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March 31, 2011

BPEL engine on Red Hat’s shopping list

Firm likely to bolster middleware portfolio

By Jason Stamper

Open source operating system and middleware firm Red Hat may be about to bulk out is JBoss middleware line through acquisition, CBR has learned.

The news was confirmed in a CBR interview with Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst, who said that now that the firm is approaching the billion dollar revenue mark, acquisitions are on the cards.

Whitehurst told us that the firm may acquire a business process execution language (BPEL) engine, while it is also keeping an eye on additional buys in the cloud space, perhaps around storage, cloud integration or management.

Last year Red Hat bought cloud platform firm Makara.

As we reported yesterday, business intelligence is also on Red Hat’s shopping list. "We made an investment in [open source BI firm] Jaspersoft so we’re good partners with those people," Whitehurst said, "so at some point in the future having a BI offering could be a nice way to augment what we have."

With over $1bn in cash and investments in the bank and a market cap of over $9bn, Red Hat has the means to become rather more acquisitive.

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