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GREAT TECHNOLOGY STARTS WITH A GREAT APPLICATION PLATFORM
Red Hat

JBoss

Middleware from Red Hat is a comprehensive portfolio that enables the:
Development, deployment, and management of mission-critical applications.
Elastic caching of data.
Integration of applications, data, and mobile devices.
Orchestration of business processes.
Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, ranked in the Leader quadrant of the Gartner
Magic Quadrant for On-Premises Application Platforms in June 2013,
1
is the foundation of the
Red Hat middleware product portfolio. The latest release, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform
6, builds on the list of reasons why thousands of customers have already made it their choice.
GET UP AND RUNNING QUICKLY
Time to productivity is critical; the shorter, the better. With Red Hat, installations can be as
simple as unzipping a fle, confguring your environment, and starting a script. With Oracle
WebLogic Server, the installation documentation makes it clear that installation requires more
than three steps.
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The installation instructions for Oracle SOA Suite and BPM Suite require
even more steps than the Oracle WebLogic Server installation.
3
Review the Red Hat
4
and Oracle
installation documentation to judge for yourself which appears to be easier.
See for yourself which product
takes less time to get installed
and running.
64-BIT CHALLENGE: Find
the installation instructions
for a 64-bit environments
in the 6 standard Oracle
documentation.
Ask Oracle to price SOA Suite
with all prerequisite software
for deployment in a 16-core
environment.
1 https://engage.redhat.com/forms/gartner
2 Documentation starting at http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E23943_01/doc.1111/e14142/overview.htm#BABIGEFB
3 http://docs.redhat.com/docs/en-US/JBoss_Enterprise_Application_Platform/6/html/Installation_Guide/index.
html
4 http://docs.redhat.com
WHY CHOOSE RED HAT
JBOSS MIDDLEWARE OVER
ORACLE FUSION MIDDLEWARE
COMPETITIVE BRIEF
2 redhat.com COMPETITIVE BRIEF Why Choose Red Hat JBoss Middleware over Oracle Fusion Middleware
ADD SOA TECHNOLOGY TO THE MIX
Service-oriented architecture (SOA) integrates disparate applications in your enterprise using open
standards. Red Hat JBoss SOA Platform 5.3 is a complete solution that can get that work done.
JBoss SOA Platform combines an enterprise service bus (ESB), a rules execution engine, universal
discovery, description, and integration (UDDI) server, business process execution language (BPEL),
robust Java message service (JMS) and web services connectivity, support for security asser-
tion markup language (SAML) security, and other features into one platform. JBoss SOA Platform
5.3 includes all the software you need to install and get running. Oracle SOA Suite licenses do not
include licenses for the pre-requisite Oracle WebLogic Suite
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or the database
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required for installa-
tion and ongoing usage.
STEp up yOur SOA dEpLOymENT wITH rEd HAT JBOSS dATA SErvICES
Red Hat JBoss Data Services is a superset of JBoss SOA Platform, adding the ability to stage your
data logically for integration. With it, you can assemble multiple data sources into one virtual data
view. You can even federate data from varying sources. With Oracle products, you will need Oracle
SOA Suite as well as one or more additional products to get the functionality found in JBoss Data
Services. Ask Oracle to map its products to JBoss Data Services and explain how its proposed solu-
tion integrates with Oracle SOA Suite. Finally, ask Oracle for pricing on the matching product(s) and
compare it to the price of JBoss Data Services.
Add A BuSINESS ruLES mANAGEmENT SySTEm, BuSINESS prOCESS mANAGEmENT,
ANd EvENTS
Red Hat JBoss BRMS 5.3 adds a business rules management system (BRMS), business process
management (BPM), and complex event processing (CEP) to your enterprise capabilities. Oracle
includes its business rules engine and complex event processing with its SOA Suite; however, Oracle
SOA Suite business rules capabilities do not include the governance capabilities that are part of
JBoss BRMS. Additionally, Oracle splits its BPM offerings into two separately licensed products.
