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IBM and Covalent Contribute JBoss-to-Apache Geronimo Migration Tool to Apache Software Foundation Open Source Community


IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Covalent Technologies™, today announced they have contributed technology to the Apache Geronimo community to help enterprise customers easily migrate from the JBoss Application Server to the open source Apache Geronimo application server, which is free to download and use.

The new migration tool being contributed to the Apache Geronimo community converts applications built for JBoss to Geronimo by generating the appropriate configuration files.

The Apache Geronimo Application Server is the lightweight J2EE-compatible pure open source application server project of the Apache Software Foundation. The easy-to-configure application server is built using open source components to help Java developers, small and mid-sized businesses (SMB) and departmental users reduce the complexity of application development by pre-integrating the most common services for building mainstream Java applications.

Apache Geronimo and other application servers based on the open source software have been demonstrating tremendous growth. According to a recent report from Evans Data Corporation, in a single year, IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, which is based on Apache Geronimo, gained 16 points of market share with Eclipse developers, versus only a 6.6 share gain for JBoss. Additionally, more than 600 independent software vendors and systems integrators have joined IBM’s WebSphere Application Server Community Edition partner initiative in just six months. As a direct result of that initiative, more than 200 ISVs have developed and introduced new software applications that support WAS Community Edition. Customers are using WAS Community Edition to provide departmental and small and medium-sized customers with an open source foundation for a service oriented architecture (SOA) that can scale to meet business needs.

“Many customers are looking for alternatives to traditional J2EE application servers,” says Jim Jagielski, CTO of Covalent and a director of the Apache Software Foundation. “We look forward to the development of additional tools that will help with the rapid adoption of Apache Geronimo in the enterprise.”

“The contribution of this tool to the Apache Community is a direct result of feedback we are hearing from our customers,” said Paul Buck, Director of IBM WebSphere Open Source. “The recent momentum behind products based on Apache Geronimo is indicative of customers’ desire to use collaboratively built open source technology backed by commercial support to meet business goals.”

The tool will be available soon for download free of charge under the Apache license at

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Founded in 1998, Covalent Technologies is the most trusted source for complete enterprise open source solutions. The leading provider of products and services for the Apache Tomcat Application Server, Apache Geronimo Application Server, Apache Axis Web Services Framework, and Apache HTTP, the world’s leading Web server, Covalent is one of the few sources for full commercial support for Apache, Tomcat, Geronimo and Axis on a global basis. Covalent has been the trusted source that Fortune 1000 enterprises turn to when migrating to open source and when deploying new open source initiatives. Covalent currently supports more than 50% of Fortune 500 and 70% of Fortune 100 companies. Customers include, among others: AT&T, Pfizer, Morgan Stanley, National Semiconductor, Texas Instruments, Johnson & Johnson, British Telecom, NASA, Hallmark Cards, 3M, Siemens, General Electric, and Bear Stearns. Covalent has assembled the deepest talent pool of Apache experts in the industry and is proud to be one of the most distinguished supporters of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the dominant community for usable open source, and the open source community in general. For more information, visit


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