JBoss (company)

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JBoss (company)
Industry open-source middleware software
Fate Merged
Successor(s) Red Hat, Inc.
Founded 2004
Defunct April 2006
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia
Key people Marc Fleury, founder.

Enterprise Platforms

  • Application Platform
  • Web Platform
  • Web Server
  • Communications Platform
  • Portal Platform
  • SOA Platform
  • Business Rules Management System (BRMS)
  • Data Services

Enterprise Frameworks


  • Operations Network

Development Tools

JBoss, a division of Red Hat, Inc., specializes in writing and supporting open-source middleware software.

The organization profits from a service-based business model. JBoss employs a professional open-source business model[1] where the core developers of projects make a living and offer their services. A network of programmers develops and supports JBoss as an open-source project.


Marc Fleury started the JBoss project in 1999 in order to advance his research interests in middleware. JBoss Group, LLC was incorporated in 2001 in Atlanta, Georgia. JBoss became a corporation under the name JBoss, Inc. in 2004. It was a C corporation headquartered in Atlanta, GA which owned the copyright and trademarks associated with JBoss.

In early 2006 Oracle Corporation, a major distributor of database software, had sought to buy JBoss Inc. for an estimated $400 million. The acquisition would have enabled Oracle to compete with rivals BEA Systems and IBM in the middleware market (Oracle eventually acquired BEA in April 2008). On April 10, 2006, however, Red Hat announced that they would buy JBoss for $420 million.[2] The acquisition was completed in June 2006.[3]


JBoss as a division of Red Hat, Inc. integrates and hardens the latest enterprise-ready features from JBoss community projects into supported, stable, enterprise-class middleware distributions.

The JBoss Enterprise Middleware portfolio of products includes:

  • Enterprise Application Platform - enhances JBoss Application Server to provide a complete solution for Java applications.
  • Enterprise Web Platform - a lightweight platform for building light and rich Java applications
  • Enterprise Web Server - a single solution for large scale websites and simple web applications.
  • Enterprise Communications Platform - a development platform for the telecommunications industry.
  • Enterprise Portal Platform - to build and deploy portals for SOA user interaction and personalized presentation.
  • SOA Platform - integrates applications and orchestrates services to automate business processes in a service-oriented architecture.
  • Business Rules Management System (BRMS) - enables business policy and rules development, access, and change management.
  • Data Services - a management system to work with data across diverse systems
  • JBoss Hibernate - industry-leading[citation needed] O/R mapping and persistence
  • JBoss Seam - for simplifying web 2.0 application development
  • JBoss Web Framework Kit - for building light and rich Java applications
  • JBoss Operations Network - a customizable management-platform for JBoss deployments
  • JBoss Developer Studio - offers developers an environment for building rich web applications, transactional enterprise applications, and SOA-based integration applications.
  • JBoss RichFaces - adding Ajax capabilities to the JavaServer Faces web application framework.


  1. ^ "Professional Open Source, JBoss VP Speaks". CMSWire. 2004-03-02. Retrieved 2009-05-09. "In his post he uses the term “Professional Open Source” and addresses some of the common questions coming from the JBoss community." 
  2. ^ "Red Hat Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire JBoss". Red Hat. 2006-04-10. Retrieved 2007-03-22. "Open source leaders agree to join to drive down the cost of developing and deploying web-enabled applications" 
  3. ^ "Red Hat Completes Acquisition of JBoss". Red Hat. 2006-06-05. Retrieved 2007-03-22. "Open source leader enables a low-cost path to service-oriented architectures" 

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