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Red Hat continues enterprise charm-offensive with Data Services and SOA 5.3

Deciding to hold off on too many enterprise class announcements in one week, Red Hat yesterday completed their trove of updates with supplementary new iterations of JBoss Enterprise SOA and Enterprise Data Services.

For the savvy of enterprises, these two open source middleware products offer a intelligence boost for their business processes. JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform 5.3 is the Red Hat flavour of the Enterprise Service Bus that relieves businesses of manual pressures making it easier to integrate their services, applications and data while JBoss Enterprise Data Services Platform contains tools to deal with data across a variety of different environments.

Amongst the plethora of additional support in the products this time round includes integration with fellow JBoss stablemates, jBPM 5 to provide ESB and data virtualisation possibilities for the business process manager. Through this connection, enterprises can finally get an agile automation environment for the most menial of their processes.

It's also possible to link up seamlessly to the integration framework, Apache Camel, with both. Additional messaging support is provided in the form of multi-protocol asynchronous HornetQ, whilst new data sources are added such as Greenplum Database, PostgresSQL 9 and Red Hat Directory Server 9. An extra treat provided is a preview of an Apache Hive connector, suggesting that the world of Big Data is worth pursuing for some of the most staunchly opposed business, or at least fearful.

These extra services complement the big daddy, JBoss EAP 6, making it an all-consuming platform with so many possibilities. In particular, JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform 5.3 enables JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 applications, both in the cloud or on-premise, dragging some enterprise applications into this generation. If you're not already utilising the older versions of these middleware beauties, you can get your hands on the new version in July.

Chris Mayer

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