JBoss Releases Industry's First Enterprise Open Source Solution for Mission Critical Transactions

Standards-Based Platform Delivers Reliable Java and Web Services Transaction Support

LINUXWORLD CONFERENCE, BOSTON-3rd April 2006-JBoss®, Inc., the Professional Open Source company, today announced the release of JBoss Transactions, an open source distributed transaction management platform based on industry-proven technology acquired from Arjuna Technologies and HP in 2005. This release marks the first time that a high-end transaction engine has been made available for free and unlimited use through the open source community. JBoss Transactions, one of several core products announced today, builds on JBoss' vision of bringing enterprise middleware to the mass market and further strengthens the JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite (JEMS(tm)) as the leading open source platform for service-oriented architectures (SOA).

Distributed transaction management platforms were previously only available from proprietary vendors as part of an expensive, monolithic application platform. JBoss Transactions, built using industry proven pure Java transaction technology, is a flexible and cost-effective high end alternative. Distributed transactions appeal to enterprises in sectors such as insurance, telecommunications, and financial services where the ability to ensure business transaction integrity and 'five-nines' availability is paramount. Similar to an insurance policy, JBoss Transactions protects users and vendors from potential transaction failures related to the accuracy and consistency of business data that is created or modified by multiple sources. For example, JBoss Transactions ensures a purchase is executed without failure by immediately reconciling data in distributed sources such as sales, accounting and shipping databases.

"The need for business agility drives the technology requirements of today's IT departments," said Shaun Connolly, vice president of product management, JBoss Inc. "JBoss delivers proven open source technology that advances the goals of SOA without adding complexity. JBoss Transactions, which is based on one of the most mature distributed transaction management engines on the market, provides enterprise customers with an option that plugs into any standards-based environment offering the advantages of cost, quality and flexibility for which JEMS are recognised."
Bringing the Power of Distributed Transactions to Open Source

In December 2005, JBoss acquired the Arjuna Transaction Service Suite and the Arjuna Web Services Transaction implementation, the only implementation supporting both leading Web services specifications-Web Services Transaction (WS-TX) and Web Services Composite Application Framework (WS-CAF). The JBoss product comprises all of these technologies and is being released as JBoss Transactions 4.2.

JBoss Transactions can be used as a stand-alone transaction manager or as an embedded distributed service inside the JBoss Application Server to take advantage of benefits such as load balancing, high availability, and fault tolerance. JBoss Transactions is written in 100 percent pure Java and runs on any hardware and operating system with a compatible Java virtual machine.

JBoss Transactions supports traditional ACID (atomic, consistent, isolated and durable) transactions using two-phase commit coordination and complete distributed crash recovery. With JBoss Transactions, organisations can deliver accurate business transactions to their customers, ensuring high levels of service in their daily operations.

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