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Red Hat and Exadel Partner to Bring Rich Developer Tools to Red Hat's JBoss Platform


Monday, March 5, 2007; 07:28 AM

Red Hat, a leading provider of open source solutions, and Exadel, a leader in providing rich application components for creating a new generation of enterprise solutions, today announced a strategic partnership that will add mature, Eclipse-based developer tools for building service-oriented architecture (SOA) and rich, Web 2.0 applications to Red Hat's integrated platform, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss Enterprise Middleware. This move marks the first time that a high caliber set of Eclipse-based developer tools will be available in open source.

Exadel will open source all of its products, including Exadel Studio Pro and RichFaces, as well as consolidate its Ajax4jsf project under JBoss.org, the community behind open source projects that roll up into JBoss Enterprise Middleware. In turn, Red Hat will work jointly with Exadel to drive development of the projects and their integration with JBoss platform technologies such as JBoss Seam. Hibernate and JBoss Seam founder Gavin King will take a prominent role in leading the direction of the new projects within JBoss.org.

“Exadel's software contribution is a great asset to the open source community and rounds out our JBoss Enterprise Middleware platform with field-proven developer tools that enhance productivity and simplify development on JBoss,” said Sacha Labourey, CTO of Red Hat's JBoss Division. “Exadel has done an admirable job bringing its tools to this level of maturity and functionality for developers. Red Hat is excited to help take on the future development of these projects and augment them with our platform technologies. This will create a powerful framework that makes SOA and Web 2.0 strategies even simpler, more open, and more affordable for the mass market.”

Exadel Studio Pro provides an advanced Web development environment that allows developers to work with multiple frameworks within a single environment. RichFaces and Ajax4jsf offer powerful yet simple models for building rich Internet and Web 2.0 applications. By combining Exadel's developer tools with JBoss Enterprise Middleware, Red Hat offers a complete development and deployment platform that enables programmers to assemble SOA components and Web 2.0 applications with dramatically less coding – increasing productivity, accelerating time to market, and reducing development and run-time errors.

“With its active JBoss.org community, complementary projects, established brand, and ability to bring to market enterprise open source software, Red Hat has what it takes to help Exadel move its development tools forward,” said Fima Katz, CEO of Exadel. “JBoss.org has the leadership and commitment to innovation that will help catapult Exadel Studio, RichFaces, and Ajax4jsf into a leading tools suite. Integration with JBoss Enterprise Middleware will only bolster the strength of our tools.”

RichFaces and Ajax4jsf are immediately available today as JBoss RichFaces and JBoss Ajax4jsf, respectively, on JBoss.org under the LGPL license. Red Hat is currently working to open source Exadel Studio Pro as Red Hat Developer Studio under a GPL-based license. Availability for Red Hat Developer Studio is planned for the first half of this year. For more information on the projects, visit http://www.jboss.org.

About Exadel, Inc.

Exadel, Inc. is the leader in providing rich application components for creating a new generation of enterprise solutions that leverage an innovative global sourcing model and Open Source. Exadel’s unmatched expertise at building reliable business solutions has solved real business problems for hundreds of domestic and international clients, including ABN AMRO Bank (www.mortgage.com), AT&T, Bank of America, eBay, Echopass, CNET, Avaya, Wolters Kluwer, Kabira, Home Shopping Network, GE, Honeywell and Time Warner. Exadel's fast, scalable and cost-effective solutions reduce application lifecycle costs and development time, eliminating vendor lock-in and improving overall client productivity.

Exadel's product line includes Exadel RichFaces (Visual Component Platform), a rich component library for JSF that includes an advanced framework for easily integrating AJAX capabilities into business application development, and Exadel Studio Pro, the most advanced Web application development toolset designed for Open Source, which supports JSF, Struts, Hibernate, Spring and many other platforms. Exadel services include custom online and onsite training, Exadel Development Boost and Exadel Professional Services for application development.

Founded in 1998, Exadel is privately owned and located in the San Francisco Bay Area with development offices located in Chicago, Minsk, and Moscow. For more information, go to www.exadel.com or call 1.888.4EXADEL.

About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat, the world’s leading open source solutions provider, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with satellite offices spanning the globe. CIOs rank Red Hat the most valuable software vendor three years running in the CIO Insight Magazine Vendor Value study.Red Hat is leading Linux and open source solutions into the mainstream by making high-quality, low-cost technology accessible. Red Hat provides an operating system platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, along with applications, management, and middleware solutions, including JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite. Red Hat is accelerating the shift to service-oriented architectures and enabling the next generation of web-enabled applications running on a low-cost, secure open source platform. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide and through top-tier partnerships. Red Hat's open source strategy offers customers a long term plan for building infrastructures that are based on and leverage open source technologies with a focus on security and ease of management. Learn more: http://www.redhat.com.



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