Is there anyone who knows how JBOSS SOA tools are licenced?
All of the tools are free to download and use; most (all?) are licensed under LGPL. You can also get a support contract (which costs $$$s); highly recommended when you go to production. Without the support contract the most you can hope for is getting answers to problems wihtin the forum.
Thank you Peter for your reply
But are you sure that the tools are free? I get also an information that a typical deployment would start at €100k
depending on the configuration required.
Do you have any experience or best practice with JBOSS tools?
Exactly what "tools" are you talking about?
JBoss Tools is free. So is JBoss AS. And JBoss ESB. The same with all the other bits an pieces needed to build a SOA solution. All of these are known as the "community" products.
On the other hand, if you want to purchase support from Red Hat (or a Red Hat partner), you will have access to things such as JBoss EAP (http://www.jboss.com/products/platforms/application/), JBoss Developer Studio (http://www.jboss.com/products/devstudio/) and JBoss ESP (http://www.jboss.com/products/platforms/soa/). Those packages are combinations of various of the open source (and free) products that have been extensively integration tested, are periodically patched, and at times have proprietary components also thrown in. These are the "enterprise" products.
So as I said, the choice is yours. If you feel comfortable doing your own suppoort and patching, are willing to do you own debugging with perhaps some help form the forum, then use the community versions. If you do not fell comfortable with doing that, then pay for support and get the enterprise packages. Personally, if you need the SOA platform to generate income for your business, I would highly recommend purchasing support.
Peter, thank you for the explanation.
I have also been contacted by the local Red Hat agent.