Red Hat improves container support with enterprise platform upgrade

A stack of colourful containers being built up by a forklift truck

Red Hat has updated its hybrid cloud toolkit, with the launch of the latest version of its JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP).

JBoss EAP 7 is an open source application server, and has been designed by Red Hat to aid enterprises in implementing newer IT practices, including containers and modular cloud deployments.

JBoss EAP 7 now features the Java Enterprise Edition (Jave EE) 7 APIs, and combines them with DevOps testing and build management tools like Jenkins, Arquillian and Maven. Support for various different JavaScript and web programming frameworks is also included.

JBoss EAP 7 has been specifically tailored for cloud use-cases, and Red Hat’s own OpenShift platform in particular. When using EAP 7 in conjunction with OpenShift, customers will get the benefit of load balancing, containers and elastic scaling, among other things.

The product also dovetails with the release of the JBoss Core Services Collection, which provides basic component elements for building business applications. Such as web single sign-on and HTTP load balancing. The product will be thrown in for free with new and existing JBoss Middleware subscriptions.

The news has been well-received by customers, including Swisscom AG’s head of middleware and Linux engineering services, Susan Wood.

“We have been using JBoss EAP since 2012 to support various core business applications, and prefer it for critical environments over any other enterprise application server due to its open source base and the excellent commercial support provided by Red Hat," she said.

“We are enthusiastic about the stability, performance, and ease-of-use of the platform, as well as its simple implementation into our existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux system environment, which have been well-received by numerous teams within Swisscom.”

This also marks the latest step in the IT industry’s rapid adoption of containerisation technologies, as principal RedMonk analyst Stephen O’Grady said.

"With enterprise appetites for containers, clouds and microservices among enterprise Java EE customers on the rise,” he said, “it is imperative that vendors look to offer them and the developers they employ the tools they need to bridge from today to tomorrow.”

Adam Shepherd

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