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FY09-Q2: Quarter in review September 19, 2008

Posted by Sacha in JBoss.
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In the last 3 months, we did various press releases around JBoss Enterprise Middleware. Given that most of you must have been on vacation this summer, I thought it would be useful for me to do a quick summary:

Also, JBoss ranked at “Challenger” in Gartner’s Portal Magic Quadrant.

Onward,

Sacha

JBoss AS is now EE5 certified! September 15, 2008

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As promised a few weeks back, we just released JBoss AS 5.0CR2. Two of our main CR2 release criteria were i) full EE5 TCK compliance and ii) 100% of our test suite passing the tests. Consequently, after 27098 tests, I am very happy to report that we are now very officially passing the EE5 TCK. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the JBoss AS contributors (as well as those of our affiliated projects) who’ve restlessly fought hard to make it happen; it has really been a two year sprint.

While for most of our users, using JBoss 4.x was “good enough” (i.e. it already contains most of the EE5 components such as EJB3 and support for Web Services), some companies strictly relying on such certification have been waiting a long time for this version.

But this release is not just important to those users, it is also a very important time for us at JBoss: we have been investing so much of our expertise and innovation in the EE5 specifications, notably in EJB3 and JPA, that we are extremely proud to see this innovation finally come to light in our product. EE5 very much signifies the end of Java’s era of Enterprise middleware arrogance (“we are complex because we are powerful”). “Simplicity” is now a respected criteria in this new era of Java middleware.

OK, enough self-congratulation; what next? In 10 days, we are going to have a JBoss AS engineering meeting in Neuchâtel to polish the codebase for the official GA tagging and prioritize the post-GA tasks. Given that the GA release should happen in the next 6 weeks or so, we are working in parallel on the content of the EAP 5.0 (the only version of the software Red Hat supports).

Onward,

Sacha

The virtualization market is entering phase II: RHT acquires Qumranet September 4, 2008

Posted by Sacha in IT, JBoss.
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Today RHT made an aggressive move into the virtualization market.

Let me explain what it means.

One of the key strengths of OS vendors is the size of the their ecosystem. The more IHV (Independent Hardware Vendors) and ISV (Independent Software Vendors) certify on your OS, the more chances you have to be successful. Or to put it differently, with no or little ecosystem (read: VMWare), a company has very little chance of success. And on the OS market, the landscape has become pretty simple: MSFT and RHT are kings next to a handful of dying Unix flavors. And this is not likely to change anytime soon: for an IHV or ISV to support a new OS requires considerable engineering investment. Lesson 1: The OS game is over. MSFT and RHT will fight the market share, while “would-be” new entrants will watch the game.

Recently, the market has been aggressively shifting towards virtualized environments and in order to provide a cost-efficient solution to those users, you cannot simply “reset the OS ecosystem” and restart from scratch: you must leverage the existing OS ecosystem. Lesson 2: The two leading OS vendors are the only able to sustain on the virtualized market in the long run. This is exactly what KVM provides (and XEN does not): KVM can fully leverage the existing IHV and ISV ecosystem earned over time by RHT.

For sure, in the short run (i.e. before the virtualization market gets under pricing pressure) companies like VMWare will be able to sell a virtualized environment as a (very costly) side dish to the OS, but in the long run, core OS and hypervisors will just be one. As an example, if you are paying for RHEL Enterprise today, let’s say for 32 CPUs, this gives you the right not only two run the core RHEL OS on 32 CPUs, but also gives you access to:
- unlimited virtualized environments running on top of these 32 physical CPUs (this is what VMWare will sell you)
- unlimited virtual RHEL guests running on top of those 32 physical CPUs

Lesson 3: price pressure will slowly get rid of the virtualization-only vendors (36 months).

Morale of the story: the virtualization market is entering into Phase II, when only OS vendors could sustain the pressure required to remain in the virtualization market.

Onward,

Sacha

Kava: JBoss community in China is growing! September 2, 2008

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I was discussing with Bruno Georges this morning about the APAC market and he pointed me at the Kava Community web site and it is pretty impressive! The Kava community is writing blog entries in Chinese, reporting on JBoss activities and more importantly translating the JBoss.org documentation into Chinese! Our growth in China is very good and I am happy to see such communities emerge, that’s a great signal.

I’d like to take that opportunity to mention the growing number of JBoss-related articled published at DZone. If you haven’t done so yet, please visit the JBoss homepage at DZone. Recent entries include introductions to JBoss AOP, introductions to JBoss RichFaces, to REST, etc.

Onward,

Sacha

Bob McWhirter is back September 1, 2008

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Bob McWhirter joined us about one year ago to lead JBoss.org, our community site. A few months back, Bob decided to take a sabbatical and Mark Newton stepped up as the new JBoss.org lead. And I am now very happy to announce that as of Today Bob is back.

However, Bob is not going to re-join the JBoss.org team. Instead, he will come back in a new role as part of the small but talented Research & Prototyping – R&P – team (and hence, will keep reporting to me).

As part of his role, Bob will first focus on the specific case of the Ruby-JBoss integration and, from there, look at how we can solve the more generic problem of such similar integrations in a scalable way (from an engineering/support standpoint). You’ll get more information by reading his blog.

Bob, you are very talented, I am very happy to see you back with us in the trenches.

Onward,

Sacha

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