Red Hat Offers Access to JBoss Java EE 6 Platform

Red Hat announced early access for its upcoming JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 at the Red Hat Summit 2011.

Red Hat has announced that it has opened registration to an early access program for JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6, which is planned to be released for general availability at the beginning of next year.

The release of JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 reflects the culmination of Red Hat's efforts to facilitate the adoption of Java Enterprise Edition (EE) 6 technologies, enable a platform-as-a-service (PAAS)-ready platform and simplify the management of application servers regardless of where they are deployed, the company said in a press release. Red Had made this announcement on May 3 at the Red Hat Summit in Boston.

"JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 reflects our vision of the future of Java application platforms for both traditional and cloud-based environments," said Craig Muzilla, Red Hat's vice president and general manager of middleware business, in a statement. "Our next-generation platform is a major leap forward for application servers both in terms of the advances in Java EE specification - including specifications that were heavily influenced and defined by Red Hat - and in the way application servers can be deployed, managed and administered."

JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 implements key Java EE 6 technologies that Red Hat helped to develop, including Contexts and Dependency Injection (CDI), which makes Java EE more developer friendly. In addition, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 will make it easier for developers to tune and size the application server to fit the workload, whether in a physical, virtualized or cloud deployment. And JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 introduces new capabilities including a task-based management framework that is designed to provide the foundation for large-scale automation for public and private cloud deployments, and reduction in memory consumption, startup and deployment times to support many new small footprint deployments, Red Hat said.

Meanwhile, in April, Red Hat announced its continued vision for the evolution of Java through the submission of three new Java Specification Request (JSR) proposals and collaboration in at least four other specifications for the upcoming Java EE 7 specification (JSR 342). Some of these innovations are already being developed in JBoss Community projects and are expected to be included in future JBoss products and offerings, Red Hat officials said.

Developers interested in registering for the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 Early Adopter Program can go to to sign up for product updates, demos, webinars and access to the Early Adopter Program code.