Next gen JBoss platforms tailored for the cloud

Red Hat announced at its annual summit early access code of its next gen JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 and brand new JBoss Enterprise Data Grid 6, both designed to support cloud deployment

Red Hat announced at its summit today early access to its next generation application platform and brand new enterprise data grid -- both tuned for the cloud.

The JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6, which is expected to be made generally available in early 2012, offers support for Java Enterprise Edition 6 and the creation of Platform-As-A-Service (Paas)-ready platforms.

Both of these capabilities make the application platform suitable for cloud as well as traditional computing environments, the company announced.

JEE6 incorporates Contexts and Dependency Injection (CDI) technologies, which will allow for more flexible developer frameworks.

The enhanced application platform also enables both PaaS-ready platforms and on-premise deployments and simplifies the management of servers, "regardless of where they are deployed,"Red Hat announced.

Similarly, Red Hat announced early access to a new data services platform that will ease the deployment of JBoss applications on multiple deployment platforms -- including clouds and smartphones.

The JBoss Enterprise Data Grid 6, based on the open source Infinispan project, is a cloud-optimized and scalable data cache that delivers more flexibility and agility for PaaS environments.

It is part of Red Hat's plan to develop a next gen middleware platform and an open source distributed service fabric that enables customers to deploy applications in the cloud.

During his keynote at JBoss World today, Red HatMiddleware Engineering Director Mark Little said the company has spent the last 18 to 24 months improving the JBoss footprint and simplifying development frameworks to enable the development of complex enterprise applications for any platform environment including pads and tablets and smartphones.

"Ultimately, we'll have some kind of solution that can span a range of deployments," he said. "We may develop a run-time fabric and device specific interfaces on it, all built on a modular servie container."

He noted that middleware will live on beyond the server realm. "Enterprise middleware remains important across these new deployment environments," Little said after a brief demo of the code.

Both are available as early access code.