JBoss Enterprise Acceleration Initiative Announcement

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  1. At JBoss World 2008, JBoss has announced its "Enterprise Acceleration" initiative. The initiative, says JBoss VP of middleware Craig Muzilla, is "An umbrella initiative that will consist of products, programs and services to speed the adoption of JBoss middleware in the enterprise." While sounding similar at first blush to Sun's Java Enterprise System (JES) offering, delivered in 2005, Enterprise Acceleration has one key differentiator: JBoss will be creating several Enterprise Acceleration Centers, offered both as brick and mortar facilities and online. These centers will offer JBoss enterprise users individual "labs" covering these four key areas of typical enterprise deployments:
    • Migration: For the parts of your solution that you are replacing with JBoss software, the migration lab will make your migration as smooth as possible.
    • Interoperability: For the parts of your solution that you are not replacing with JBoss, or for which JBoss has no offering, the interop lab will help you get all that stuff working with your JBoss enterprisemongery.
    • Performance tuning: Make your solution run as fast as possible.
    • Certification: LiveCert. Mr. Muzilla said that they "...will allow you to use this laboratory to test your JBoss products to ensure they are operating the way they should operate." Sounds like acceptance.
    The goal of the labs is to give you the tools, resources, and best practices to deploy JBoss with confidence. The other two pillars of the initiative are essentially a consolidation of their existing "Comprehensive" Middleware Portfolio, Architecture, and Enterprise Products, with some added guarantees of works-well-together-ness that also was a selling point of JES. Their stated goal with the Enterprise Acceleration initiative is, "by 2015, when you look into the [middleware] marketplace, at the infrastructure that's being deployed, our goal is to have 50% of the middleware marketplace, in deployment." Mr. Muzilla further stated that he wants to "leverage the success that we've had throughout the years, with developers, and now make [JBoss software] a de facto standard within corporate IT." When asked about how that relates to JBoss's future support of the Java Community Process (JCP) standards body, Mr. Muzilla deferred to Sacha Labourey, VP of Engineering for Middleware at JBoss. "We play an important role as part of the JCP. We're in the Executive Committee, and we're leading some specs, such as WebBeans." Mr. Labourey went on, "The JCP is not the only star in the sky. We intend to look at everything out there and be very opportunistic and to take whatever the customers want to take. But we're also gonna drive things and makes sure that if we think there is a good standard out there, we use it for our platforms." With the creation of the Enterprise Acceleration initiative, JBoss and RedHat are demonstrating a solid understanding of the IT troops in the field and what they need to deliver value to their organizations. It remains to be seen if this iniative will succeed in securing JBoss's place in that value chain. [Editor's note: this was written by Mr. Burns reporting from the conference, and has been posted with only a few changes. Assume any errors are on the part of the TSS editorial staff rather than Ed.]

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  2. Certification: LiveCert. Mr. Muzilla said that they "...will allow you to use this laboratory to test your JBoss products to ensure they are operating the way they should operate." Sounds like acceptance.
    Before JBoss was acquired by RedHat I had been in discussions with Sacha Labourey about the creation of a software performance and execution analysis certification program available under subscription. At that time my idea was for the JXInsight to be paired with JBoss Rules to create an extensible software verification and validation system for customer applications. The plan was for each JBoss project leader to define rules (interface contracts, runtime policies,....) in terms of JXInsight underlying software/system execution models for their own project. Unfortunately the acquisition caused our talks to breakdown and we went on to create our own software inspection solution. http://blog.jinspired.com/?p=37 William Louth JXInsight Product Architect JINSPIRED "Performance monitoring and Problem diagnostics for Java EE, SOA, and Grid Computing" http://www.jinspired.com
  3. Their stated goal with the Enterprise Acceleration initiative is, "by 2015, when you look into the [middleware] marketplace, at the infrastructure that's being deployed, our goal is to have 50% of the middleware marketplace, in deployment."
    Ambitious, but possible.
  4. Re: 50%[ Go to top ]

    I love JBoss (2/14)...but that figure is so asinine as to make Muzilla a non-credible source in the middleware community: with Glassfish, Oracle WebLogic, WebSphere, and SAP NetWeaver, there would have to be some analysis done on what it would take to get this number, and nothing makes sense if u give .Net some market share.... That is blustery talk from a non-seasoned exec....I'm sure I would like Muzilla if given the chance to talk with him, but he just strained my hopes for JBoss... btw, JBoss 5, anyone? Has it been discussed in Orlando?
  5. Very nice[ Go to top ]

    Very nice initiative! It can be even nicer if:... 1. At least some of the services are free and provided as a marketing effort to show the value of subscription. 2. Physical centers are offered internationally. 3. Help would be provided for teams deploying non-Seam or other JBoss less standard frameworks (f.e: running spring instead of ejbs). 4. Someone would answer my emails requesting cost information about actual subscriptions for the past two years, :) 5. JBoss doesn't set a '50% market share' goal which is not very credible.