Red Hat Expands Cloud Foundations Portfolio with Makara Acquisition

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."


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