Open source tools fill in app lifecycle gaps for SpringSource

Managing apps continues to grow as a need in the Java space. With that in mind, SpringSource has acquired Hyperic, a performance management tool vendor. This acquisition is expected to enable SpringSource to provide a complete application lifecycle tool set based on open source technologies to build, run, and manage Spring-based lightweight Java applications.

"SpringSource is the default choice for many developers and IT architects creating Java applications, and Hyperic is the default choice for many IT operations professionals that need to manage those applications," said Javier Soltero, formerly CEO of Hyperic and now CTO of Management Products at SpringSource. "Managing enterprise Java requires visibility up and down the stack and across a company's network and data center, including virtualization and cloud computing environments. The divide that separates development from IT operations has just become a lot smaller."

Last year, SpringSource acquired Covalent, a specialist at managing Tomcat servers, which has been incorporated into the SpringSource TC server. Tomcast is widely used but is still in need of management software support in the eyes of many data center administrators. The Hyperic acquisition provides SpringSource with a management suite for monitoring Web servers, application servers, databases, message queues and other application infrastructure deployed on physical, virtual, and cloud platforms.

"Now, with Hyperic, we can manage

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and monitor databases and Web servers," said Peter Cooper-Ellis, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Product Management at SpringSource.

Jay Lyman an analyst with the 451 Group blogged to the effect that, in the current economic climate, organizations are more apt to try out open source alternatives, particularly for Java applications. "The main drivers of the SpringSource-Hyperic acquisition and the main value here is not open source software, but rather where open source software has allowed both of these vendors to go: enterprise Java applications …" suggests Lyman.

This was first published in May 2009

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