With VMWare's acquisition of SpringSource, Java's relevance to cloud application development has never seemed stronger. However, the real story here is how application deployment and operations may be made much more developer friendly.
The $420 million acquisition makes a true application lifecycle powerhouse, extending SpringSource's Java application tech to the cloud and virtualized environments.
It's a common myth that open source can't innovate, but open-source Java company SpringSource proves that open source can lead an industry, not follow it.
The traditional "application server" category is being shaken up by new entrants SpringSource and MindTouch.
The open-source leader in Java development has acquired IT management vendor Hyperic, a move that signals a new phase of commercial open-source competition.
Sun wants to control Java, but this may be inimical to the open-source community's own plans for Java.
The company behind the top open-source enterprise service bus continues the tradition of pilfering from its peers' executive ranks, grabbing marketing pro Greg Schott.
Microsoft's recent 10-K reveals that the software giant still views open source as more foe than friend.
Open source is increasingly keeping exceptional company.
Erstwhile JBoss COO has done much to improve the open-source business world, and continues that now at SpringSource.