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07 May 2010, 11:17

VMware's SpringSource to acquire GemStone

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SpringSource Logo SpringSource, the open source Java division of VMware, has announced that it has agreed to acquire enterprise data management solution specialist GemStone Systems. Discussing the deal, SpringSource general manager Rod Johnson said, “Data management technologies are fundamental to the creation of applications, and with the rise of virtualisation and cloud computing, the manner in which applications need to access data is evolving,” adding that, “Cloud computing is a distributed deployment model, and for that reason, caching and data accessibility are of far greater strategic importance than before. We are acquiring and will integrate into the SpringSource portfolio a well-regarded set of high-performing data management solutions with GemStone.”

GemStone's core products include GemFire Enterpise, its flagship in-memory caching database for distributed platforms that pools memory across multiple processes, the GemFire SQLFabric memory-oriented SQL data management platform, and GemStone/S. Based in the US state of Oregon, GemStone's products are used by more than 200 large customers, including financial services, the US federal government and transportation companies.

VMware's latest acquisition comes only a few weeks after it bought UK based Rabbit Technologies, makers of the open source, AMQP implementing, RabbitMQ messaging system. The company says that, with today's news and its other recent acquisition, it hopes to underscore "VMware and SpringSource’s understanding of the critical role data management plays in application deployment to the cloud."

More details about the acquisition can be found on the GemStone Systems Acquisition FAQ page. SpringSource and GemStone will hold a Live Webinar on the 26th of May covering "Data Management For Distributed Applications". The financial terms of the GemStone deal have not been disclosed.

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