Weaving their way to another purchase

CloudBees acquire FoxWeave to bring data migration into the cloud

Java cloud platform vendor CloudBees have snapped up FoxWeave, a cloud-based data integration services provider.

The deal sees the Massachusetts company acquire all of FoxWeave’s data integration technology, and they fully intend to bring native data migration and synchronisation to the CloudBees portfolio of services.

CloudBees already have a FoxWeave service in beta - renamed WEAVE@cloud - but plan to go commercial with it before the end of September. Terms of the acquisition were undisclosed. Founder of the Dublin startup, Tom Fennelly, will continue to work on development of FoxWeave technologies for CloudBees, which allows users to run migration and synchronisation tasks in the cloud or on premise.

CloudBees Senior VP of Products, Steve Harris revealed his excitement at the purchase in a blogpost, explaining that the combination of the two products “hits a sweet spot” for those looking to build new apps.

“Data integration has always been a necessary component of application development. What's new, though, is the ubiquitous use of cloud-hosted services with your application.” Harris said.  

“You often need to migrate accumulated data from one service to the other, and you probably need to synchronize data between those services on an ongoing basis. FoxWeave makes that simple, eliminating hand-coding.”

According to Harris, WEAVE@cloud already houses “20 pre-built connectors to various databases and services” which plays into the “lightweight and developer friendly” ideals which the company preach. These hosted services include Salesforce, Zendesk, MySQL and Cloudant. Customers can also create their own custom connections through FoxWeave.

“APIs are driving a new economy and a new wave of innovation. With FoxWeave, CloudBees is going to make it easier for PaaS application developers to consume these APIs in intuitive and maintainable ways,” said Fennelly in a press release.

CloudBees founder Sacha Labourey said the move and new capability for the PaaS vendor makes them “absolutely unique in the market today.” The company have sought in recent months to bolster their platform with developer-friendly add-ons. Jenkins has been at the heart of the CloudBees offering for some time, with the founder of the continuous integration server Kohsuke Kawaguchi taking residence at the company as an architect. Recently the

Bringing as many communities into their vicinity as possible has been the goal for CloudBees from the start. With 60 ecosystem partners now in tow, it seems this latest buy will get another thumbs up from the developers and clients already using the platform.

Chris Mayer

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