Red Hat Summit: Tuesday Recap

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Tuesday was the first official day of Red Hat Summit. (DevNation started on Monday.) There is a lot going on in middleware, down a lot of different tracks — application development, business automation, integration. Tuesday had an overall focus on containers; for middleware, that means that most of the sessions related to Red Hat Enterprise Application Platform 7 and how it works in cloud and container environments.

Don’t forget to check the Middelware Guide to Loving Summit for session highlights for each day and for social media channels to watch for live tweeting and general commentary.

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JBoss EAP 7 Fast and Sporty: The Cash / Car Giveaway

Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 7 is small, agile, fast, and fits easily in appropriately-sized containers. There are a number of ways we’re showing our pride for the JBoss EAP 7 launch here at Summit, but one of the coolest is the cash / car giveaway, with a Mini Cooper S convertible, tucked inside a custom container.

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Starting today, Red Hat Summit attendees can enter a drawing to win an amount of cash equivalent to the price of the Mini Cooper S convertible ($24,950 as of June 1, 2016). Tablets to sign up are located at various JBoss booths in the Partner Pavilion of Moscone West. The drawing will be held Wednesday evening, so don’t delay.

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There are the normal restrictions: no Red Hat employees or friends and relatives of employees, and you do have to be a Red Hat Summit attendee to be eligible. The full contest terms and conditions are on the Red Hat website: 

https://www.redhat.com/files/resources/car-giveaway-contest-terms-conditions.pdf.

Good luck.

Red Hat Summit: Monday Recap

Yesterday was an incredibly exciting day at the DevNation general session. Two major things occurred (out of half a dozen things) related to middleware at Red Hat:

I summarized those two announcements with some thoughts on how they show the evolution and resilience of Java on LinkedIn. Read the whole thing, as they say.

Other highlights from Monday’s DevNation:

There’s a new photo album on the Middleware Facebook page, too, capturing a lot of moments from this week.

A Middleware Guide to Loving Red Hat Summit

Red Hat Summit and DevNation are this week in San Francisco. There will be over 200 sessions and labs, along with exhibits and demos in the pavilion, partner presentations, coding events, and (of course) contests and swag.

Take a tour of the red carpet.

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It can be hard to keep track of everything, so this is something of a cheatsheet to sessions and social media sites that have a running commentary on what’s what.

Session Lists and Recommendations

Social Media Sites to Follow

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MicroProfile – Collaborating to bring Microservices to Enterprise Java

This post was originally published at Red Hat Developers.

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Today at the DevNation conference in San Francisco, Red Hat’s Mark Little was joined on-stage by Alasdair Nottingham from IBM, Theresa Nguyen from Tomitribe, Mike Croft from Payara and Martijn Verburg from the London Java Community to announce a new community collaboration – MicroProfile – whose goal is to make it easier for developers to use familiar Java EE technologies and APIs for building microservice applications.

Mark talked about some of the reasons Java EE has established itself as the dominant standard for companies building business-critical multi-tier enterprise applications, including :

  • An open standard platform that enables vendors to compete on implementation, price, or business model
  • A collaborative standard and process that is driven by many vendors and individual developers rather than a single vendor
  • Consistent and holistic vision for all architectural tiers of the application
  • A strong focus on adherence to the standard and compatibility between vendor implementations and versions of the specifications

As organizations start to think about the next generation of those business-critical applications, many of them are likely thinking about cloud-native, Linux containers and microservices, and how they evolve by using the technologies and skills they already have.

Red Hat, IBM, Payara, Tomitribe and the London Java Community believe that Enterprise Java is a solid foundation on which to build the next generation of applications and the MicroProfile (which may ultimately become a submission for a standard specification) can make it easier and provide portability between vendor’s implementations. The first release of the MicroProfile is expected to be available in September, with Red Hat’s implementation to be based on WildFly Swarm.

Red Hat continues to support those in the Enterprise Java community that are working hard to move Enterprise Java forward by pushing ahead on the evolution of Java EE. To emphasize this point, Red Hat has underlined its support for Java EE 8 and is committed to finishing the JSRs it leads, like CDI 2.0, and any necessary enhancements to Bean Validation while it also invests in the MicroProfile. We see synergy between the current Enterprise Java community efforts and the newly announced MicroProfile, which is born out of the same Enterprise Java community. To us it’s clear that the Enterprise Java community is forging ahead.

Red Hat understands that Enterprise Java has been successful for almost two decades thanks to the community collaboration that drove its evolution. Please join and participate in the MicroProfile effort and let’s all take the next step forward by cooperatively innovating to bring the microservice architecture to Enterprise Java.

Continuous Delivery to JBoss EAP and OpenShift with the CloudBees Jenkins Platform

If you are using JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP) for J2EE development, the CloudBees Jenkins Platform provides an enterprise-class toolchain for an automated CI/CD from development to production.

