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JBoss buys tech from Arjuna, HP

Company acquires two e-transaction technologies in a move to bolster its open-source middleware.

JBoss has acquired two electronic-transaction technologies from Arjuna Technologies and Hewlett-Packard, in a move to bolster its open-source middleware.

The open-source software company said Monday it plans to make the proprietary software part of its JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite. Arjuna was formed three years ago out of the now-defunct HP Arjuna Lab.

The acquisitions comprise the Arjuna Transaction Service Suite, a transaction engine, as well as Arjuna's Web Services Transaction technologies, which support two popular Web services specifications.

JBoss' technology buy is its latest move to build up its open-source middleware.

"We're doing this by developing our own products as we did for clustering; embracing open-source projects as we did for business rules; and acquiring proprietary software and open-sourcing it as we are now doing for distributed transactioning," Shaun Connolly, JBoss vice president of product management, said in a statement.

JBoss anticipates releasing Arjuna Transaction Service Suite and Arjuna Web Services Transaction as part of its open-source enterprise middleware suite during the first quarter. Arjuna's chief architect, Mark Little, will also join JBoss as director of standards.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.