Bull and JBoss strategic partnership
What is being announced?
Bull and JBoss announce today a multi-dimensional strategic agreement to increase open source innovation, interoperability, integration, delivery, and support capabilities.
Under this agreement, Bull becomes a contributor to the JBoss community, following the same collaborative strategy it takes with other communities such as the ObjectWeb consortium, Apache and Eclipse. Bull will add the JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite (JEMS) to its portfolio of open source solutions, known as “Open Energy”, and will be recognized by JBoss as a strategic SI partner.
As part of the agreement, Red Hat will strengthen its involvement with ObjectWeb, including working closely with Bull on the future development and extension of ObjectWeb, codenamed ObjectWeb v2. In addition, Bull will work on interoperability between the JBoss community and the ObjectWeb consortium.
How is this partnership unique in Europe?
Bull becomes JBoss’ first strategic partnership in Europe to include open source research and development collaboration.
As a result, Bull will be the only company in Europe jointly offering innovation, integration, delivery, and support capabilities on JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite.
What is the benefit of this agreement for customers?
From a user perspective, this partnership will strengthen the opportunities to benefit from interoperable, powerful and robust SOA-based applications, with all the freedom of choice, low cost, and flexibility brought by open source software. Enterprises will further benefit from interoperability and cross-fertilization between ObjectWeb and JBoss, the two most prominent open source middleware communities.
With Bull “Open energy” offer, enterprises will benefit from a unique capacity on the European market to integrate, deliver and support flexible, interoperable SOA-based business applications to drive next-generation computing.
In which domains will Bull contribute to the JBoss community?
As well as they contribute to several communities such as ObjectWeb, Apache or Eclipse, Bull R&D teams will contribute to JBoss.
JBoss projects will benefit from Bull’s expertise especially in security and business process management (BPM). Specifically, Bull engineers will participate in the JBoss jBPM project and lead the BPEL (Business Process Execution Language) project as a starting point.
Does Bull maintain its commitment on ObjectWeb projects, such as JOnAS, Bonita or Orchestra?
Yes. As Architect of an Open World, Bull contributes simultaneously to different communities, to foster innovation, cross-fertilization and interoperability.
As a co-founder of ObjectWeb, and a large user of the JOnAS Application Server, Bull reaffirms its commitment to projects such as JOnAS (the open application server project led by Bull), Bonita (workflow software), Orchestra and others.
Specifically on JOnAS, Bull is delighted to see the number of contributors growing regularly, such as recently with China’s OrientWare and Brazil’s UNIFOR. Bull will continue to participate in JOnAS’ success worldwide, not only working on the next JOnAS generations (such as JOnAS 5 in 2007) with the same level of commitment the group took years ago, but also providing support and services to JOnAS users. As a member of both communities, Bull will also work on interoperability between ObjectWeb and JBoss solutions, to extend the breadth of both ecosystems.
How will Bull and Red Hat collaborate for ObjectWeb development?
For years, Bull has been a strong advocate, contributor, integrator and user of open source software, and is actively contributing to many large communities. It is with this vision that Bull co-founded ObjectWeb in 2002, and has actively contributed to its successful development as one of the leading OSS consortiums worldwide it is today, with 4000 developers, 70 corporate members, and more than 100 projects.
As part of its agreement with Bull, Red Hat will strengthen its involvement with ObjectWeb, including working closely with Bull on the future development and extension of ObjectWeb, codenamed ObjectWeb v2. In addition, Bull will work on interoperability between the JBoss community and the ObjectWeb consortium. By bridging the two most prominent open source middleware communities, this partnership will result in greater OSS middleware momentum and dynamics.