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Alex - there was another small quote in the article that has piqued my interest: Marc mentions that they briefly flirted with "hosted JBoss" as a business model, but it obviously didn't go well, and Marc quotes a VC as calling it a pretty dumb idea. Do you have any thoughts about why that would be?

Alex Fletcher


I think the timing of the hosted JBoss business model had more to do with it than anything else. If you consider the state of Java EE in 1999 (still in the early stages) as well as traction for the hosted enterprise application model at the time, it becomes clear that the market just wasn't ready. The idea itself wasn't terrible (see today's availability of hosted JBoss options), even if it made a horrible business model at the time.


Savio Rodrigues

Hey Alex,

I respect Marc, and won't disagree with his views on competition to his (old) product as he would know better than anyone else.

I don't speak for Geronimo, IBM or WebSphere, but what can I say beyond ;-)

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