The open source startup scene is certainly very vibrant, but it's also clearly still relatively immature. Company histories are short, and turnovers are still quite low compared to traditional players.
Another reflection of that immaturity is the fact that there are simply too many players in each sector. That means that consolidation is inevitable, creating fewer but bigger players with more clout in the marketplace, and broader product offerings. Just recently, we have started to see that happening.
First, there was SpringSource acquiring Hyperic, a couple of weeks back:
SpringSource, the leader in enterprise Java, today announced it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Hyperic, the open source leader in web application and infrastructure management.
With the acquisition, SpringSource offers a comprehensive product set for powering the entire Java application lifecycle, with lean and powerful solutions for building, running and managing enterprise applications.
By accelerating and unifying the application lifecycle from developer to data center and bridging the divide between development and IT operations teams, SpringSource can meet all the needs of companies building and deploying business-critical Java applications.
As this makes clear, what SpringSource is hoping to achieve with this move is cover the entire lifecycle for applications – a sensible aspiration, and one that others may well decide to emulate in their own spheres.