Red Hat, which has made its name as the enterprise Linux company, has been making clear in recent years that it sees the cloud and containerization as a significant part of its future. Today, it announced its intent to acquire San Francisco startup Codenvy to continue building on that strategy and give developers access to a cloud-based integrated development environment.The company did not reveal the purchase price.Codenvy is the company built on top of the open source project, Eclipse Che, which fits with Red Hat’s overall strategy to build commercial tools on top of open source projects. It offers a cloud-based integrated development environment (IDEs) for individual developers, teams or enterprises. IDEs are essentially workspaces for coding, building and testing apps.In a company blog post announcing the acquisition, Harry Mower, senior director of developer programs at Red Hat made clear his company sees Codenvy as much more than simply a cloud IDE. “At the heart of Codenvy’s technology is a workspace management system that allows developers to get up and running instantly without the need to set up a local development environment,” Mower wrote.Integral to that vision are containers, the ability to launch applications as discrete pieces of code or containers instead of launching a single monolithic application. Developers are using tools like Docker and Kubernetes to build these containerized environments.Codenvy CEO Tyler Jewell sees the acquisition as a way to extend his company’s vision by combining resources with a much larger organization and building a much broader container vision than his company could have done alone. “The rapid adoption of containers makes orchestration standards the industry’s next step. We held the view that Kubernetes and Red Hat OpenShift are leading the way in this space. So when Red Hat shared their container vision, our decision to join them became a “no-brainer,” Jewell wrote in a blog post.Red Hat has actually been telegraphing that a move like this could be coming for some time. For starters, Red Hat, Codenvy and Microsoft joined forces last year to in Red Hat’s words, “provide a common way to integrate programming languages across code editors and IDEs.” Red Hat went on to join the Eclipse Che community last year and began contributing code. A few weeks ago, the company announced Openshift.io, a set of cloud-based developers tools based in part on — wait for it — Eclipse Che.TechCrunch’s Frederic Lardinois described Openshift.io thusly: “What Red Hat has done here, though, is tie together a number of existing open source projects like fabric8, Jenkins, Eclipse Che and, of course, OpenShift into a free service that provides developers with a similar experience, but with a strong focus on container-based applications.”Given these previous moves, the next logical step would seem to be acquiring the company built on top of Eclipse Che. When the deal closes, Codenvy’s employees will be joining the Openshift.io team. End: WordPress Article Content
Open source software is a big win for businesses, which are saving billions and passing that savings along to customers. . . . The open source movement is advancing because of feature-rich, high quality, reliable software with compelling economic benefits.Eric Raymond, The Cathedral & The Bazaar, at 170 (O’REILLY Books).This is not a new phenomenon in the history of open source. The ability to control expensive proprietary vendor cost with open source has been proven for Linux for operating systems; Xen and KVM for virtualization; and JBoss and Apache for middleware. Databases add a critical piece to the open source software stack, especially in face of the demands posed by big data.Boston-based EnterpriseDB (EDB) has been one of the leading players in the OSDBMS market since 2004. I recently had the opportunity to discuss the state of the OSDBMS market—and of industry-leading Postgres in particular—with EDB CEO Ed Boyajian.Question: Can you touch upon the difference in growth rates between the OSDBMS market and the overall DBMS market? What do you make of the dramatic difference in their growth curves?Ed Boyajian: It has been a remarkable few years of growth for open source in data management. I think there are three main reasons. First, traditional enterprise business models are transforming towards digital business models and the stunning innovation in open source data management revolves around this change. Second, companies demand the right price for the right enterprise-level technology. Cost matters. Given the rapid expansion of information and data in the enterprise, the question of price is more important than ever. Third, the companies behind these open source data management initiatives are maturing at an accelerating rate, giving CIOs and IT leaders the confidence they need to buy from them.Question: What if one of your giant competitors—a vendor of a proprietary DBMS, for example—were to share your vision of where the data management market is headed and decided that it too needed to offer an open source solution. This might include customers already steeped in its proprietary software, and perhaps even its entire stack. How difficult would it be for such a competitor to develop its own open source offerings?Ed Boyajian: This is an important topic and there are a couple of interesting aspects to this. From a technical perspective, any proprietary database vendor could assign engineers to work collaboratively in a large community, which is what all of us who are active contributors to open source projects do. To the extent that the company were willing to make that kind of resource commitment, it could participate in the OSDBMS market relatively easily. We see a number of companies doing that and I see great value in their contributions.
“About a dozen times a year,” [Software Freedom Law Center general counsel Eben] Moglen says, “somebody does something [that] violates the GPL. Most of the time, they’re doing so inadvertently, they haven’t thought through what the requirements are. And I call them up and I say, ‘Look, you’re violating the GPL. What you need to do is this. Would you help us?'” The answer is invariably yes, he says.So the reality of the situation is that the worst you are likely to get is quick phone call from Moglen….Here’s the truth, then: there are no “huge potential liabilities” involved with free software. It’s very hard to infringe, and very easy to sort things out.I think it’s more likely that Gartner’s biggest concern is that open-source software firms (and communities) pay it little money for its research. The biggest danger from open source may actually be to Gartner’s P&L statement, not to the enterprises that adopt open-source software.After all, as IT Pro reports, the Gartner study also indicates that open-source software “is being used for mission critical processes as often as it is for less business-necessary functions.” In other words, more of the world relies on software that brings Gartner roughly $0.00 in analyst fees.pagebreakI spent last week meeting with customers, including a visit to a Fortune 100 company to advise its legal and procurement teams on open-source software. We talked about its policies for adopting open-source software, as well as contributing to open-source projects. We struggled to find reasons for it to be worried about its increasing adoption of open-source software, but largely failed.No, I’m not suggesting that enterprises should adopt open source without formal policies, just as I don’t think they should be adopting proprietary software without formal policies. But let’s not exaggerate the ‘risk’ of open-source software: it is no more worrisome (and usually much less so) than proprietary software. Gartner analysts are smart and know this. I’m not sure why they continue to accentuate the negative in open-source adoption, other than the fact that most of the firm’s revenue comes from proprietary-software vendors who have much to lose from open-source software adoption.