Red Hat's JBoss division has big plans for the future. Fortunately, it's not squandering its development pool to get there.
JBoss was always an ambitious project and company. It would appear that not much has changed now that JBoss is a division within Red Hat, as Red Hat announced today its intention to push JBoss into 50 percent of enterprise middleware workloads by 2015. This isn't 50 percent of all installed middleware, but rather than half of every new enterprise middleware deployments in 2015 will be JBoss.
That's pretty impressive, even if only aspirational at this point.
Much more interesting to me than this marketing aspiration (as this really is all such a number can be at this point, given that we're eight years away from being able to measure the claim) is the fact that the JBoss development team is still intact. For Red Hat to reach its ambitions, it has to retain good employees that contribute to that vision, and specifically the developers who lead and develop the projects.
During Red Hat's press conference on JBoss today, therefore, I asked if the reported JBoss defections had hurt JBoss' momentum.… Read more