Red Hat announced this week details for the next phase of its application platform strategy, including plans to enable broader developer access to the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform product.

The strategy aims to enable tighter collaboration between the global communities of Red Hat engineers, project contributors, customers and partners, allowing the open source technology to evolve more rapidly to meet the needs of developers and those deploying business applications, whether on-premises, in the cloud or both.

Red Hat said it’s continuing to drive the industry from the proprietary, monolithic application server architectures of the past to a more dynamic, cloud-enabled service environment that supports public, private and hybrid clouds.

Red Hat is collaborating with 10gen, a leader in the NoSQL movement with its open source MongoDB database, to create what it calls the next generation of “data-powered” applications and establish consistent frameworks to increase the scalability and reliability of the next generation of cloud and mobile applications. Red Hat and 10gen have collaborated on Red Hat’s OpenShift PaaS since it launched in May 2011.

JBoss Enterprise Application Platform is also providing the benefits of a cloud-enabled service fabric to additional languages and frameworks such as Ruby, Clojure, Ceylon, Scala and the Spring Framework, Red Hat says, allowing developers to choose the most appropriate language or framework while still being able to leverage the performance, advanced management and scalability of the Java Virtual Machine.

“Red Hat remains committed to the community and customers, providing continued support for existing enterprise Java standards, while also driving new standards that will allow customers to migrate and adopt the technology at their own pace,” Rich Sharples, director of product management at Red Hat, said in a statement. “It’s an exciting change and we see it as an opportunity for both Red Hat and the broader development community to respond to and lead the charge in this new era of application development.”


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