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Red Hat Updates JBoss for Cloud Migration

Red Hat on Monday launched a new version of its JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, designed to help enterprises move existing applications to the cloud.

Red Hat Inc. (NYSE: RHT) introduced the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 7, with support for the Red Hat's interactive developer environment, the JBoss Developer Studio. JBoss EAP 7 is designed specifically for cloud applications. When used with Red Hat's OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service, JBoss EAP 7 supports containers, load balancing, elastic scaling, health monitoring and deployment to containers directly from the IDE, to improve developer productivity.

"We very much see EAP 7 as a bridge between legacy platforms and the new world of cloud native applications and microservices," Rich Sharples, Red Hat senior director of product management, middleware business unit, tells Light Reading.

Red Hat also introduced the JBoss Core Services Collection of application components designed to extend existing applications to a cloud-native platform. The collection includes modules for web single sign-on, HTTP load balancing, proxying, as well as managing and monitoring capabilities for applications and services.

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"People can use JBoss EAP 7 to move workloads to cloud and cloud native architectures, decomposing applications to microservices, automating DevOps, and delivering the kind of agility and speed that applications need," Sharples says.

JBoss competes with other Java application server vendors, including Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL) and IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM). Red Hat says it has more than 1,100 ISV applications and products bundled with Red Hat's middleware, with more than 400 consulting and systems integration partners, including most of the leading global integrators, the company says. These partners include IBM, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), and other Java vendors working to make Java and Java Enterprise Edition more amenable to cloud deployment, Sharples says.

Red Hat last week announced it is buying 3Scale, to add a piece to its strategy of building a complete enterprise application stack. (See Red Hat Buys 3Scale for API Management.)

— Mitch Wagner, Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profile, Editor, Light Reading Enterprise Cloud.

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