Yesterday, JBoss and RedHat made a few preliminary product announcements before the upcoming combination JBoss World / Red Hat Summit 2012 event scheduled for June 26-29. Their primary push was for the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP) 6, but there was also significant talk about the open source JBoss Data Grid 6 and Red Hat’s recently announced infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering, CloudForms.
The JBoss EAP 6 is said to provide developers with “a high-performance, low-footprint, easy-to-manage solution designed to help enterprises build applications and ease into the cloud.” Representatives from JBoss and Red Hat touted the new platform’s cloud centric nature, lightweight pluggable architecture, malleability, multicore and virtual systems optimization, upgraded middleware components and the fact that it supports Java EE 6 as well as JVM languages such as Spring, Struts, and Google Web Toolkit.
On the data side, JBoss Data Grid 6 is Red Hat’s offering for dealing with big data issues. “The massive proliferation of data places new demands upon enterprise applications… Red Hat JBoss Data Grid 6 brings a new approach to solving this issue, enabling enterprises to move with agility and with more flexibility than other proprietary approaches.” Explains Craig Muzilla, vice president of middleware at Red Hat.
He and other spokespeople put a number of features of the new system on parade, including its NoSQL approach, real-time application support for big data, flexibility of application integration, high scalability, high availability and fault tolerance. This is said to allow enterprise customers to build an open cloud that can integrate resources from various vendors and maintain a shield against lock-in to any one vendor.
Looking at the third new product in their trifecta, Red Hat claims that CloudForms provides enterprise IT organizations with the tools to build a hybrid cloud infrastructure that will deliver self-service computing resources to end-users, but without giving up control.