Bull and JBoss Form Strategic Partnership

Red Hat Expands Current Bull Partnership to Include Open Source R&D

Collaboration, System Integration, and Subscription Support With Middleware


Nov 21, 2006, 00:00 ET from Bull & JBoss

    JBOSS WORLD, BERLIN, Germany, November 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Bull and JBoss, a division of Red Hat (NASDAQ:   RHAT), today announced a
 worldwide technology and business partnership to accelerate the development
 and deployment of interoperable open source middleware solutions for
 enterprise service-oriented architecture (SOA). The partnership, which
 builds on Bull's existing alliance with Red Hat, is JBoss' first strategic
 partnership in Europe to include open source research and development
 collaboration and demonstrates both companies' leadership and commitment to
 open source software innovation.
     The multi-dimensional agreement increases open source innovation,
 interoperability, integration, delivery, and support capabilities. Bull and
 JBoss will work together in three areas:
     - R&D Collaboration: Bull becomes a contributor to the JBoss community,
 following the same collaborative strategy it takes with other communities
 such as Apache, Eclipse, and the ObjectWeb consortium, which was co-founded
 by Bull. JBoss projects will benefit from Bull's expertise, especially in
 security and business process management (BPM). Specifically, Bull
 engineers will participate in the JBoss jBPM project and lead the BPEL
 (Business Process Execution Language) project as a starting point.
     - System Integration (SI): Bull becomes a strategic SI partner and will
 add the JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite (JEMS) to its portfolio of open
 source solutions, known as "Open Energy.". Bull's 400-plus open source
 software service and middleware specialists will provide a broad range of
 system integration services including consulting, application design, and
 tuning. Bull will deliver JEMS-based solutions on its NovaScale and Escala
 range of servers within the broad range of open source solutions it
 delivers on its platforms. This capacity of delivery will leverage the
 Bull-Red Hat OEM contract.
     - Subscriptions: Bull will resell JBoss Subscriptions, which includes
 support and access to the JBoss Operations Network (ON), to its customers.
 Under the agreement, Bull will provide first- and second-level support with
 Red Hat providing third-level technical support.
     As part of the agreement, Red Hat will strengthen its involvement with
 ObjectWeb, including working closely with Bull on the future development
 and extension of ObjectWeb, codenamed ObjectWeb v2. In addition, Bull is
 committed to working on interoperability between the JBoss community and
 the ObjectWeb consortium.
     "For years, Bull proved as a leading open source software integrator
 and contributor to numerous communities." said Jean-Pierre Barberis,
 General Manager of Bull Services and Solutions. "By adding to our long term
 commitment to ObjectWeb a strategic partnership with JBoss, we enforce the
 cross-fertilization and interoperability of open source middleware
 developments. As Architect of an Open World, we offer enterprises a unique
 capacity on the market to deploy and support the flexible, interoperable
 SOA-based business applications that will drive next-generation computing."
     Marc Fleury, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the JBoss
 division, Red Hat, commented: "We welcome Bull into the JBoss community and
 look forward to many contributions from them, particularly in the areas of
 security and BPM. Our planned interoperability work underscores Red Hat's
 focus on driving customer value through a flexible, standards-based, open
 source SOA platform, which we believe offers customers a more extensive
 choice of technology. As a partner, Bull extends our ecosystem and brings
 strong integration capabilities to support enterprise-class JEMS-based
 solutions to the global market."
     Accelerating the shift to SOA with open source
     Enterprises have recognized the value of SOA in improving business
 processes and unlocking better performance and responsiveness, but their
 main challenge remains a budgetary issue. Today, companies must choose
 between pricey, proprietary, monolithic platforms or "roll your own"
 solutions that can be costly to build and maintain over time. Through this
 expanded partnership, enterprises can accelerate their move to SOA through
 low-cost, proven open source middleware backed by consulting and
 integration services from a global IT company with over four decades of
 experience solving computing challenges.
     About Bull, Architect of an Open World
     As one of the leading European IT companies, Bull delivers open,
 flexible and secure information systems. The group helps public and private
 sector customers transform their information systems, applying its know-how
 and expertise in three main areas:
     - Capitalizing on its extensive mainframe experience, Bull designs and
 produces robust, innovative and open servers, based on industry-standard
     - Building on its alliances with leading ISVs, Bull develops and
 implements flexible and interoperable application infrastructures which
 give business processes the freedom to evolve;
     - Bringing together recognized expertise in end-to-end IT security,
 Bull secures data and exchanges that are so critical in preserving
 customers' business integrity.
     Bull has a particularly strong presence in the public, healthcare,
 finance, telecommunications, manufacturing and defense sectors. Its
 distribution network and business partners cover more than 60 countries
 worldwide. For more information visit: http://www.bull.com.
     About Red Hat, Inc.
     Red Hat, the world's leading open source and Linux provider, is
 headquartered in Raleigh, NC with satellite offices spanning the globe.
 CIOs and other senior-level IT executives have ranked Red Hat as the
 industry's most valued vendor for two consecutive years in the CIO Insight
 Magazine Vendor Value study. Red Hat is leading Linux and open source
 solutions into the mainstream by making high quality, low cost technology
 accessible. Red Hat provides operating system software along with
 applications, management, and middleware solutions, including JBoss
 Enterprise Middleware Suite (JEMS). Red Hat is accelerating the shift to
 service-oriented architectures (SOA) and enabling the next generation of
 web-enabled applications running on a low-cost, secure open source
 platform. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to
 its customers worldwide and through top-tier partnerships. Red Hat's open
 source strategy offers customers a long term plan for building
 infrastructures that are based on and leverage open source technologies
 with focus on security and ease of management. Learn more:
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     Anne-Marie Jourdain
     Chantal Yang
     JBoss, a division of Red Hat
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     AxiCom for JBoss
     Elodie Marchand
     Financial Dynamics for Bull

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