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LinuxWorld, San Francisco: Red Hat's Potentially Dangerous App Server Bows

LinuxWorld, San Francisco: Red Hat's Potentially Dangerous App Server Bows

Red Hat has expanded, as expected, beyond the Linux operating system and burrowed into the territory of IBM, BEA and Oracle when it launched its Java Application Server at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo.

The suspicion of course is that the move will do nothing for Red Hat's business with IBM, which can only see Red Hat as starting to encroach on its precious WebSphere business, which is probably why Sun started talking about buying Novell and giving IBM's Linux business no place to hide.

Anyway, Red Hat's app server is based on Jonas (Java Open Application Server), the open source application server from the French non-profit group ObjectWeb Consortium, and comes with support for features in commercial J2EE application servers such as Enterprise Java Beans, JSPs and servlets, web services, pooling, caching and storage optimization, messaging and transaction support, clustering for failover and load balancing.

"The application server was a natural next step for open source," Red Hat's VP of engineering Paul Cormier said.

Red Hat is offering the thing on a subscription basis for $999 a year.

Customers will get app server updates and maintenance through the Red Hat Network just as they do for the operating system.

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David 08/09/04 11:07:05 PM EDT

I thought that Red Hat needs the enterprise software vendors more than they need Red Hat. It would make far more sense for Red Hat to offer added value to thier offerings rather than compete against them. To be brutal, Red Hat will be squashed like a bug if they try to encroach on this territory. They have practically no sales execution capability to speak of.