Red Hat, JBoss Show Fruits of Acquisition

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 09-18-2006
Linux vendor Red Hat on Sept. 18 will roll out a new series of open-source subscriptions that include offerings from recently acquired middleware provider JBoss. The products will be immediately available to Red Hat's global distributors and resellers.

The new Red Hat Application Stack subscription includes RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux), JBoss AS (Application Server) and JBoss Hibernate, as well as support for the MySQL and PostgreSQL open-source databases.

New offerings also include JBoss subscriptions, such as JBoss AS, JBoss Hibernate and the various JEMS (JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite) components.

All the software will be delivered and updated through the Red Hat Network. Pricing for an annual subscription will start at about $1,999 per server and rise to about $8,499 per server, depending on the level of support required, said Todd Barr, a director in Red Hat's enterprise group.

The launch of these new stack offerings comes approximately 100 days after Red Hat, of Raleigh, N.C., completed its acquisition of JBoss.

"The combination of JBoss' and Red Hat's platform offerings positions us really well to lead the build-out of the next-generation enterprise IT software infrastructure, where open-source solutions enable virtualization and SOA [service-oriented architecture]," Barr said.

Red Hat is positioning JEMS as the low-cost on-ramp to SOA. That, along with RHEL and its upcoming Xen virtualization capabilities—as well as the ongoing build-out of the management and security infrastructure around RHEL and JEMS—is becoming a compelling, flexible, modular and low-cost infrastructure solution, Barr said.

"JBoss was largely a direct company before, while more than 60 percent of Red Hat's sales came from its OEM and reseller channel. So, to be able to light up that channel with JBoss solutions is pretty significant," Barr said.

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