RALEIGH, N.C. — JBoss, the recently acquired middleware developer acquired by Red Hat, will partner with international information technology firm Bull to help spread acceptance of open source software.

The deal also creates a bridge between the JBoss and ObjectWeb open source communities.

eweek hailed the deal as a breakthrough.

“Some might call it the French Connection, and others might call it the falling of a wall, but the agreement between JBoss and the ObjectWeb consortium to collaborate on open-source technology is a breakthrough in the middleware world,” wrote Darryl Taft for eweek.

The companies announced their partnership at a JBoss trade show in Berlin. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Bull, which uses as its slogan “Architect of an Open World,” was already a development partner with Red Hat. The deal is the first major European alliance for JBoss, which is based in Atlanta.

The JBoss-Bull alliance will focus on interoperability, integration and support opportunities.

Also, Bull will become a contributor to the JBoss server software community. Bull already works with other open source projects such as Apache and Eclipse. Bull also co-founded the ObjectWeb consortium.
JBoss’ enterprise middleware solution will also be added to systems integration services offered by Bull. Bull will sell subscriptions to JBoss services and provide customer support.

Additionally, the companies will work to offer interoperability between JBoss and ObjectWeb.

“For years, Bull proved as a leading open source software integrator and contributor to numerous communities,” said JP Barbéris, general manager of Bull Services and Solutions. “By adding to our long term commitment to ObjectWeb a strategic partnership with JBoss, we enforce the cross-fertilization and interoperability of open source middleware developments.”

Red Hat, meanwhile, will expand its involvement in ObjectWeb development.

“We welcome Bull into the JBoss community and look forward to many contributions from them, particularly in the areas of security and business process management,” said Marc Fleury, senior vice president and general manager of the JBoss division for Red Hat. He also founded JBoss.

“Our planned interoperability work underscores Red Hat’s focus on driving customer value through a flexible, standards-based, open source (service oriented architecture) platform, which we believe offers customers a more extensive choice of technology,” he added.

Service oriented architecture, or SOA, encourages system interoperability and offers software applications independent of a specific platform or technology.

Bull maintains a presence in more than 100 countries. Its headquarters is located near Paris.

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