Another nice score card from Gartner puts JBoss Enterprise App. Platform in the leader’s quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Servers. That’s the fourth year in a row, in case you were wondering. Unscientific as it is – comparing with last year I’d say the leaders are widening the gap (cumulative advantage ?) and JBoss specifically has inched up on the Ability to Execute axis.
Interestingly, Salesforce.com were joined by a couple of other PaaS vendors in the MQ this year – it will be interesting to see if there really is a new wave of infrastructure bearing down on the established platforms. The contemporary PaaS offerings I see today under-achieve as general purpose developer platforms and that leaves them competing with IAAS based on more traditional / established technology (Java, .NET) on cost and convenience terms. It will be good to see “Cloud” get beyond the current over-hyped phase so we can see how this will play out.
More Red Hat commentary here.