BPEL-based BPM is a component of SOA Suite, and business process model and notation (BPMN)-
based BPM is part of Oracle BPM Suite. Oracle BPM Suite has a pre-requisite of SOA Suite
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which
itself has a prerequisite of WebLogic Suite. Compare this to JBoss BRMS 5.3, which includes all the
software you need to install and get the platform running.
LOOkING FOr THIrd-pArTy OpINIONS?
Review third-party analyst proof points that validate Red Hat JBoss Middleware solutions as
excellent technology. There you will fnd content from Gartner, Forrester, IDC, and others to review
at your own pace. We can also provide customer stories and references upon request.
5 SOA Suite for Oracle Middleware appears on the Oracle US Oracle Technology Commercial Price List as a WebLogic
Suite option.
6 http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E23943_01/doc.1111/e14259/overview.htm#RCUUG281
7 See section 3.1.5.1 of the Installation Guide for Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle Business Process Management Suite
3 redhat.com COMPETITIVE BRIEF Why Choose Red Hat JBoss Middleware over Oracle Fusion Middleware
CLARITY AND SIMPLICITY
STrAIGHT-FOrwArd prOduCT pOrTFOLIO
Red Hat middleware solutions provide a balanced collection of targeted functionality for enterprise
solutions. For example, JBoss BRMS 5.3 platform includes BPM, business rules, and the ability to
analyze business events. Oracle sells fourteen Fusion Middleware products in collections of compo-
nents it calls suites. Components like the business rule engine, BPMN engine, human workfow, and
mediator are only available when purchased as part of a suite. Both the Oracle SOA Suite and BPM
Suite cant be deployed separately, as they have licensing interdependencies:
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Oracle BPM Suite
requires licensing the Oracle SOA Suite and SOA Suite requires licensing the WebLogic Suite.
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OpEN SOurCE AdvANTAGE
Source code for Red Hat JBoss Middleware is completely open to inspection as you see ft. Should
you need to see how a particular piece of functionality is implemented, you can do so. With Oracle
Fusion Middleware, you are working with closed proprietary software.
Want to know what areas are developing in Red Hat JBoss Middleware? You can download the
free JBoss Community components on which developers work. You may even be able to infu-
ence product direction as an active member of the JBoss Community. Ask Oracle about Fusion
Middleware product features and how you can impact future product capabilities.
OvErALL prICING
Red Hat subscription pricing is straightforward. Subscriptions for the entire platform portfolio are
available in 16- and 64-core increments. You can use those cores on any supported hardware with
any performance characteristic for the same low fee. By comparison, Oracle pricing has a combina-
tion of software licensing and required support.
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Oracle software licensing is based on core count or
named user plus pricing.
11
When considering core-based Oracle licensing, make sure to specify the
type of servers you plan to use. Oracles core-based product pricing varies by the type and model
of CPU in use,
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so you may pay more for Oracle software on one server than on another. Red Hat
subscription cost for all platforms is the same, regardless of the make and model of any non-
mainframe CPU.
dEvELOpEr prICING
When you subscribe to one Red Hat JBoss Middleware platform, you get development rights to
all Red Hat JBoss Middleware platforms. Specifcally, for every 16 cores of a JBoss subscription,
25 developers gain rights as developers for all JBoss platforms.
8 See WebLogic Suite options on page 4 of Oracle Technology Global Price List
9 See end note 5, sections 1.2 and 3.1.5.1 Oracle

Fusion Middleware Installation Guide for Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle
Business Process Management Suite
10 http://www-01.ibm.com/software/integration/wbimessagebroker/
http://www-01.ibm.com/software/integration/wsesb/, http://www-01.ibm.com/software/integration/datapower/
11 Names users have a very specic denition. You should carefully review the oracle Software investment guide for
details. http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/pricing/software-investment-guide/index.html
12 See Oracle Processor Core Factor Table - http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/contracts/processor-core-factor-
table-070634.pdf
How much time and effort
should you have to invest to
understand a vendors products,
prerequisites, and pricing?
