IBM bought Gluecode software some time back . Why did it do so? Some of the reasons that have been floated are:
"Gluecode’s free software — and its several levels of fee-based support — provides smaller companies with a low-cost middleware option. As those companies grow and their technology needs expand, IBM will already be positioned to offer them higher-cost, higher-capability products, like WebSphere Application Server Express and other Express products".
"Gartner feels that through the acquisition, IBM aims to protect IBM’s WAS business by embracing and controlling a challenging trend, slow down the rapidly-growing enterprise adoption of Jboss and test the notion of subscription-based software pricing."
"IBM will use Apache Geronimo to fill out the very low end of the WebSphere line."
"Having seen the writing on the wall now that the open source JBoss Web application server is J2EE compliant and growing rapidly in popularity and its WebSphere software is overkill for many small and mid-sized businesses, IBM made an interesting move last week when it acquired privately held Gluecode Software"
"The deal also points to IBM’s belief that Apache Geronimo, the J2EE server from Apache, is the open-source application server of the future"
"What?s a bit puzzling is why IBM ? a company that has pulled out all the stops to bypass BEA in J2EE marketshare ? would opt for the obscure Gluecode instead of going after JBoss itself (a move that would have doubled IBM?s J2EE marketshare)"
What do you think? Will IBM buying Gluecode and effectively controlling Apache Geronimo, affect the way the J2EE application server market works?
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