The Future of Enterprise Java: JBoss Open Choice
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Red Hat announcing?
A: Red Hat launched JBoss Open Choice, a new application platform product strategy aimed at accommodating the variety of popular programming models used to deploy Java applications, without sacrificing operational requirements for reliability, availability, scalability or manageability. Leveraging this JBoss Open Choice strategy, Red Hat also expanded its solution set for Java applications by introducing additional, lighter-weight application platforms that accommodate a variety of application workloads from simple web applications, to light and rich Java applications, to Java Enterprise Edition (EE) based applications.
Q: What is JBoss Open Choice?
A: JBoss Open Choice is an application platform product strategy that leverages the innovative JBoss Microcontainer to provide a single application platform core to provide the same set of common enterprise services for reliability, scalability, security and management, regardless of the selected programming model. The technology behind JBoss Open Choice will support a variety of popular programing styles and frameworks, such as Plain Old Java Objects, Java Enterprise Edition, Spring Framework, OSGi, and Rich Internet Application frameworks that change over time. This flexible architecure separates the core enterprise services layer from the programming API layer to provide a constant operational core that isolates users from any of the changes & evolutions in programming styles over time.
Q: How will Red Hat customers benefit from JBoss Open Choice?
A: Without compromising underlying IT operational requirements, JBoss Open Choice strategy allows Red Hat customers to adopt a common open source platform that supports the variety of popular programming models and deployment paradigms used today, as well as in the future. By leveraging a single core platform for a variety of application types, Red Hat customers are expected to benefit through reduced complexity and increased flexibility in their application development and deployment environments.
Q: What new JBoss application platform products were introduced?
A: Executing on its JBoss Open Choice strategy, Red Hat expanded its JBoss Application Platform portfolio to include additional lightweight platforms for Java Applications. Red Hat customers can now choose the workload-based platform that fits their application's requirements:
- JBoss Enterprise Application Platform: Red Hat's current solution for highly transactional applications utilizing the full Java Enterprise Edition (EE) programming approach and requiring a complete set of enterprise services for clustering, caching, messaging, transactions and comprehensive web services support.
- JBoss Enterprise Web Platform: A new solution for mid-size workloads, focusing on light and rich Java applications. Web Platform is a slimmed down version of the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform that builds upon the new Java EE Web Profile to provide enterprise features for clustering, caching, and simple web services.
- JBoss Enterprise Web Server: A new platform for the simplest Java workloads and web applications, JBoss Enterprise Web Server provides a stable, long-term enterprise product support lifecycle for Apache Web Server, Apache Tomcat and all of the common connectors used in between.
Additionally, Red Hat expanded its Java application framework offerings by introducing JBoss Web Framework Kit, a single solution for popular open source frameworks used for web application development. This first release of Web Framework Kit includes enterprise-class versions of Google Web Toolkit, RichFaces, Spring Framework, and Apache Struts. Future versions are expected to include additional rich application frameworks. Along with JBoss Hibernate and Seam, these Java application frameworks are expected to be included with both JBoss Enterprise Application & Web Platforms and can also easily be added to JBoss Enterprise Web Server.
Q: Where can I find more information?
A: A replay of the Red Hat webcast covering these strategic JBoss initiatives and additional information on the JBoss Open Choice strategy can be found at: http://www.jboss.com/solutions/javaapps