Red Hat has a straightforward
middleware portfolio.
4 redhat.com COMPETITIVE BRIEF Why Choose Red Hat JBoss Middleware over Oracle Fusion Middleware
Oracle JDeveloper provides free extensions for developing artifacts like SOA composites, BPM
processes, and business rules.
13
However, Oracle JDeveloper doesnt include the ability to test and
debug artifacts like SOA composites, BPM processes, and business rules.
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Testing and debugging of
all SOA Suite components must be done on an installation of SOA Suite. Testing and debugging for
all components of the BPM Suite must be done on an installation of BPM suite, and both Oracle SOA
Suite and BPM Suite development require additional licensing of those suites for use by developers.
Also, if you elect to use local developer installation of the suites, make sure the operating system on
the developers computer is supported. For example, Oracle SOA Suite and BPM Suite are not certi-
fed on Apple OS X, Microsoft Windows 7, or Windows XP.
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ONE JBOSS dEvELOpmENT TOOL
Development for all Red Hat JBoss Middleware can be accomplished using a single development tool.
Oracle does not have a single development tool that covers all of the Fusion Middleware portfolio.
For example, Oracle Service Bus developers may use three different tools
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plus a browser interface
when creating, testing, and debugging mediations. Another example is JDeveloper,
17
which cant be
used for WebLogic 12c direct development, deployment, and testing.
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SupErIOr SuppOrT
Red Hat recognizes the importance of superior technical support services. Technical support from
Red Hat is not only a competitive differentiator, but also a way to dramatically reduce ongoing costs.
Red Hat views customer support as a key strength and its middleware software is widely used based
on this belief.
GET mOrE FOr yOur SuppOrT dOLLAr
With Red Hat JBoss Middleware, your support relationship extends to all stages of the technology
life cycle, not just for when things go wrong and you need break-fx support. Red Hat supports instal-
lation, usage, confguration, diagnosis, bug reports, and bug fxes. With a Red Hat subscription, you
can gain access to product versions, updates, and security updates, unlimited support incidents,
24x7 telephone support, documentation, hardware and software certifcations, and other items
detailed on the Red Hat Global Support Services section of the support website.
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13 See Oracle Fusion Middleware Installation Guide for Oracle JDeveloper
14 See sections 1.5, 43, and 44 of Oracle Fusion Middleware Developers Guide for Oracle SOA Suite
15 See Oracle Fusion Middleware Supported System Congurations
16 Eclipse plug-in for Xquery mapper work, FormatBuilder Tool for non-XML data formats, JDeveloper for JCA bindings,
WSDL, XSD, and other artifacts
17 Oracle strategic DE
18 See JDeveloper certication and support matrix for versions 11.1.2.1 and 11.1.1.6
19 https://access.redhat.com/support
Oracle lists seven different Java
and SOA developer tools on
their website.
5 redhat.com COMPETITIVE BRIEF Why Choose Red Hat JBoss Middleware over Oracle Fusion Middleware
SuppOrT OpTION AdvANTAGES FrOm rEd HAT
1. Support costs are the same for all supported environments
Oracle ties software update license and support fees to license costs.
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Deploying Oracle Fusion
Middleware on hardware with a higher core factor
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than other hardware will increase support
costs associated with the Oracle product.
2. Specialty-based routing
Each Red Hat support request is routed to a specialty group and owned by a specialty technician
who collaborates with a team for faster resolution. The result is that you get the right person at
the right time.
3. Ability to assign severity levels to support cases based on your judgment
If you open a support case with Red Hat, you get to select the severity level that makes sense.
With Oracle support, you can indicate the level you would like assigned but Oracle can assign the
severity level it feels matches the criteria in their technical support policies documentation.
