On Tuesday, November 30, 2010, Red Hat announced they had acquired Makara, a developer of deployment and management solutions for Java and PHP applications in the cloud. Red Hat labeled the acquisition as an addition to Red Hat’s Cloud Foundations portfolio, which it released in June 2010.
Scott Crenshaw, Vice President and General Manager of Red Hat’s Cloud Business Unit explained that by combining JBoss Enterprise Middleware infrastructure with Makara’s Cloud Application Platform, Red Hat can offer a more comprehensive platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution that quickly moves applications to public and private clouds with minimal modifications.
“Unlike other PaaS vendors, Red Hat PaaS is open and doesn’t lock developers in,” said Crenshaw. “Developers can use the programming model of their their choice, from Ruby to Spring, to JEE and more. And they use the cloud of their choice, applications can be put on any cloud, from private to public from many different vendors… Makara’s technology will accelerate and enhance Red Hat Cloud Foundations PaaS.”
“Makara makes it easy to provision and secure cloud resources whether public or private on board new or existing JBoss or LAMP applications with versioning, rollback, and rolling restart capabilities built right in,” said Isaac Roth, CEO and co-founder of Makara.
According to Roth, with Makara developers can:
- Automatically scale applications up or down as the workload dictates.
- Monitor performance for the complete stack, including the network, Web, application and database tiers.
- And performing log management by aggregating persisting and making logs available for analysis regardless of the current size and state of the application run-time cluster.
Roth elaborated on the future of Makara on his blog: “We will continue to develop and offer Makara On-Demand for those choosing to deploy their applications to public clouds. We will also continue to evolve the Makara platform by adding more components to our supported software library.”
Crenshaw said that Red Hat will open up the Makara source code to the community going forward as well. To find out more about the open source shift for Makara, read Makara Cheif Technology Officer, Tobias Kunze Briseño’s blog post on the acqusition.
Red Hat plans to integrate Makara solutions into their PaaS offerings, but wouldn’t elaborate on when. Meanwhile, developers interested in testing out what Makara offers can register for a free trial to test drive the software.