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SpringSource, an open-source development platform provider, said today it’s purchased Hyperic, a move that will allow it to offer its corporate customers the ability to build, run and manage their applications together. The companies share the same investors — Accel Partners and Benchmark Capital — but Javier Soltero, CEO of Hyperic, says the deal, the terms of which were not disclosed, came about after conversations between he and Rod Johnson, CEO of SpringSource, rather than at the behest of investors.
SpringSource, which makes the open-source Java application framework Spring Framework, can use its acquisition of Hyperic, which makes IT management software, to manage the entire process of building a Java application and then running it. Hyperic is familiar to our readers as the creator of CloudStatus, a program that offers IT managers a window on cloud performance. Hyperic will still continue to support management of non-Java based applications as well, and Soltero says the deal will help SpringSource expand beyond Java.
The combination of a development framework and monitoring applications will help SpringSource take on larger competitors such as Microsoft (s MSFT) or IBM (s IBM), both of which also control development environments as well as the management tools for the software built on their various platforms. From Soltero’s blog:
Over the last 5 years, I’ve come to the conclusion that the divide between developers and operations is a huge obstacle in building more scalable, manageable applications. Hyperic’s most successful customers seem to be the ones who’ve built manageability into their apps, as opposed to those that simply monitor and manage the products the app is built on. These customers use Hyperic technology to gain a better understanding of the behavior and limits of their apps and are more successful at the fine art of keeping them running at optimal performance.
Deals like this bring open-source software a step closer to true enterprise value and ensure that corporate IT customers are willing to pay for it.