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Red Hat-JBoss Union Draws Mixed Reaction From Channel

The marriage of Red Hat and JBoss will likely drive more revenue for the open-source channel but could complicate business for others.

Last week’s announcement that the Raleigh, N.C.-based Linux software leader and the Atlanta-based middleware star plan to unite at the end of May got mixed reviews in the channel.

Some partners said the move paves the way for a brand-name, end-to-end, open-source stack that can compete directly against Microsoft’s integrated platform and Sun Microsystems’ enterprise system.

In addition, creating an open-source powerhouse will lay to rest corporate resistance to doing business with JBoss, a small, independent firm, partners added.

“The Red Hat/JBoss combination elevates the enterprise confidence level and makes it that much better for our clients to accept and for us to deliver solid solutions,” said Ed Pimentel, CEO of AgileCO, Alpharetta, Ga.

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