Red Hat Delivers New JBoss Tools, SOA Platform at EclipseCon

Red Hat announces new Java development tools as well as a new version of its service-oriented architecture (SOA) platform at EclipseCon 2010.

Red Hat has announced new Java development tools as well as a new version of its service-oriented architecture platform.

At the EclipseCon 2010 conference for developers and users of the Eclipse open-source integrated development environment (IDE) in Santa Clara, Calif., on March 22, Red Hat announced the launch of its JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform 5.0 with enhanced functionality to update its JBoss Enterprise Middleware portfolio. JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform 5.0 is designed to integrate applications, services, transactions and business process components into an architecture for automating business and IT processes, the company said.

As the latest major version of the company's SOA software, Red Hat's JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform 5.0 features an updated enterprise services bus with enhanced protocol listeners, Web services integration, management consoles and transformation, and a new rules engine that can be managed by JBoss Enterprise BRMS (Business Rules Management System). Red Hat officials said the new version of the platform enables enterprises to more rapidly deploy new applications and services while leveraging their existing IT investment to compete more effectively.

In addition, Red Hat announced the further expansion of its middleware portfolio with JBoss Developer Studio 3.0, a new version of the company's development platform for building interactive applications and services. JBoss Developer Studio 3.0 includes expanded support for all of the JBoss Enterprise Platforms-JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, SOA, Portal and Data Services platforms.

Moreover, the new version of the tool set is based on the latest major release of Eclipse 3.5, and includes new development capabilities for building SOA services and data transformation tools for developing enhanced integration services. For enterprise IT organizations looking to decrease development costs by reducing time-to-deploy, JBoss Developer Studio 3.0 offers a comprehensive development package, the company said.

"Both of these platforms [the SOA and tools studio] add new and critical capabilities to the JBoss Enterprise Middleware portfolio, and help to form a broad range of open-source middleware reference architecture, which enables organizations to address their application development, deployment and integration needs," said Craig Muzilla, vice president of middleware at Red Hat, in a statement.

Red Hat officials also said the JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform is designed to integrate applications and services in cloud and on-premises deployments, allowing enterprises to further optimize their IT infrastructure cost and flexibility.

"Application development within the SOA-equipped enterprise has evolved significantly over the past two years, demanding a more eclectic and flexible arsenal of expertise and matching tools," said Brad Shimmin, principal analyst for application infrastructure at Current Analysis, in a statement. "Services and their underlying data must be considered together, as do cloud and premise deployments, as do rich Internet applications and complex integrated services. JBoss Developer Studio 3.0 melds these disparate concerns using the agility of the Eclipse 3.5 platform and a broad quiver of supported frameworks that includes RichFaces, Seam, Spring, Struts and GWT [Google Web Toolkit]."


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