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Red Hat JBoss Middleware or Red Hat JavaBeans Open Source Software Middleware is a portfolio of enterprise-class application and integration middleware software products delivered by Red Hat, Inc. These software products are used by end users to create applications; integrate applications, data, and devices; and automate business processes. Red Hat JBoss Middleware uses an open-source development model.


Marc Fleury started the JBoss project in 1999. JBoss Group, LLC was incorporated in 2001 in Atlanta, Georgia. JBoss became a corporation under the name JBoss, Inc. in 2004. It was a C corporation headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, that owned the copyright and trademarks associated with JBoss.

In early 2006 Oracle Corporation, a major distributor of database software, sought to buy JBoss Inc. for an estimated $400 million. The acquisition would have enabled Oracle to compete with rivals BEA Systems and IBM in the middleware market (Oracle eventually acquired BEA in April 2008). On April 10, 2006, however, Red Hat announced that they would buy JBoss for $420 million.[1] The acquisition was completed in June 2006.[2]


  1. ^ "Red Hat Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire JBoss". Red Hat. 2006-04-10. Retrieved 2007-03-22. Open source leaders agree to join to drive down the cost of developing and deploying web-enabled applications
  2. ^ "Red Hat Completes Acquisition of JBoss". Red Hat. 2006-06-05. Retrieved 2007-03-22. Open source leader enables a low-cost path to service-oriented architectures