IBM takes aim at JBoss with migration tool

Industry heavyweight IBM is targeting users of the open source JBoss application server, by helping users to switch to its own product.

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By  Administrator Published  April 5, 2007

Industry heavyweight IBM is targeting users of the open source JBoss application server, by helping users to switch to its own product.

The company last week announced availability of a free tool designed to help organisations replace Red Hat's JBoss application server with its own WebSphere Community Edition application server, which is based on the competing Apache Geronimo project.

The tool converts applications built for JBoss to Geronimo by generating the appropriate configuration files. The application server is built using open source components, helping organisations reduce the complexity of application development by pre-integrating common services for building applications.

IBM developed the tool in partnership with developer Covalent Technologies.

By offering users an open source application server of its own, IBM wants to win customers who can be encouraged to later upgrade to commercial editions of WebSphere.

Under founder Marc Fleury, JBoss had positioned itself as a competitor to IBM - the latter's acquisition of Gluecode Software in 2005 was seen as a defensive move. Red Hat has since bought JBoss.

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