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4. No punitive pricing for aging products
Oracle support costs increase as products age. Oracle provides premier support for products fve
years from their general availability (GA) dates. Premier support starts at 22% of the year- one
license cost and increases thereafter. In years 6-8 after Oracle product GA, extended support is
available and priced using an escalating cost schedule.
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Year 6 increases over year 5 costs by 10%
Year 7 increases over year 6 costs by 20%
Year 8 increases over year 7 costs by 20%
After year 8, Oracle product GA is covered under sustaining support and per Oracle policy will
continually increase each year.
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LOOkING FOr A THIrd-pArTy rATING OF Our SuppOrT?
In October 2012, Velociti Partners released a report titled JBoss Enterprise Middleware, by Red Hat:
Technical Support Services Leader.
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In that report, you will fnd data from more than 250 Red Hat
support users showing that Red Hat offers more superior technical support services than its
major competitors.
20 Support pricing in Oracle Technology Global Price List is consistently 22% of license cost.
21 See Oracle Processor Core Factor Table
22 Oracle Software Technical Support Policies - Effective Date: 13-March-2012, page 19
23 See Extended Support and Sustaining support sections in Oracle Technology Global Price List
24 The price of a technical support renewal for Software Update License & Support is the technical support fees paid
for the same licenses in the prior year, increased by the inationary adjustment rate (IAR). For licenses with an active
contractual cap rate (CCR), support is increased by the lower CCR or the IAR. - See Extended Support and Sustaining
support sections in Oracle Technology Global Price List.
25 http://www.redhat.com/resourcelibrary/whitepapers/customer-satisfaction
How much business value do
you expect for each IT dollar
you spend?
Check when Oracle premier
supports ends for any product
versions under consideration.
Red Hat subscription costs are
easy to understand.
6 redhat.com COMPETITIVE BRIEF Why Choose Red Hat JBoss Middleware over Oracle Fusion Middleware
VALUE
SOFTwArE ACquISITION
Getting started with Red Hat JBoss Middleware is dramatically more economical than getting
started with Oracle Fusion Middleware. With an Oracle Fusion Middleware purchase, there are two
charges in the frst year: one for software licensing and another for software update license and
support fees.
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In subsequent years, the Oracle renewal price for software update license and
support is based on fees paid in the prior year increased by the infationary adjustment rate (IAR), or
for licenses with an active contractual cap rate (CCR), fees increase by the lower of CCR or IAR.
With Red Hat JBoss Middleware, you simply pay the annual fee associated with your subscription.
Compare the price of a Red Hat JBoss Middleware solution with Oracle Fusion Middleware product
costs over two years, using 16 cores of Intel CPU as the pricing scenario:
TABLE A: 2-yEAr SOFTwArE COSTS
WEBLOGIC SERVER ENTERPRISE EDITION RED HAT JBOSS ENTERPRISE
APPLICATION PLATFORM
$200,000 software license
$44,000 frst year support
$44,000 second year support
$288,000 two-year total
$11,250 annually
$22,500 two-year total
7.81% the cost of Oracle
ORACLE SOA SUITE + PRE-REQ.
WEBLOGIC SUITE
RED HAT JBOSS SOA PLATFORM
$820,000 software license
$180,000 frst year support
$180,000 second year support
$1,800,800 two-year total
$29,000 annually
$58,000 two-year total
4.91% the cost of Oracle
ORACLE BPM SUITE + PRE-REQ.
WEBLOGIC SUITE, SOA SUITE
RED HAT JBOSS BRMS
$1,280,000 software license
$281,600 frst year support
$281,600 second year support
$1,843,200 two-year total
$36,000 annually
$72,000 two-year total
3.91% the cost of Oracle
26 See support renewal section in Oracle Technology Global Price List
7 redhat.com COMPETITIVE BRIEF Why Choose Red Hat JBoss Middleware over Oracle Fusion Middleware
For Oracle pricing, the Intel cores are rated at a core factor of .5 per core.
