SpringSource Acquires RabbitMQ

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2010-04-14 Print this article Print

SpringSource, a division of VMware, has announced the acquisition by VMware of Rabbit Technologies, a provider of message queuing technology.

SpringSource, a division of VMware, has announced the acquisition by VMware of Rabbit Technologies, a provider of message queuing technology.

SpringSource will integrate the company's RabbitMQ technology into its portfolio. The integration of the RabbitMQ open messaging system will help SpringSource reduce the complexity associated with development, deployment and management of enterprise applications.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Rabbit Technologies is an open-source software company based in the United Kingdom.

SpringSource officials said as organizations increasingly build and deploy applications in a cloud environment, the infrastructure to support this new model is evolving. A new type of lightweight, reliable, scalable and portable messaging system is required to support the routing of user requests to the appropriate resources regardless of where they may reside, the company said.

"While messaging has always been a key infrastructure element used in the creation of enterprise applications, cloud applications require a fundamentally different messaging infrastructure," said Rod Johnson, general manager of the SpringSource division of VMware, in a statement. "By adding RabbitMQ to our suite, SpringSource can extend its emerging application platform with another element of technology that is critical to modern virtual and cloud deployment models."

Providing clear integration with the Spring Framework will also allow a significant community of Spring developers to leverage RabbitMQ as they evolve their applications from traditional datacenters into private and public cloud deployments. RabbitMQ will continue to be open source software, and SpringSource will continue full support for the RabbitMQ developer community.

"RabbitMQ is an extremely successful technology and forms the backbone for many varied cloud messaging systems," said Alexis Richardson, CEO and co-founder of Rabbit Technologies, in a statement. "By providing a multiprotocol, completely open, portable messaging system, our technology can be a key enabler of tomorrow's applications. By joining with enterprise leaders, SpringSource and VMware, RabbitMQ expects to continue to be at the forefront of the movement toward cloud computing. Users and customers will benefit from an organization offering deep and immediate experience with the challenges of managing highly available and stable operations." 

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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