JBoss Seals French Connection with Bull, ObjectWeb

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 11-21-2006
BERLIN—Some might call it the French Connection, and others might call it the falling of a wall, but the agreement between JBoss and the ObjectWeb consortium to collaborate on open-source technology is a breakthrough in the middleware world.

At JBoss World Berlin here, Paris-based Bull and JBoss, a division of Red Hat, on Nov. 21 announced a worldwide technology and business partnership to accelerate the development and deployment of interoperable open-source middleware solutions for enterprise SOA (service-oriented architecture).

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Jean-Pierre Barberis, general manager of Bull Services and Solutions, made the announcement during the morning keynote at the conference. The new partnership builds on Bull's existing alliance with Red Hat and is JBoss' first strategic partnership in Europe to include open-source research and development collaboration.

Marc Fleury, the founder of JBoss and senior vice president and general manager of the JBoss division of Red Hat, said the move is significant because it brings together two middleware camps that before were essentially "fighting" to now work on pushing out the same technology stack.

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