Red Hat Expands Cloud Foundations Portfolio with Makara Acquisition

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Makara's technology will be integrated with Red Hat PAAS, as part of the company's Cloud Foundations portfolio.

Open-source solutions provider Red Hat announced it has acquired Makara, a developer of deployment and management solutions for applications in the cloud. The acquisition of Makara's technologies is part of Red Hat's plan to accelerate the development of the company's platform-as-a-service (PAAS) solution, part of its Cloud Foundations portfolio. Makara provides solutions to enable organizations to deploy, manage, monitor and scale their applications on either private or public clouds.

By integrating the JBoss Enterprise Middleware infrastructure with Makara's Cloud Application platform, Red Hat hopes to offer a more comprehensive PAAS solution that allows organizations to transition their applications to both public and private clouds with minimal modifications. Red Hat introduced Cloud Foundations in June and plans to make Red Hat PAAS available as software offered as a service in public or private clouds to help developers and organizations build, deploy and manage the entire life cycle of applications. Makara's tools, technologies and solutions will be integrated with Red Hat PAAS as part of the Cloud Foundations portfolio.

"Cloud Foundations is about enabling customers and developers to have an easy on-ramp to the cloud. With the addition of Makara, we aim to further simplify application deployment and management," said Paul Cormier, president of Products and Technologies at Red Hat. "We welcome the Makara team and look forward to accelerating our delivery of PAAS solutions to the market."

Based on JBoss Enterprise Middleware, Cormier said PAAS seeks to be the solution in the portfolio that will allow enterprises, cloud service providers, ISVs and software-as-a-service (SAAS) providers to take existing assets, develop new applications from them, and deploy them to a range of public and private clouds. The company noted that businesses can currently begin to deploy JBoss Enterprise Middleware in private clouds by leveraging Red Hat Consulting in conjunction with products and services from Red Hat partners.

"PAAS is becoming another market for software vendors looking to deliver compelling enterprise solutions in the cloud," said Rachel Chalmers, research director at The 451 Group. "By acquiring the cloud technologies developed by Makara, Red Hat is now in a position to address this market by creating solutions for enterprises looking for deployment, management and auto-scaling capabilities to be baked into the core platform."