At the RedHat (newssite) Summit in Boston yesterday, there was a lot of good news surfacing around the release of version 5 of the JBoss Enterprise Portal Platform.

RedHat announced a number of enhancements for the newest version of the JBoss Portal Platform. The portal platform is one component of the JBoss Enterprise Middleware family, which RedHat says provides the open source alternative for an enterprise web presence -- on premise or hosted. 

JBoss's Open Choice philosophy enables developers to utilize existing skillsets and applications within the portal platform. Just a few of the languages and frameworks supported include: Java Enterprise Edition, Spring Framework, Seam, Google Web Toolkit, Ruby, Groovy and PHP.

Adding Web Content Management

Part of the announcements at the conference included the technical preview of the JBoss Enterprise Portal Platform Site Publisher. Powered by eXo, this is a rich web content management module based on eXo WCM.

Along with extensions for document management and robust workflow, WCM capabilities include:

  • Content Authoring and Publication
  • Content Search
  • In Line Editing of Web Content
  • Editable Content and Site Templates
  • Content Staging
  • Internationalization

The module is optional, but is expected to be fully supported and released concurrently with all future versions of the JBoss Enterprise Portal Platform.

Getting More Social and Collaborative 

And along with picking up eXo's Web content management capabilities, RedHat has also announced that it will include the eXo Modules for Collaboration, Social and Knowledge as add-on options to the Site Publisher.

Says Jason Andersen, Red Hat senior product manager for portals:

Red Hat is pleased to expand our collaboration with eXo to deliver JBoss Enterprise Portal Platform Site Publisher later this year. The breadth and availability of eXo's modules enabling social networks, collaboration and knowledge management will further enhance Site Publisher for our customers and provide the value they expect from an integrated platform for building rich, content-driven applications." 

A Long Term Partnership

eXo and RedHat began their partnership back in June of last year (at least that's when it was officially announced). That partnership saw the creation of the GateIn Portal which is both the underlying portal solution for both the eXo Platform and JBoss Enterprise Portal Platform.

Thanks to the partnership with eXo, RedHat has been able to quickly adapt new capabilities to their portal platform that most enterprises require today.