Red Hat has been pumping out new releases this month, but I suppose you don’t become the first open source vendor to reach a billion dollars in annual revenue by slacking. Last week Red Hat rolled out two new releases, a brand new in-memory database and changes to its platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering, OpenShift. The week is just beginning and it has already announced new versions of three products.

App Servers & NoSQL Databases

Last week, after over two years of development, Red Hat released a new version of its open source Java application server, JBoss. On the same day, the company followed SAP and Oracle into the in-memory database market by revealing a brand new in-memory NoSQL database, JBoss Data Grid 6.

Red Hat also launched a new version of its enterprise Linux distribution with several new storage, virtualization, security, scalability and performance capabilities. The stream of new software wasn’t enough to help the company avoid a dip in its stock price after it revealed its subscriptions didn’t quite meet market expectations for the quarter and earnings for the next quarter might fall below analysts’ projections.

A Little Business Intelligence to Boot

A little bad news hasn’t stopped Red Hat from moving forward. Today the company announced a new version of its business rules platform, JBoss Enterprise Business Rules Management System (BRMS) 5.3. The release allows companies to fully automate business processes and respond in real-time to business events. JBoss Enterprise BRMS 5.3 includes several new features such as a new workflow engine and business process modeling with Business Process Modeling Notation 2.0 (BPMN2). Red Hat also revised the user interface to make it easier for business and technical users to collaborate on business processes.

In addition to the updates the business rules platform, Red Hat also released new versions of its enterprise service bus (ESB) and data services platform. JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform 5.3 and JBoss Enterprise Data Services Platform 5.3 have a list of notable new features:

  • Integration with the business rules platform
  • Additional messaging support in the ESB
  • Support for SAML tokens
  • Integration with several new data sources like Greenplum Data and PostgresSQL 9
  • Enhanced tooling for consuming XML data

All of the new software releases are available immediately. The new releases come just in time for Red Hat’s annual conferences, Red Hat Summit and JBoss World being held June 26-29 in Boston.

What’s Next for Red Hat

Red Hat isn't just focused on releasing new software. The company plans to add 1,000 employees before the end of the year. The company is about to move its new headquarters in downtown Raleigh, N.C. Even with the expansion, Red Hat plans to run out of space in the new office within a couple of years. Looking at Red Hat it's hard to believe that many industry watchers once assumed it was almost impossible to be successful with an open source business model.