Red Hat continued to move up and down the enterprise operating stack after its middleware became available on Dell PowerEdge servers.
IT departments will now be able to choose either a Windows or Linux operating system when buying Dell hardware, and then combine that with either the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform or the Red Hat Application Stack.
However, one industry analyst says these are no longer strategic decisions. "It doesn't really matter which one you go with. Both are open standard compliant, and both are in the open source space," commented Josh Greenbaum, principal analyst at Enterprise Applications Consulting.
According to Greenbaum, this announcement really means that Red Hat is having trouble deciding which horse to run with.
On the plus side, the ability to mix Windows and an open source application server stack would give IT more flexibility and expand the amount of choice in using Windows while running JBoss server compliant applications. While it may no longer be a strategic decision, said Greenbaum, it did take an issue off the table.
The Dell and Red Hat offering will come in three versions. The first is a JBoss Enterprise Application Platform that combines the JBoss Application Server along with Hibernate and JBoss Seam with Dell hardware, plus a choice of Linux or Windows. According to Dell officials this offering simplified the development, deployment and manageability of Java applications on any operating system.
A second offering, Web Application, combines the Red Hat Application Stack, which includes JBoss Enterprise Application Platform and Enterprise Linux with Dell hardware. This choice is targeted at those running Java or LAMP (Linux Apache, MySQL, Pearl or Python) applications.
Finally, Web Edge combines Red Hat enterprise Linux and Dell hardware and is advantageous for such purposes as Web serving with Apache. Availability and pricing were not announced.
Red Hat also stands to face fiercer competition from IBM and Novell, which have just strengthened their partnership. It has also admitted that its global SME desktop has been delayed until next month.
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