On the same day that BEA Systems Inc announced a converged roadmap for its WebLogic Portal and acquired Plumtree Corporate Portal, open source middleware maven JBoss Inc announced version 2.2 of its own open source, Java portal product.
JBoss Portal competes most closely with BEA’s WebLogic Portal, as both are Java portals, whereas the Plumtree Corporate Portal BEA acquired supports cross-platform development and web applications.
While BEA says it is converging its WebLogic Portal and the Plumtree portal (which it renamed AquaLogic Interaction), the other obvious difference is that JBoss Portal is open source.
JBoss says its portal is a core piece of the JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite (JEMS), which in turn is said to be the first open source platform for service-oriented architecture (SOA).
JBoss Portal 2.2 adds greater simplicity to development and deployment, more standards support and new features for security and clustering, JBoss said. It pointed out that Gartner projects that enterprise portals will be the first major application of SOA concepts for more than 50% of enterprises through 2007.