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RedHat has rejigged its JBoss offerings in a move it reckons will make it the default choice for businesses that have had enough of the proprietary world.

It has also signed a deal to acquire MetaMatrix, which it will integrate into its new JBoss product set.

The firm says until now it has offered JBoss solutions on an "a la carte" basis. But no more. Red Hat knows what you want, and is making its products available as "a set of integrated, tested, and certified JBoss Enterprise Platform distributions for the most common use cases".

The announcement goes on to explain that the idea is to free up the community from the "constraints of the productisation process" so it can focus on innovating instead.

"With many enterprises spending as much as 70 per cent of their IT budget on maintaining stove-piped legacy applications while a backlog of projects continues piling up, it's clear that proprietary application infrastructure vendors have failed to deliver relief for the CIO," said Tim Yeaton, Red Hat's senior VP of enterprise solutions.

Yeaton says Red Hat's new JBoss product sets will make it easier for businesses to update their legacy apps to service oriented architectures (SOA).

The acquisition of MetaMatrix will help, since it will add a layer of "federated data services SOA" for JBoss Enterprise Middleware that will enable data "to be exposed as services for integration, workflow, and business process modelling," the firm says.

Training and certification programmes for the channel will follow in short order. ®

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