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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