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The Other Side of Red Hat � an interview with Craig Muzilla

Jul 26, 2011, 01:07 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Linux User & Developer magazine for this link. ]

"The middleware business here has been doing quite well. It's been growing at about double the rate of the Linux business. It's a big growth engine here at Red Hat. We had great strength in all regions last year, including Japan, Brazil, and Latin America. Our goal has been to build out a portfolio of middleware products that would enable us to offer an alternative to proprietary middleware stacks. We're offeirng ourselves as an alternative by enabling companies to standardize on us, or to use us strategically. We've introduced eight major new products in the last couple of years. Now we have high speed messaging, business process management and rules management. We have a portal offering, and a data integrations offering. We've really been building out the portfolio. Some of those are doing quite well, in particular the integration products.

"The nature of the deals has changed too. Look at four years ago. It was primarily about application servers. JBoss was usually used pretty tactically, for Web-based applications and non-mission critical applicaitons. Now companies have gotten more secure, and they feel more comfortable with JBoss. The number of companies that have migrated completely is lengthy. Nissan and NTT in Japan, Fed Ex, Geico, Verizon, Ing, the New York Stock Exchange; they've all standardized on JBoss now, and use it predominantly in their organizations. They're migrating away from the big guys, the proprietary Java stacks."

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