Covalent Technologies announces support for Apache Geronimo application server

Leading Supplier of Complete Enterprise Open Source Solutions in Strategic Partnership with Virtuas to Bring Full Commercial Support to the Enterprise for Geronimo


WALNUT CREEK, CA  January 24, 2006  Covalent Technologies”, the most trusted source for complete enterprise open source solutions, today announced it will offer full commercial support for Apache Geronimo 1.0, an open source J2EE application server developed and recently made available by the Apache Software Foundation and distributed under the Apache license. Support for Apache Geronimo complements Covalents industry leading support offerings for the Apache Axis Web Services Framework, the Apache HTTP Web Server, and the Apache Tomcat Application Server, among the most popular open source components in the world today.

As part of the announcement, Covalent also introduced a strategic partnership with Virtuas Open Source Solutions, LLC. Denver-based Virtuas, a well established and leading open source professional services organization, has tremendous expertise working with Apache Geronimo and maintains close ties to the Apache Geronimo community of developers. Under terms of the partnership, Virtuas will provide Covalent with back-line support for Apache Geronimo along with strategic migration and educational services to assist companies transitioning to best-of-breed open source solutions.

Designed to help accelerate development and deployment efforts by leveraging current innovations from the open source community, Apache Geronimo provides a readily accessible and flexible foundation for building Java applications. Apache Geronimo unites best-of-breed technologies across the broader open source community to support J2EE specifications.

J2EE 1.4 certified, Geronimo 1.0 offers one of the most flexible architectures in the application server market, allowing an unmatched ease of integration via its kernel and GBean architecture. The release includes support for ActiveMQ, OpenEJB, and Tomcat Web container deployment options, a complete Web-enabled management console based on Java Portlets, full integration with the Eclipse Web Tools Project, and integration of Apache Derby and the Apache Directory Server.

Enterprise demand and respect for projects coming out of the Apache Software Foundation that are robust and solve real-world needs is increasing, says Mark Brewer, chief executive officer of Covalent Technologies. We are pleased to partner with Virtuas to offer commercial support for Apache Geronimo, a project weve followed closely, and provide customers with an open source alternative to other J2EE application servers, proprietary as well as open source alike.

“Apache Geronimo is the latest J2EE 1.4 certified platform, and its open and pluggable architecture allows for best in breed open source technologies like Apache Tomcat, ActiveMQ, and OpenEJB to be used together to help form this J2EE stack, says Jeff Genender, Virtuas Practice Leader and member of the Apache Geronimo Project Management Committee. Covalent’s support offerings show that Apache Geronimo is ready for prime time for use in the enterprise, and a serious contender for a J2EE solution.”

Apache Geronimo, now a fully certified J2EE platform, is competitive with other J2EE application servers and should be considered by customers when choosing a J2EE solution, says Richard Monson-Haefel, senior analyst with The Burton Group and co-founder of the Apache Geronimo project. However, weve been concerned about support services available for Geronimo. IBM Gluecode aside, there have not been a lot of commercial services offered around the project. This move by Covalent is comforting and promising. Expert commercial support is extremely important to the future of the Geronimo platform.

Support and Availability
Full commercial development and production-level technical support and professional services for Apache Geronimo are available now for current and new Covalent customers. For more information contact Covalent Technologies at 925/974-8800 or 800/444-1935 or via email at sales@covalent.net.

About Virtuas Open Source Solutions, LLC
Since 1999, Virtuas has provided Global 2000 organizations with world-class enterprise software solutions. By providing knowledge transfer services such as Consulting, Education, Development and other support offerings around open source Java software including Tomcat, Geronimo, Spring, Hibernate, JBoss and JSF/MyFaces, Virtuas strives to empower organizations by imparting open source intelligence and enabling self-sufficiency within IT. For more information visit: www.virtuas.com.

About Covalent Technologies

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 worlds leading Web server, Covalent is one of the few sources for full commercial support for Apache, Tomcat, 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: SBC, Pfizer, Morgan Stanley, National Semiconductor, Texas Instruments, Johnson & Johnson, British Telecom, Fidelity Investments, NASA, Hewlett-Packard, 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 www.covalent.com.

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