On Monday, January 18, Red Hat announced the availability of Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 7 (JBoss EAP 7) in Beta. JBoss EAP 7 marks the modernization of Red Hat’s commercial, open source Java EE application server for development environments that increasingly feature “containers, microservices architectures, and cloud environments.” JBoss EAP 7 delivers high availability clustering courtesy of an integration with WildFly Application Server 10. As a certified Java EE 7 application server, JBoss EAP 7 supports Java SE 8 and boasts developer enhancements such as batch tooling, which render it easier for developers to manage batch jobs. JBoss EAP also boasts a low-memory footprint optimized for cloud-based environments such as Red Hat’s OpenShift platform. JBoss EAP 7 further enhances developer productivity with an upgraded management console that expedites access to data about system and application performance, in addition to an enriched command line interface that empowers administrators to view configuration details. All told, Monday’s Beta release of JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 7 marks a pivotal moment in the evolution of Red Hat’s Java EE application servers given JBoss EAP 7’s optimization for container and cloud infrastructures as well as its support for DevOps methodologies and continuous integration practices. By supporting containers and cloud environments, Red Hat affirms the centrality of Java EE to contemporary application development by providing customers with tools to embrace cutting edge technologies and architectures while nevertheless preserving the value of customer investments in existing applications and their associated environments. JBoss EAP 7 can be downloaded here.