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JBoss is a division of Red Hat that provides support for the JBoss open source application server program and related services marketed under the JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite (JEMS) brand. It is an open source alternative to commercial offerings from IBM WebSphere, Oracle BEA Services, and SAP NetWeaver. 

The JBoss applications server is a J2EE platform for developing and deploying enterprise Java applications, Web applications and services, and portals.  J2EE allows the use of standardized modular components and enables the Java platform to handle many aspects of programming automatically. A beta version of JEMS is now available on Amazon's cloud service EC2.

Red Hat JEMS is available through subscriptions that include certified software, expert support, updates and patches. The JBoss application server is also available through JBoss.org, a community that provides free support for the server.  JBoss is licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL). 

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This was last updated in January 2009
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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