November 27, 2006
Bull and JBoss, a division of Red
Hat, have announced a worldwide technology and business partnership to
accelerate the development and deployment of interoperable open source
middleware solutions for enterprise service-oriented architecture
(SOA). The partnership, which builds on Bull's existing alliance with
Red Hat, is JBoss' first strategic partnership in Europe to include
open source research and development collaboration and demonstrates
both companies' leadership and commitment to open source software
The multi-dimensional agreement aims to increase open source innovation, interoperability, integration, delivery, and support capabilities. Bull and JBoss will work together in three areas:
As part of the
agreement, Red Hat will strengthen its involvement with ObjectWeb,
including working closely with Bull on the future development and
extension of ObjectWeb, codenamed ObjectWeb v2. In addition, Bull is
committed to working on interoperability between the JBoss community
and the ObjectWeb consortium.
"For years, Bull proved as a leading open source software integrator and contributor to numerous communities," said JP Barbéris, general manager of Bull Services and Solutions. "By adding to our long term commitment to ObjectWeb a strategic partnership with JBoss, we enforce the cross-fertilization and interoperability of open source middleware developments. As Architect of an Open World, we offer enterprises a unique capacity on the market to deploy and support the flexible, interoperable SOA-based business applications that will drive next-generation computing."
Marc Fleury, senior vice president and general manager of the JBoss division, Red Hat, commented: "We welcome Bull into the JBoss community and look forward to many contributions from them, particularly in the areas of security and BPM. Our planned interoperability work underscores Red Hat's focus on driving customer value through a flexible, standards-based, open source SOA platform, which we believe offers customers a more extensive choice of technology. As a partner, Bull extends our ecosystem and brings strong integration capabilities to support enterprise-class JEMS-based solutions in the global market."
Enterprises have recognized the value of SOA in improving business processes and unlocking better performance and responsiveness, but their main challenge remains a budgetary issue. Today, companies must choose between pricey, proprietary, monolithic platforms or "roll your own" solutions that can be costly to build and maintain over time. Bull and JBoss assert that their expanded partnership will allow enterprises to accelerate their move to SOA through low-cost, proven open source middleware backed by consulting and integration services from a global IT company with over four decades of experience solving computing challenges.
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