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Can you describe the Liferay + Red Hat collaboration?
The goal of the collaboration is to complement Red Hat/JBoss technologies with Liferay Portal to deliver mobile engagement and digital experience solutions to customers. To do this, Liferay and Red Hat will work together more effectively on multiple fronts: sales, marketing, and engineering.
I'm interested. What can I expect from this collaboration?
As a start, we want to make it easier for customers to install, run, and support Liferay on JBoss EAP. We also want to certify this combination to give customers additional confidence in what they're buying. Our sales and marketing teams will be working closely together to provide a cohesive and streamlined experience for potential customers.
What does this mean for JBoss Portal?
During the last few years Red Hat launched several important new JBoss Middleware products and initiatives, including the xPaaS initiative, which will bring enterprise middleware services to OpenShift's Platform-as-a-Service environment.
Red Hat also has decided to continue support of JBoss Portal through the entirety of its current release stream, scheduled to end in March 2018. Existing customers may renew until this time. However, Red Hat has stopped offering new subscriptions to JBoss Portal since February 28, 2015. Customers looking to deploy a supported, open source-based enterprise portal can consider Liferay Portal.
Can I purchase JBoss EAP through Liferay? Can Red Hat sell Liferay Portal?
Since this is a strategic collaboration, we are not reselling our counterpart's products. But the collaboration does mean that our sales teams will be tightly integrated. This means that we can quickly bring in Red Hat when needed, and vice versa. Our sales leaders will meet regularly to discuss opportunities and identify ways to improve the cooperative selling process. Our aim is to reduce the customer's need to have two separate conversations and go through a lot of redundancies.
Does the collaboration imply that Liferay favors JBoss EAP over other app servers?
We've always said that Liferay is OS, database and app server agnostic - and that's still very true. But there will be cases where a Liferay + JBoss EAP solution makes sense for the customer. We want to identify these cases, and then make the sales and implementation experience better for the customer.
What else is in the works?
We're also working on features that will add value to the combined solution. Some possibilities include new Marketplace apps to surface JBoss EAP's admin console features or to hook into JBoss BRMS. We also hope to expand collaboration to other JBoss middleware products in the near future.