As expected, Red Hat Inc. announced Tuesday at LinuxWorld in San Francisco the availability of its Java 2 Enterprise Edition application server.
Open-source J2EE servers for Linux from companies such as JBoss Inc. have long been available. However, Red Hat’s application server entry, RHAS (Red Hat Application Server), marks the first time a major Linux operating system vendor has announced its own J2EE application server. This pairing of operating system and J2EE server has long been a staple for IBM and Sun Microsystems Inc.
“Customers have been asking for an open-source application server that is fully interoperable with existing J2EE vendors so that they can leverage open source where possible while protecting legacy investments,” said Paul Cormier, executive vice president of engineering at Red Hat. “The open-source Web and Java communities are flourishing and expanding, with organizations such as Apache, ObjectWeb and Eclipse driving the innovation. The application server was a natural next step for open source.”
News source: eWeek