little of the platform to jumpstart their SOA initiatives, with room to grow as their business expands. Moreover, partners and third-party vendors extend the choices with compatible solutions for building Open Source Architectures.

2007 Technologies Direction

The Red Hat SOA platform offers a modular architecture that allows enterprises to leverage what they need, when they need it. Enterprises can start with the Red Hat Application Stack and add portal, business process management and other capabilities as needed. Over time, JBoss plans to extend JBoss ESB with additional JEMS products such as the JBoss jBPM business process management and workflow engine. As part of its effort to enable customers and accelerate their path to SOA, Red Hat and JBoss will be looking to partners to extend solution capabilities with connectors, B2B gateways, SOA governance and business services.

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