The CloudBees Jenkins Platform now supports integrations with both Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP) and Red Hat OpenShift across the software delivery pipeline. This enables developers to build, test and deploy applications, with Jenkins-based continuous delivery pipelines in JBoss via JBoss EAP 7 or JBoss EAP 7 on OpenShift.  

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JBoss EAP 7: An Enterprise-Grade Microservice Platform

Cross-posted from the Shadow-Soft blog.

As we move closer and closer to Red Hat Summit, so does the anticipated full GA release of JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP) 7.  For those of you who are unaware, JBoss EAP is the market leading commercially supported open source Java EE application server.  Over the last decade, JBoss has come a long way in terms of improving performance as well as truly innovating in regards to the way applications run and are managed.  With the release of EAP 7 comes a host of new features including full support of Java EE 7 and Java SE 8.

With the growing interest of Linux containers and the rising usage of Docker globally, Red Hat aimed to redesign EAP 7 to feature an extremely low-memory footprint for high density deployments.  Furthermore, EAP 7 has also been upgraded to reduce start-up time and optimize networking port utilization making it truly ideal for running within Linux containers.  Most importantly though, we at Shadow-Soft are truly excited about the latest JBoss sub-project, Wildfly Swarm.

Wildfly Swarm helps fit EAP into a containerized world by enabling end-users to package Java EE application with just enough WildFly (The upstream project of JBoss EAP) components into a single standalone jar file.  That’s right, you’ll be able to run your application as “java -jar myapp.jar”  making deployments far more simplistic and small than previously possible.  This empowers you to selectively choose the features you want included within your deployment.  This may seem a bit odd to traditional Middleware administrators, but this type of packaging fits perfectly into a Microservice architecture where applications & services are automatically being dispersed across a one or multiple data centers.  If you’re interested in learning more about the latest technology, contact us today.

Gain Competitive Advantage and Engage Customers with EDB Postgres and Red Hat JBoss

The world is experiencing the greatest information explosion in history:

  • 90% of the world’s data was created in the last five years, and most of it is unstructured. The volume, velocity, and variety of data are unprecedented.
  • Gartner says by 2020, 25 billion connected things will be generating data 24x7x365.

This incredible expansion in the volume, velocity, and variety of data is the engine driving the torrid pace of innovation that we experience today. Companies everywhere strive to understand more about their customers through data, and are then trying to use that data to better service their needs.  This data, when coupled with analytics and new applications that can be developed quickly and then easily updated, drives competitive advantage. Enterprises that harness the power of this data with new applications better and faster than their competitors will lead their industries.

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Announcing JBoss EAP 7

Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 7 is here.

This is a significant new release. There are the obvious benefits — Java EE 7 certification, numerous bug fixes, a simplified and more intuitive administrative UI — but there are a lot of features just under the hood that really make JBoss EAP 7 a pathway for IT departments and app developers to move their projects forward.

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Agility and Transformation

There are a lot of buzzwords and think-pieces on changes in IT, like bimodal development, microservices, DevOps, digital transformation, big data, Internet of Things.

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Let JBoss partners do the talking

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As a continuation of my last blog (“Thank you JBoss partners”) I’d like to summarize some  contributions that some of our partners have done to the 10th anniversary of JBoss in the Red Hat family, as well as to the launch activities of JBoss EAP 7. You can see additional information and partner quotes in the EAP7 partner ecosystem press release.

Digital Competitive Advantage and a Higher Level of Customer Engagement with EDB Postgres and Red Hat JBoss

An example of how ISVs trust JBoss EAP in the new world of digital transformation is EnterpriseDB. Pierre Fricke, Vice President of Product Marketing and long-time JBoss veteran, explains in his guest blog how “EDB Postgres and Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform together provide deployment flexibility to deliver a total application and data platform that transforms IT and drives digital business.”

Continuous Delivery to JBoss EAP and OpenShift with the CloudBees Jenkins Platform

The CloudBees Jenkins Platform now supports integrations with both Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP) and Red Hat OpenShift across the software delivery pipeline. In this guest blog Cloudbees shares examples of how these enable developers to build, test and deploy applications, with Jenkins-based continuous delivery pipelines in JBoss via JBoss EAP 7 or JBoss EAP 7 on OpenShift.

JBoss EAP 7: The 7 New Features You Need to Know About!

Farhan Hussain from OpenSource Architect describes in this guest blog some of the key contributions of EAP7. Implementation of the Java EE 7 specifications that provide stability and standardization. Enhanced Management and Security. A Consistent and Easy to Manage Load Balancer. Rolling Upgrades To Minimize Downtime. An Offline CLI for Security and Initial Setup. Enhanced Modularity. You name it!

How akquinet approaches IoT with JBoss EAP7 and ActiveMQ Artemis

The new EAP7  messaging subsystem is based on the unified messaging technology for Red Hat products, Apache ActiveMQ Artemis. Heinz Wilming from akquinet presents in this blog an example of an architecture and technology stack where JBoss EAP7 and ActiveMQ Artemis are combined to face some of the challenges of IoT solutions.