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Price comparison is
based on two years of cost at current list price for both JBoss
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and Oracle.
29
For Oracle, the price
list dated June 21, 2012 is used. First-year Oracle license costs for each product is calculated by
multiplying 16 (cores) X .5 (core factor) X [product price]. Second-year Oracle software update
license and support fees are calculated at 22% of license cost.
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OrACLE OppOrTuNITy COST
What are the opportunity costs of choosing Oracle Fusion Middleware? Consider the cost
comparisons presented in Table 1. With dramatically lower costs to acquire and use Red Hat
JBoss Middleware, how many more projects could you start? How much more focus could you
give to innovation?
Want another perspective? Review the JBoss opportunity as presented in the IDC report, The
Business Value of JBoss Enterprise Application Platform.
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CONSISTENT prICING ACrOSS SuppOrTEd HArdwArE
Both Red Hat and Oracle offer core-based product pricing. However, with a Red Hat subscription, the
cost is the same regardless of the make and model of any non-mainframe CPU. With Oracle, prices
vary per core based on the make of the CPU.
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FrEEdOm TO AdJuST SuBSCrIpTION SIzE AT rENEwAL
Each time you renew your Red Hat subscription, you are free to increase or decrease the core count
as you see ft. With Red Hat, there are no license fee concerns associated with your core count deci-
sion. Compare this to Oracle, where software license fees might impact a decision to adjust sup-
ported license quantities. Under Oracle technical support policies, if you adjust down the number
of existing licenses covered by support you must terminate those licenses in a termination letter to
Oracle.
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If you need to continue adjusting supported Oracle license counts downward, you termi-
nate more licenses you have already paid for. If, at some point, your needs change and you need to
increase your license count, you will have to repurchase the licenses you previously terminated.
JBOSS SuppOrTS muLTIpLE vIrTuALIzATION TECHNOLOGIES
Many companies are looking to minimize their costs and maximize server utilization using virtualiza-
tion. Red Hat JBoss Middleware fully supports virtualization technology such as Red Hat Enterprise
Virtualization, VMware vSphere/ESX, and Microsoft Hyper-V. Red Hat also allows subscribers to only
license the virtual cores in-use. Oracle only certifes its Fusion Middleware on Oracle VM
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and only
Oracle software running on certifed platforms is supported.
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27 See Oracle Processor Core Factor Table
28 http://www.redhat.com/f/html/jboss_channel_skus.html
29 Oracle Technology Global Price List
30 See page 25 of the IBM whitepaper Comparing IBM WebSphere and Oracle WebLogic for 22% reference
31 http://engage.jboss.com/forms/jboss-eap-business-value
32 See Oracle Processor Core Factor Table
33 See Matching Service Levels in Oracle Software Technical Support Policies, Effective Date: 06-June-2012
34 Oracle Fusion Middleware Supported System Congurations
35 Oracle Software Technical Support Policies effect March 13, 2012
Ask Oracle for the full cost of
your proposed development
environment.
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rEd HAT ENABLES dEvELOpErS AT A LOwEr COST
When you subscribe to one Red Hat middleware platform, you get development rights to all
Red Hat JBoss Middleware platforms. Specifcally, for every 16 cores of a JBoss subscription,
25 developers gain rights as developers for all JBoss platforms. With Oracle, the JDeveloper
tool is free but the software to test and debug some development artifacts must be licensed.
For example, Oracle JDeveloper is unable to natively test and debug SOA or BPM Suite arti-
facts.
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All SOA and BPM testing and debugging must be performed on the SOA Suite or BPM
Suite installation. For development associated with those suites, you must obtain one or more
licenses for developers.
36 See sections 1.5, 43, and 44 of Oracle Fusion Middleware Developers Guide for Oracle SOA Suite
COMPETITIVE BRIEF Why Choose Red Hat JBoss Middleware over Oracle Fusion Middleware

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