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JBoss Group Commits to J2EE 1.4 Certification for JBoss Open Source Java Application Server

JBoss Group Commits to J2EE 1.4 Certification for JBoss Open Source Java Application Server

JBoss Group LLC announced this week that it has reached an agreement with Sun Microsystems, Inc. to license the J2EE 1.4 technology compatibility kit to certify the industry's most popular open source, Java-based application server, JBoss. In an exclusive statement to JDJ, JBoss explains their take on certification:

"JBoss Group's commitment to J2EE certification for the JBoss application server is part of our strategy of delivering Professional Open Source, this means making Open Source the "safe" choice for enterprise IT. As JBoss is increasingly used in development and production in large government and corporate IT environments, we recognize the importance of accommodating the level of people in the application server decision-making process, for whom J2EE certification is important. Another driving force in our push for certification has been our software and services partners. Through our JBoss J2EE Founders Program, which includes Borland Software Corporation, IONA, SchlumbergerSema, Sonic Software, Unisys and webMethods, we leverage the larger JBoss community in a testing process that not only involves licensing fees from Sun, but significant staff and system resources to complete over the next six to nine months."

"This moves JBoss into the enterprise server market and reaffirms the strength of the J2EE brand, adding a huge user base and providing an inexpensive development and deployment platform to the list of J2EE products," commented Joseph Ottinger, JDJ's J2EE editor. "This is excellent news; for JBoss users, it means JBoss will have a larger potential market; for developers, it adds an inexpensive development platform; for J2EE, it adds critical mass to the marketplace."

JBoss Group is testing its product with Sun's J2EE 1.4 Compatibility Test Suite (CTS), a suite of tests, tools and documentation that provides a standard way of testing an implementation for compatibility with the J2EE specification, thus demonstrating the company's commitment to the J2EE value proposition of choice, flexibility and compatibility.

"At this stage, we are able to make this major financial commitment because of the impressive success JBoss Group is experiencing with production and developer support, plus training around JBoss," said Marc Fleury, founder of JBoss.org and president of JBoss Group. "As JBoss grows in popularity for both development and deployment, JBoss Group believes it's important to invest the funds and resources necessary to test and certify JBoss. It will further cement partnerships with major independent software vendors and the largest enterprises and system integrators."

"We particularly want to thank our partners for their support," said Bob Bickel, vice president strategy and corporate development, JBoss Group. "The JBoss community will be invited to assist us in making sure we achieve certification as soon as possible. Information will be available on our web site on how other partners can assist with this important program."

"J2EE Compatibility continues to be a critical customer requirement for enterprise software, one that prevents vendor lock-in and provides customers with choice and flexibility. As such, Sun is pleased to welcome JBoss Group into the Java community," said Rick Schultz, group product manager for J2EE and Sun Java System Application Server. "The agreement reached between Sun and JBoss Group makes it possible for JBoss Group to plan the delivery of its first J2EE Compatible application server that will in turn provide greater selection of tested J2EE technologies, and will extend the benefits of compatibility to the open source community."

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