Red Hat announced an acquisition and new strategy that the company says are key parts of its growing effort to boost its open-source middleware and service-oriented architecture business.
The company says that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Metamatrix and plans to make its data management and integration tools available under an open-source licence within a year. Red Hat did not disclose the value of the Metamatrix deal.
At the same time, Red Hat officials detailed a new integrated enterprise subscription model aimed at providing a single download for its Jboss Enterprise Application Server, Hibernate framework for object and relational mapping and persistence, and Jboss Seam framework for building Web 2.0 applications.
The moves are aimed at helping large companies migrate legacy applications that are tightly linked to their data sources into an SOA. Such migrations can help companies extract data from applications for reuse in new, flexible systems and business processes.
"Red Hat historically has unlocked the veil of open source at the OS level," says Tim Yeaton, Red Hat's senior vice president of enterprise solutions. "We can optimise open source value at the middleware and SOA layers. We're building capabilities to engage customers from the very beginning of the development cycle ...through testing, certification, deployment, product support and on to maintenance." The new capabilities, he says, will put "customers back in charge of their own IT architectures".
The acquisition of Massachusetts-based MetaMatrix will allow Jboss users to add a federated data services layer to decouple applications now tightly integrated to their data sources. These services can then be exposed and used multiple times in application development, workflow or business process modeling, the company says.
The new enterprise subscription model indicates that Jboss is moving away from its traditional a la carte model that has allowed users to mix and match its different components. Shaun Connolly, Jboss vice president of product management, says that the new model provides "enterprise-class stability and predictability."
Under the integrated Jboss Enterprise Platform distribution model, the company's products will be offered as a single download that will include automated updates and patches and multiyear service-level agreements, he added.