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ZDNet Talks with JBoss's Marc Fleury

Quoting from ZDNet

A dozen years ago, big-thinking mavericks and contrarian entrepreneurs practically littered the software landscape. But when the big IPO money of the 1990s came and went, came and went, so too did many of the colorful and irreverent software chieftains, often replaced by monkey-suited bureaucrats who guardedly minced each and every word.

Fortunately JBoss's Marc Fleury arrived on the open source and Java scenes a few years back, willing — no, eager (and proud of it) — to buck software development convention, mess up some hair on both sides of the open source aisle, speak freely (at no charge), and demonstrate that viral adoption and low-cost application runtimes can drive innovation … as well as turn a profit.

JBoss's impact has been huge: Large commercial software vendors profess to love (some) open source as never before, while gleefully seeking ways to "pull a JBoss" on their fast-commoditizing competitors. Services and subscription models are all the rage. Consultants daily try and build (and sell?) a business like JBoss did.

So now that the acquisition of JBoss by Red Hat is nearly complete, it seemed a good idea to see if Marc has mellowed. More importantly, it is time to try and factor how impactful the JBoss-Red Hat associated arsenal will be for the general software industry — to see if we are emerging from an era of accidental OSS empires, or actually remain on a long trail to disruptive new software economics up and down the SOA stack.


Virtualization has many uses and even definitions. How does virtualization make your stack(s) more competitive? How do you see the use of Xen being adopted in the market?
Virtualization at the OS layers makes a lot of sense.  There are many scenarios we deal with at the middleware layer that are in fact better handled by the OS layers.  Other scenarios, specifically those that include stateful execution, usually demand some context understanding that is held in the middleware layers. Clustering at the middleware layer and virtualization at the OS layers is what we will pursue.  There could be places where OS and MW collaborate for better clustering, but we are not aware of these today. It's equally important to remember that JEMS is written in Java so we don't target native APIs.

Read the entire interview, here.


Published Wednesday, May 31, 2006 6:11 AM by David Marshall
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