Red Hat Expands Cloud, Big Data Capabilities With JBoss Release

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Red Hat is shipping a new release of its open-source JBoss application server that the company said sports a new cloud-ready architecture that makes it easier to develop and deploy public and private cloud systems.

The company also debuted JBoss Data Grid, an in-memory data management system for tackling big data processing tasks.

"JBoss Enterprise Application Platform [EAP] 6 is really a major milestone for us," said Craig Muzilla, Red Hat vice president and general manager of the middleware business unit, in a Web broadcast. "This was designed from the ground up to be cloud-ready and to support cloud deployments."

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The updated architecture of the JBoss EAP 6 release makes it easier to develop and deploy applications on-premise and in private and public clouds, according to the Raleigh, N.C., company. The platform also offers enhanced abilities to programmatically manage applications and automate application deployment processes.

JBoss EAP 6 supports multicore servers and virtualized environments. Its middleware components have been updated for improved integration with more community development tool projects. And it supports the Java Enterprise Edition 6 development framework.

"We've reduced the cost of application development and deployment," Muzilla said of the software. "It provides a high degree of automation and abstraction."

JBoss EAP 6 is the runtime engine that drives Java workloads in Red Hat OpenShift, the company's Platform-as-a-Service system.

Also generally available now is the Red Hat JBoss Data Grid 6 software, which Muzilla described as the vendor's "big data solution." Based on the JBoss Community Infinispan project, Data Grid 6 is used to implement large, transactionally aware data grid systems and helps businesses more easily scale application development for big data tasks.

JBoss Data Grid 6 makes it easier for IT organizations to add NoSQL capabilities to their development projects and reduce their need for relational database software, Red Hat said.

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