IBM Acquires Gluecode, Showing Support for Open Source

IBM acquired Gluecode Software, a privately held company which provides software and support services for open-source application infrastructure software.

Based on core open-source technology from the Apache Geronimo application server, Gluecode's software and related subscription-support services help Java developers, small and mid-sized businesses and departmental users reduce the complexity of application development by pre-integrating the most common services for building mainstream Java applications.

By becoming an active contributor to the Apache Geronimo open-source project, IBM will expand the community of developers that advances this project. IBM plans to contribute Gluecode-developed software features to Apache Geronimo as well. IBM also said it will contribute software to the open-source community that allows developers to use Eclipse development tools for developing, debugging and deploying Apache Geronimo-based application software.

IBM is a longtime supporter of the Apache Software Foundation, as well as many other open-source projects. IBM's WebSphere software incorporates Apache's open-source HTTP server. Last year, IBM contributed its Cloudscape data software to the Apache Derby project. IBM also has worked with Eclipse application development tools technology and Linux.

IBM customers and business partners will be able to download Gluecode application server software and start development and deployment at no cost, and then purchase software support services from IBM. Gluecode's operations will be integrated into IBM's Software Group.