Red Hat JBoss dons Black Tie to target BEA Tuxedo

Red Hat has unveiled a JBoss middleware project aimed at displacing BEA's Tuxedo transaction-monitoring engine, which has a significant legacy install base.

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Red Hat has unveiled a JBoss middleware project aimed at displacing BEA's Tuxedo transaction-monitoring engine, which has a significant legacy install base.

At its JBoss World conference in Orlando, Red Hat launched JBoss BlackTie, a project for integrating Java and legacy-based distributed transaction-processing environments.

The new product will complement and extend the current JBoss transaction-monitor project, JBoss.org Transactions, through the addition of C, C++ and mainframe-compatible transaction capabilities, according to Red Hat.

JBoss, the open-source middleware company purchased by Red Hat in April 2006, already had built its reputation by commoditising the Java-based application server market once dominated by BEA's WebLogic, which soon will become an Oracle product once the software vendor completes its purchase of BEA.

Now JBoss aims to go after the Tuxedo install base, which Sacha Labourey, vice president of engineering middleware at Red Hat JBoss, said represents "tens of millions" of dollars in revenue opportunity. "BlackTie is about helping companies migrate away from one of the key legacy lock-ins out there, Tuxedo," he said.

The BlackTie project will focus on building technology that can emulate transaction-processing monitor application programming interfaces, such as the ones for Tuxedo, and can provide open-source legacy services such as security, naming, clustering and transactions.

According to Red Hat, the project is aimed at giving enterprise users the opportunity to easily integrate their C, C++ and mainframe applications into JBoss Java-based environments.

Code for the BlackTie project will be available in about 60 days. Eventually, Red Hat will offer its own enterprise version of both BlackTie and the JBoss Transactions projects.

Red Hat has been trying to integrate the JBoss Java-based middleware with its Linux business to become a multi-product company.

In addition to BlackTie, Red Hat also Thursday unveiled the global availability of its JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform, which originally was expected to be available by the end of last year.

 
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