Red Hat, Inc. has revealed details for the next phase of its application platform strategy and direction. Reinforcing its commitment to help customers respond to the latest technology trends while extending their existing investments, Red Hat is embracing the evolution of transformational technologies such as dynamic service fabric, cloud, NoSQL, mobile, and multi-language polyglot computing as part of its product strategy. To mark this evolution, Red Hat plans to enable broader developer access to the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform product, and will be holding an open election to select a new name for the JBoss Application Server community project.
This strategy aims to enable tighter collaboration between the global communities of Red Hat engineers, project contributors, customers and partners, allowing the technology to evolve more rapidly to meet the needs of developers and those deploying business-critical applications whether on-premise, in the cloud, or both.
Red Hat and its communities are driving open source and open standards-based application platforms in a number of new directions including:
Dynamic Service Fabric and Hybrid Cloud
Red Hat is continuing to drive the industry from the proprietary, monolithic application server architectures of the past to a dynamic, cloud-enabled service fabric that supports public, private, and hybrid cloud environments. In addition to providing advanced auto-scaling and provisioning by integrating into its OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) platform, Red Hat’s hybrid cloud features provide choice and portability, and avoid lock-in to proprietary platforms or cloud vendors, providing customers freedom and flexibility.
Collaborating on NoSQL Development with 10gen and MongoDB
Building on the momentum of the Hibernate project, Red Hat has collaborated with 10gen, a leader in the NoSQL movement with its open source MongoDB database, to power the next generation of data-powered applications and establish consistent frameworks to increase the scalability and reliability of the next-generation of cloud and mobile applications. Red Hat and 10gen have partnered on Red Hat’s OpenShift PaaS since its launch in May 2011.
Non-relational database management systems such as NoSQL are gaining popularity as an effective alternative to traditional relational database management systems for their scale and developer productivity.
Through the collaboration, Red Hat and 10gen are working together on the Hibernate OGM project to create a consistent, easy-to-use data access framework to make NoSQL development mainstream for Java developers and 10gen's popular open source database, MongoDB.
JBoss Enterprise Application Platform supports popular mobile frameworks and technologies to provide a consistent platform for native and HTML5 experiences to an increasing number of computing devices and form factors beyond the traditional PC through investment in community projects such as Aerogear.
Open choice and polyglot platforms
JBoss Enterprise Application Platform is also providing the benefits of a cloud-enabled service fabric to additional languages and frameworks such as Ruby, Clojure, Ceylon, Scala and the Spring Framework, allowing developers to choose the most appropriate language or framework while still being able to leverage the performance, advanced management and scalability of the Java Virtual Machine. Red Hat will continue to be a community leader and advocate for enterprise Java standards while embracing this vision of polyglot programming.
To better reflect these initiatives Red Hat invites the community to help rename the upstream JBoss Application Server community project through an election process.
Nominations will be accepted online between October 1 – 14 at http://www.jboss.org/vote. The top names, as decided by a panel of judges made up of Red Hat employees, will be presented to the community for voting from October 21 – November 1, and the winning entry will be announced November 12 during the Devoxx conference in Antwerp, Belgium.
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