Oracle boosts Fusion project with AmberPoint purchase

Oracle is to acquire SOA (service oriented architecture) management vendor AmberPoint to add further weight to its middleware product set. Terms were not disclosed.

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Oracle is to acquire SOA (service oriented architecture) management vendor AmberPoint to add further weight to its middleware product set. Terms were not disclosed.

AmberPoint's software is used to monitor the performance of SOA-driven applications and help users solve problems. It is "highly complementary" to Oracle's own SOA software and will "enable increased control and performance of critical applications across the enterprise," according to an FAQ document Oracle released Monday.

It is not clear how the deal will affect road maps for AmberPoint's products. A review is under way and more details will be forthcoming, Oracle said. Investment in the products is expected to increase, according to the FAQ.

"AmberPoint was one of a dwindling group of still-standing independents delivering runtime governance for SOA environments," analyst Tony Baer said on the OnStrategies Perspective blog.

The move "patches some gaps in its Enterprise Manager offering, not only in SOA runtime governance, but also with business transaction management – and potentially – better visibility to non-Oracle systems," he added.

The deal is expected to close in the first half of this year.

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