According to Red Hat, siloed legacy applications are ones that are hard-wired to data sources. This, in turn, creates inflexible application infrastructures that prohibit shared corporate IT assets, data reuse, interoperability and business agility.
Red Hat officials said the MetaMatrix acquisition will add a federated data services SOA (service-oriented architecture) layer for JBoss Enterprise Middleware.
This will enable developers to use legacy data in JBoss-based services for integration, workflow and business process modeling.
According to Red Hat, based in Raleigh, N.C., JBoss Enterprise Middleware will then offer an open, low-cost, high-value migration foundation for customers to modernize these legacy application infrastructures to SOAs.
"With many enterprises spending as much as 70 percent of their IT budget on maintaining stovepiped legacy applications while a backlog of projects continues piling up, its clear that proprietary-application infrastructure vendors have failed to deliver relief for the CIO," said Tim Yeaton, Red Hats senior vice president of enterprise solutions.