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Red Hat launches JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6

Chris Mayer

Red Hat have yet again made a cloud announcement – this time letting JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 go GA

Red Hat have yet again made a cloud announcement – this time
unveiling JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6, with a clear
goal to give developers a helping hand when entering the cloud with
flexible middleware to suit the architecture for you.

The release represents nearly two years work towards the sixth
iteration of what Director Product Management at Red Hat,
Rick Sharples calls 
the ‘most ambitious JBoss release
ever’, certainly from an enterprise standpoint. It would have to be
with Red Hat’s product line getting a jolt in recent weeks. As
expected, JBoss EAP will integrate into some of the latest gems to
emerge from Red Hat’s portfolio – such as the PaaS option OpenShift
and do-it-yourself IaaS CloudForms. With the former, EAP 6 acts as
the run-time engine that drives Java workloads for OpenShift

EAP 6’s crowning glory appears to be the architecture itself,
updated to deal so it can be deployed on-premise, private and
public clouds. It’s also making big noises about being flexible,
lightweight and pluggable, with its modular set of services.

Support for Java EE 6 comes as standard, whilst EAP 6 also backs
a wide range of JVM-based frameworks, such as Spring, Struts and
Google Web Toolkit. Sharples added in a live webcast that Red Hat’s
intention was never to leave Java behind. He said “Java
is very much not dying…the growth of java is still outstripping
many, many other languages.”

There’s also world class tool support for some JBoss
stablemates, components like Hibernate, HornetQ, and
Infinispan, as well as a focus on up and coming community
initiatives such as testing suit Arquillian. It’s not all in-house
however with support for Maven, Hudson and other open source tools
to further enhance developer productivity when using EAP

It’s no wonder the JBoss community are calling this the
next-gen platform, with EAP 6 tailored for multi-core and
virtualised environments, as is the norm these days. There’s also a
defined focus on mobile as well as cloud, with EAP 6 becoming a
multi-talented behemoth.

Mark Little, who leads JBoss’s technical direction, spoke with

glee on his blog
at the announcement:

I knew how important this new version would be. We
in its final stages of ratification in the JCP
, with core
capabilities such as 
CDI and Bean
 that we had lead; there were new projects
that were related to that effort in the JBoss world and new people
in various positions (not just me) to lead this. But if history had
told me anything, it was that it wouldn’t be an easy ride; we’ve
have ups and downs, highs and lows over the years and it’s
inevitable that things won’t always go according to plan with an
effort as significant as EAP 6.0. But I felt that the team could
produce the world’s best 
compliant application server in the community
likewise for our customers.

Craig Muzilla, vice president and general manager of
Middleware at Red Hat spoke of the
“Enterprises are always seeking
ways to deliver applications faster, and they increasingly view the
cloud as the environment in which to do that, as long as they can
do so on their own terms. JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6
allows enterprises to easily create and manage applications in the
cloud, on premise or in a hybrid architecture. It also extends our
commitment to rapidly delivering products to market, allowing
organizations to better take advantage of and respond to evolving

Jay Lyman, senior analyst, Enterprise Software, 451
Research offered the following view: “The JBoss
Enterprise Application Platform 6 update lives up to its billing as
Red Hat’s most ambitious release of the software ever, with
capabilities and features in cloud computing, mobile software and
big data – all of which are key strategic areas of enterprise

Coupled with the mega release is the announcement
that JBoss’s NoSQL database offering on Infinispan, JBoss
DataGrid 6
is no longer in beta – primed to deal with the
evolving world of Big Data within the enterprise. We’re excited to
see JBoss EAP 6 in work. 
JBoss Enterprise
Application Platform 6 is available
for download now

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