Red Hat acquires FuseSource

Red Hat announced that it was buying FuseSource, an open source integration and messaging framework, from Progress Software.
Written by Steven Vaughan-Nichols, Senior Contributing Editor

Red Hat is adding FuseSource to its middleware stack.

Red Hat is adding FuseSource to its middleware stack.

FuseSource is one of those companies that makes software frameworks that big businesses use every day, but chances are you've never heard of them. Linux giant Red Hat however, did know about them and brought them from parent company Progress Software.

FuseSource is a provider of open-source application integration and messaging frameworks and services. FuseSource's products are based on Apache ServiceMix, Apache ActiveMQ, Apache CXF and Apache Camel. The name of the game with all these programs is to provide a  enterprise service bus (ESB). This is part of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) model. An SOA, in turn, is a way to get programs to work with each other without being tightly coupled together. So, for example, you could use FuseSource programs and its services to get a Windows .NET Web-based application to work with a Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Perl/Python (LAMP) program.

Red Hat plans to use FuseSource to accelerate the delivery of application integration products and services to enterprise customers. In a statement, Craig Muzilla, vice president and general manager of middleware at Red Hat said, “Application integration software is one of the fastest growing segments of the enterprise software market, As cloud computing becomes more prevalent, enterprise customers are demanding greater application integration to enable seamless use of cloud computing. With the addition of FuseSource to our middleware portfolio, we will enable customers to experience greater integration capabilities and flexibility. FuseSource’s technologies, expertise, and commitment to open source make them a great fit.”

As Red Hat moves more and more into the cloud space, being able to supply ESB software and services to their cloud customers should serve them well. Red Hat already has some ESB services in its JBoss middlware but the FuseSource acquisition will vastly expand its capabilities. Red Hat also plans on integrating FuseSource and JBoss' ESB services.

Along with the company and software, Red Hat will also add FuseSource's technical leadership. This includes highly respected Apache open-source contributors. Thy are expected to continue to play important roles in the Apache community projects.

Red Hat expects the deal to be finalized this summer.

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