Open Source Middleware Measures Up

Red Hat's JBoss Enterprise Middleware solutions have been recognized in two recent analyst reports, putting Open Source options for middleware firmly in the running for enterprise adoption.

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Forrester Research Inc. has included JBoss Enterprise Middleware solutions in its latest report on the application server marketplace. The report, "Application Server Quality: Review Your Assumptions" surveyed application development professionals to determine their perceptions regarding the quality of available application servers.

According to the Forrester report:

  • Red Hat, the parent company of JBoss, registered no 'does not meet expectations' comments from respondents, a notable accomplishment since all other vendors registered at least some negative comments.

  • Only 10% of respondents reported that JBoss Application Server 4.x had introduced new critical bugs the best result among the surveyed major platforms.

  • Eightysix percent of JBoss users are confident that it can handle their largest workloads.

"In our view, the findings of Forrester's latest report highlight the value that JBoss solutions offer to customers," said Craig Muzilla, vice president of Red Hat's Middleware Business Unit, in a statement. "We believe JBoss Enterprise Middleware offers better support, greater customization and more scalability for enterprises than the traditional monolithic middleware solutions."

In April 2008, Red Hat was ranked in the Leader's Quadrant in Gartner, Inc.'s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Servers, 2Q08" for its JBoss Enterprise Application Platform. This report represents Gartner's view of how complete a vendor's vision is in the enterprise application market. In addition, the report gauges a vendor's ability to execute on that vision.

"We believe our evaluation by Gartner in the Leader's Quadrant in the enterprise application server market further emphasizes that open source middleware is ready for the enterprise," said Muzilla, in the statement. "JBoss Enterprise Application Platform is trusted by many leading enterprises as a stable, flexible and secure base for their operations, and is a trusted name in both the open source community and the middleware community as a whole."