I&aposve been spending most of this week attending the Red Hat Summit and JBoss World event here in Chicago. The energy level is really high amongst the attendees; working in and utlizing Open Source has a very strong momentum.
It&aposs been a busy few days for Red Hat, and they are taking advantage of having everyone here by making a few big announcements.
JBoss Operations Network (ON 2.3): JBoss ON provides application management capabilities across the JBoss enterprise middleware product line, and this new version has a few important updates. The Red Hat press release lists three key new features: 1) "Discovery, inventory, dependency management, configuration management, application deployment, patch update, deployment and content management, availability and performance management of the application server, JVM, Web connector and virtual host"; 2) "An API for SOA Platform and Java clients to access a number of features within JBoss ON, such as user/role/group management, inventory search, monitoring, alerting, package deployment and operations execution"; 3) "A Command Line interface that supports secured remote access to the JBoss ON management server and allows for state-ful script execution, and access to all of the API calls remotely through a simplified API calling facility."
JBoss Certified Application Administrator: Red Hat already has a wide variety of certification programs focused on the Red Hat branded operating system products, but now people can also get certified on JBoss. A JBoss Certified Application Administrator (JBCAA) will need to be able to demonstrate the skills needed to install, configure, monitor, manage and deploy to the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform.
Red Hat Network (RHN) Satellite 5.3: RHN Satellite is a systems management solution for software updates, configuration management, provisioning and monitoring for Red Hat Enterprise Linux deployments. This new version has quite a few new features, many of them suggested by the user community, including these key themes: 1) Using open source systems management projects (Cobbler); 2) Easier management of large, complex environments; 3) Additional automation and virtualization features.
I&aposve enjoyed talking to many folks that manage IT departments or data centers. They each have their unique challenges and risks in their environment. Derek Chan from DreamWorks gave a really great talk on how Cloud Computing was implemented successfully for his demanding (and really cool) workloads. Stop by the Intel booth and say hi if you are there.