Red Hat this week announced their application stack which includes JBoss, Hibernate and support for MySQL and Postgres open source databases. Given Red Hat's recent acquisition of JBoss, the announcement was not a surprise, but it's still good to see that they are making progress moving up the stack and providing greater ease-of-use and integration.
Red Hat remains the number one vendor of Linux and this move shows that Red Hat could be the "market maker" for open source stacks. They are definitely raising the bar on competitors and that's good news for customers. Red Hat will now be distributing certified binaries for MySQL as part of this stack and is also providing front line support backed up by our own support organization for complex issues. Red Hat is offering multiple levels of subscription support for the stack, starting at $2,000 per year, which is a tremendous deal compared to the proprietary stacks based on WebLogic, WebSphere or Oracle.