On 10 May 2005, IBM acquired Gluecode. Through the agreement, IBM also acquired the group of lead engineers behind the Apache Geronimo J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) project. In addition, IBM committed to supporting and marketing the Gluecode Standard Edition (SE) open-source suite, including Apache Geronimo and other open-source projects. Gluecode SE will be offered under the IBM open-source license. The Geronimo project remains under the supervision of the Apache Software Foundation.
IBM has declared its support of open-source J2EE by publicly endorsing Apache’s Geronimo project and hiring the lead architects and developers behind Geronimo. By doing so, IBM challenges the current open-source J2EE leader, JBoss (backed by Hewlett-Packard, Novell, Unisys and others), as well as Red Hat, which distributes ObjectWeb JOnAS. This move also puts pressure on commercial J2EE vendors such as BEA, Oracle and SAP to counter IBM’s open-source investment.
Through the acquisition, IBM aims to:
To meet these goals, IBM has endorsed open-source J2EE, but positioned it as a low-end departmental alternative to WebSphere Network Deployment. However, this low-end targeting of Geronimo may not hold. The IBM-supported Geronimo characteristics — including low cost of entry, IBM guarantees and support, plans for certified standard offerings, open-source licenses, extensible microkernel architecture, and IBM high-end add-ons — may prove irresistible to many enterprises, but only if these features are also technically excellent.
IBM faces some challenges:
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Analytical Sources: Yefim Natis, Massimo Pezzini and Mark Driver, Gartner Research
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