FuseSource puts its red open source hat on

Red Hat acquires FuseSource to boost messaging middleware portfolio

Chris Mayer

The Red Hat enterprise news keeping coming in thick and fast. Now, Apache solution specialists FuseSource will join their middleware division

We’ve seen plenty of big announcements coming out of Red Hat Summit this week, but this move from the open source giant could be the shrewdest enterprise venture yet.

The acquisition of open source integration and messaging company FuseSource, behind such products as the Apache CXF-based Fuse Services framework, will certainly add some extra juice to Red Hat’s middleware division, enabling them to roll out some enterprise-grade applications to their customers.

Whilst initial plans of how they will utilise FuseSource’s lengthy back-catalogue have yet to be fully revealed, it’s clear that Red Hat sees huge potential in integrating some of its open source projects into its existing product line. Though financial terms weren’t disclosed in the deal, it is considered final by both parties involved.

“Application integration software is one of the fastest growing segments of the enterprise software market,” said Red Hat’s VP and General Manager of Middleware Craig Muzilla in a press release.

He added: “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.”

The move across to the open source behemoth is a logical one for FuseSource’s side, considering the fact both have a healthy open source mantra. Already playing a big role in projects such as Apache ServiceMix, Apache ActiveMQ, Apache CFX, and Apache Camel and deploying their own mix at several Fortune500 companies, FuseSource is undoubtedly the market leader in messaging projects, and Red Hat clearly sees a potential linkup with their JBoss division. Red Hat could also open the door to other global companies seeking advanced middleware messaging.

Understandably, FuseSource Software Fellow, James Strachan was buoyant about the move, writing in his blog:

This immediately makes us the #1 open source integration and messaging stack (among other things!) providing a distributed ESB & messaging system together with integrated data transformation, rules engine (BRMS), CEP, BPM & registry – with full linux, storage, data services, CDI, web app & JEE support too – all in a highly modular architecture; use the smallest & simplest thing you need to get your job done.

There’s a ton of work to do but we’re all really excited! I’m particularly looking forward to working with all the great folks at Red Hat, our awesome customers & the various vibrant open source communities to make an even better open source integration & messaging stack with great tooling & cloud support. Expect lots of cool stuff soon!

There’s already a fair bit of crossover between the two already – the Fuse Services framework is already used in the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6. With Red Hat’s swoop for the firm, we could see some big advances in Enterprise Service Bus within their platforms as they prepare for the next generation of cloud projects.

It may take some time to see this partnership develop concrete products, but we’re excited to see this relationship flourish – it can only benefit both and the strength of the open source business model moving forward.

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