JBoss EAP 7 and NoSQL using Java EE and Docker

For those that zero in on NoSQL and from a more technical perspective, Arun Gupta from Couchbase shares a guide to get started with NoSQL with JBoss EAP 7.

JBoss EAP 7: An Enterprise-Grade Microservice Platform

Derrick Sutherland from Shadow-Soft shares in this guest blog how JBoss has come a long way in terms of improving performance as well as truly innovating in regards to the way applications run and are managed. Among other, an extremely low-memory footprint for high density deployments, reduced start-up time or optimized networking port utilization, ideal for running within linux containers.

In addition some others sent us their thoughts!

Jun Tanaka, director and CTO, WingArc1st, Inc.

WingArc1st SVF is installed in more than 18,000 companies as an enterprise printing platform, which supports mission critical operations in financial, public, manufacturing, retail, logistic and services industry. An enterprise printing platform needs to be highly reliable, stable and provide high performance for seamless operations. WingArc1st believes that Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss EAP7 are the important platforms for SVF.

Hiroyuki Yamamoto, director, monoplus, Inc.

With the rise in data and services, the performance and quality of ICT infrastructure is becoming more and more critical. As business environments continue to evolve, we believe that Red Hat JBoss Middleware can seamlessly contribute and support in the integration, co-operation and collaboration within businesses. With this strong support, monoplus hopes to provide a solution that connects customers’ mission critical systems and ICT infrastructure using JBoss EAP 7 and JBoss Fuse.

Hisanao Takei, senior executive officer and general manager, ProActive Business Solutions Div.

SCSK welcomes the JBoss EAP 7 release. ProActive E2 is an ERP package solution that has been installed in more than 5,500 companies in Japan. ProActive E2 supports companies with quick decision-making based on consolidated business process and centralized managed data. SCSK chose JBoss EAP 7 as their platform to meet their needs of open source software. SCSK thinks JBoss EAP 7 is the best choice that customers want for building open and standard infrastructure and especially expects system TCO reduction for virtual and cloud environment.

Regis Kuzel Sr. VP of Business Development Sales, LCN Services

LCN is a trusted advisor to our customers. They appreciate our knowledge, expertise and especially how unbiased we are when it comes to recommending the right technology to meet their requirements. When it comes to making a decision on which Application Platform to run your mission critical and customer-facing applications, it’s more important than ever. IT requirements are changing. The need to be well informed and seek expert advice is critical in order to make the right decisions for your organization. For LCN, the bottom line is you can’t do better than Red Hat’s EAP7. It’s a well thought out platform. And it’s gaining market share because it works! Red Hat EAP7 is the best technology available at its core!

Ivan Cardona, owner, Opticca

We’ve been been deploying middleware, SOA, and BPM platforms from the major providers for the past eight years. We’ve recently made a large investment In Red Hat’s JBoss solutions because our customers’ feedback led us to conclude open source is now a real option. Our customers experienced tremendous success deploying services and business processes leveraging these platforms. The challenge they face is the solutions are too expensive to scale further and/or many find the platform overhead is too heavy. Red Hat’s Jboss solutions directly address those two concerns. For this reason we are very bullish on Red Hat’s ability to gain a substantial portion of the middleware, BPM, container, and micro services market.

Matt Pavlovich, Co-Founder and Technical Practice Lead, Media Driver

The release of EAP7 brings an exciting array of new features and capabilities to Enterprise Developers. EAP7 is the defacto standard for the Java EE 7 specification running on the Java 8 JDK and Media Driver is excited about the latest features available to developers. Having all the key Java specifications certified to work together allows developers to be more efficient by focusing their time on delivering business value versus fiddling with tech stacks. Whether it is deployed on-premise, in the cloud or via containers, EAP7’s deployment flexibility ensures DevOps teams will not have to navigate tricky hurdles to get their environments up and running quickly. Enterprise grade features with flexible support options make JBoss EAP7 an easy decision.

Farhan Hussain, Founder and CEO, Open Source Architect

As a leading Red Hat partner with hundreds of successful JBoss implementations in the books, JBoss EAP 7 is going to be a very important release for our comprehensive portfolio of Red Hat solutions and services. Consistent customer success is the force that drives us to say with confidence that Red Hat’s JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP) is the *only* choice for organizations seeking an open source, market-leading Java EE application platform. This new platform will help us provide reliable, cost-efficient and high-performing container-based solutions for on-site and cloud deployments, while enabling our joint customers to innovate and meet strict compliance, security, and regulatory requirements simultaneously!

Bob and Kathy Cartwright, owners, Dimension Systems

JBoss EAP7 support of Java EE7 allows customers the flexibility to meet their requirements without restrictions. Dimension Systems sees the value in Red Hat being a leader in this front. EAP 7 is bringing an updated manage console which will improve the user interface experience. Ease of navigation and support for large scale domain configurations is a big customer win.

Again, thank you Red Hat partners. You made our decade.

And for those that are still not in the ecosystem, please join us. We’re here to help you grow.