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03/23/2010

JBoss Takes on SpringSource with Open Choice Trio

Using reality as a blueprint for their application server strategy, Redhat announced today the third in a trio of Open Choice application server products.  Recognizing that many development shops are not EJB-only or Spring-only, Redhat/JBoss is taking the stance that developers should be able to use whatever framework they want in their application server containers and that Redhat has something for everyone..

The three products in JBoss Open Choice comprise the JBoss Enterprise Web Server, the JBoss Enterprise Web Platform, and the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform.

The JBoss Enterprise Web Server is geared towards "traditional" web applications.  Some jsp's, servlets, perhaps some database driven content.  Stuff that Tomcat has been generating on the web for ever.

The newly announced JBoss Enterprise Web Platform is an implementation of the J6EE Web profile.  This will be those applications that utilizing JSF, CDI, JTA, JPA2, etc. 

Finally the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform is Redhat's J6EE "everything plus the kitchen sink" application server. 

All in all, from a strategic standpoint, this is actually a pretty solid offering.  It's not especially sexy enough to provide amateur muckrakers like this guy with more fodder to write about his imaginative SpringSource vs. Everyone war but they do seem to be providing something for everyone.

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