Red Hat acquires Makara to accelerate PaaS strategy

by CXOtoday Staff    Dec 02, 2010

cloud computingRed Hat (NYSE: RHT), an open source solutions provider, recently acquired Makara, a developer of deployment and management solutions for applications in the cloud. Makara’s technologies are expected to accelerate the development of Red Hat’s comprehensive Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution as part of its 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,” commented Paul Cormier, president of Products and Technologies, Red Hat.

According to Red Hat it is the only vendor that has the infrastructure needed to deliver a complete, open source, flexible cloud stack, incorporating operating system, middleware and virtualization. Based on JBoss Enterprise Middleware, Red Hat PaaS seeks to be the solution within the portfolio that will allow enterprises, cloud service providers, ISVs and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers to take existing assets and develop new applications and deploy them to a wide range of public and private clouds.

“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,” remarked Rachel Chalmers, research director at the 451 Group.

The company 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.

Today, enterprises can begin to deploy JBoss Enterprise Middleware in private clouds by leveraging Red Hat consulting in conjunction with products and services from the company’s partners.