SOA Software Inc has added to its list of partnerships Red Hat Inc’s JBoss. Given JBoss’s growing market reach, it’s not surprising that both companies already have some joint customers. The difference here is that this is the first point where both have said that they will work together and certify integration.
For now, that means certifying that SOA’s agents and probes work against JBoss’s server offerings, initially including the JBoss Application Server, JBoss Rules, and JBoss jBPM.
This is all about SOA becoming affordable, said Roberto Medrano, executive vice president for SOA, claiming that JBoss provides a lower cost of integration compared to other middleware platforms.
Admittedly, most of the details and roadmaps for the partnership have yet to be determined, although a likely next target will be JBoss’s ESB offering, which is still in community preview stage. Furthermore, both companies have yet to fully scope out what the partnership will include, leaving open the possibilities of joint technology development, support, and active go-to-market strategies that might include resales.
But both took pains to emphasize that the partnership has gotten beyond exploratory stage, noting that SOA’s management offerings have been tested for interoperability against JBoss’s appserver, and that it will be an ongoing process.
There will be more testing to ensure that SOA Software’s capabilities work optimally with JBoss Application Server, said Pierre Fricke, director of product management for Red Hat’s JBoss.
Obviously this isn’t the first partnership for SOA. For instance, in January, it unveiled a relationship with SAP, where its Network Director product (which manages deployment of services with external partners), achieved the Powered by SAP NetWeaver logo certification.
And when BEA unveiled the AquaLogic brand almost two years ago, SOA and Systinet (now part of HP/Mercury) were the two cornerstone partners.
However, SOA appears to be going out of its way to emphasize that, among middle tier providers, the new JBoss relationship could become more equal than others. Medrano claims that JBoss has been more forthcoming that it will not tread on SOA Software’s governance space.
JBoss has been more straightforward about its [SOA governance] capabilities than the others, said Medrano. With the others, there is sometimes confusion about their marketing, compared to their technical capabilities.