JBoss released a new messaging system on Tuesday that it hopes will extend the reach of its open-source enterprise middleware platform into the high end of the market. It also announced a new open-source Web server, which will be released to the public in June.
The JBoss Messaging 1.0 component is now available as a stand-alone product, and will become the foundation for JBoss ESB 1.0, the company's Enterprise Service Bus project, due out later in 2006. JBoss will also make JBoss Messaging the default Java Message Service (JMS) technology in JBoss Application Server 5.0, also due later this year. Applications designed for JBossMQ, the JMS system built into the existing version of JBoss Application Server, will run unchanged on JBoss Messaging 1.0, the company said.
JBoss Messaging implements the JMS 1.1 and 1.02b specifications through its JMS Facade module, and includes support for "facades" that can handle other messaging protocols, JBoss said.
A preliminary version of the Web server, JBoss Web 1.0, is available now, and JBoss will release a production version in June. Built on the Apache Tomcat container for JSP (Java Server Pages) and Java Servlets, JBoss Web can handle over 10,000 concurrent connections, the company said.
The Web server can handle SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) secure data connections, and as well as its support for J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) can execute CGI and PHP scripts and ASP.NET applications, JBoss said.
The two packages are free to download and use under the LGPL open source license, the company said.
JBoss will offer a subscription-based support service for the messaging software, initially at its "Silver" level with a two-day response time for questions, and at "Gold" and "Platinum" levels later this year, the company said. The higher-level subscriptions offer extended operating hours, faster response and online monitoring services for systems running JBoss software.
Once the final version of JBoss Web is released, it too will be covered by the subscription support service, the company said.