JBoss has today announced that they are to work closely with Microsoft to enhance interoperability between JBoss middleware and Windows Server products.
Four key areas have been identified that are suggested will benefit both JBoss and Microsoft customers:
- Security Interoperability
- Web Services Interoperability
- JEMS Management via MOM
- Optimised use of SQL Server for Hibernate and EJB 3.0
The full press release can be read here.
I think that this is good strategy by both Microsoft and JBoss as interoperability is surely one of the biggest areas that traditionally causes headaches. Many enterprises have both Microsoft and Java systems deployed and I can see how this partnership will benefit both Microsoft and JBoss. For Microsoft, they push SQL Server and .Net applications communicating with JBoss via web services. For JBoss, they are partnering with one of the biggest players in the market which will surely add a lot of credance to the JBoss range of products, plus they get enhanced interoperability and performance out of the Microsoft products.
It will be interesting to see how this pans out and what actually happens, but I think this is a good move for Microsoft, JBoss and the enterprise software market as a whole.