Red Hat has purchased Amentra, an IT consulting firm with open-source expertise, to sell its JBoss Java infrastructure to enterprises as the basis for SOAs (service-oriented architectures).
Amentra is a certified JBoss systems integrator whose clients include ExxonMobil, Pfizer and Merck. The company also has been recognised for its expertise in providing open-source and SOA services by research firm Gartner.
Red Hat said it's tapped Amentra to support what it calls its "Enterprise Acceleration" initiative, which is aimed at providing the JBoss open-source middleware in the enterprise for SOA and BPM (business process management) deployments.
Red Hat middleware business vice president Craig Muzilla said his company hopes JBoss will play a major role in 50 percent of all enterprise software infrastructure deployments by 2015.
Red Hat purchased JBoss in April 2006 and, like its Linux OS, now has two versions of the software – a community ".org" version that is free for everyone to use and an enterprise version that has fees and maintenance tied to it.
The company is hoping to use JBoss as a springboard to become successful beyond its Linux business, and silence critics who claim the company can't make a multi-product portfolio work.
The Amentra purchase (for an undisclosed price) includes sales and marketing support and new JBoss technology testing centres, but Amentra will continue business as usual as an independent company owned by Red Hat.