Oracle to acquire development automation startup Wercker

Oracle has announced that it is acquiring Dutch company Wercker to strengthen its container management offering.

Oracle has announced that it is acquiring Wercker, a Dutch startup that provides tools for automating the process of testing and deploying code, for an undisclosed amount.

Wercker specialises in Docker and Kubernetes management tools for developers to create and manage containers to test code quickly. The Amsterdam-based startup has raised around $8 million in venture capital since its founding in 2012.

In a statement on Monday, Oracle said the acquisition will allow it to integrate Wercker's management and automation features into its hosted Docker offerings on the Oracle Cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) products.

"Oracle is building a leading IaaS and PaaS platform as the foundation for a new generation of cloud computing. A leading cloud needs great tooling and adding Wercker's container lifecycle management to Oracle's Cloud provides engineering teams with the developer experience they deserve to build, launch, and scale their applications," Oracle said in a statement.

In an FAQ document [PDF], Oracle said it will continue to add new functionality and capabilities to Wercker once the transaction closes, adding that Wercker customers will also "benefit from better integration and alignment with Oracle's other product offerings".

Oracle said it plans to continue to support GitHub and BitBucket account integration with Wercker.

Micha Hernandez van Leuffen, founder and CEO of Wercker, stated in a blog post that the merger with Oracle will allow it to deliver greater value to its existing customers while tapping new ones.

"Joining forces with Oracle means we have aligned with a hyperscale cloud provider that will enable us to bring our vision of Docker-based developer lifecycle management to a broader range of customers and applications, while increasing the pace of innovation for our existing customers. In the near term, our team, free community edition, and relentless focus on the developer experience remain unchanged," van Leuffen wrote.

The news comes months after Oracle announced that it would be acquiring API development startup Apiary, known for its APIFlow platform that allows developers to build, test, and monitor APIs while supporting API Blueprint and OpenAPI industry standards.

Oracle also bought DNS powerhouse Dyn in November last year to provide customers access to Dyn's traffic and performance tools, and allow them to optimise costs and boost website-based revenue streams.

That same month, Oracle closed its $9.3 billion purchase of NetSuite to expand its cloud footprint and total addressable market into smaller companies.

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