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IBM To Buy Gluecode Software

IBM on Tuesday said it plans to acquire Gluecode Software, a JBoss competitor that develops open-source infrastructure software for the Apache Geronimo application server.

Terms of the agreement weren't disclosed. El Segundo, Calif.-based Gluecode has 18 employees, including key contributors to the Apache Software Foundation.

The deal represents IBM's first acquisition of a purely open-source software company. The move is designed to expand IBM's WebSphere application integration portfolio with an "entry-level" offering for small and midsize businesses, IBM executives said, adding that the company aims to extend Gluecode through the IBM Business Partner network.

The Gluecode deal increases IBM's stake in the Apache Software Foundation. Last August, IBM, Armonk, N.Y., donated to the Apache project an embedded relational database, code-named Derby, that can be integrated easily into Java applications. In addition, the acquisition gives IBM access to Gluecode principal Geir Magnusson Jr. and CTO Jeremy Boynes, key players in the Apache Geronimo project.

"We see a market shift happening for open source at the low end of the market," Robert LeBlanc, general manager of IBM WebSphere, said in a conference call on Tuesday. "We do well at the high end and are now extending WebSphere to reach the lower end of the market to address the requirements of departmental developers, SMBs and smaller ISVs."

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