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Red Hat Buys Makara for PaaS

The pair claimed once the widgetry’s baked in, applications will be portable from cloud to cloud

Red Hat said Tuesday that it's bought Makara, a Redwood City, California start-up barely out of beta whose widgetry leverages the virtual layer and lets users deploy, manage, monitor and scale their Java and PHP applications on both private and public clouds like Amazon and VMware fluffery.

Terms were not disclosed. It was rumored the pair had been talking. Makara was backed by Shasta Ventures, Sierra Ventures, Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz to the tune of at least $6 million.

Once integrated with Red Hat's JBoss Enterprise Middleware infrastructure, Makara's complexity-masking self-service, self-managing Cloud Application Platform is supposed to make Red Hat's existing Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution more comprehensive and flexible, touted as the easiest, cheapest on-ramp to the cloud.

How long integration will take is unclear.

Makara is said to be good at auto-scaling up and down, rightsizing, rolling back and monitoring applications, quickly transitioning them to both public and private clouds with a minimum of modification.

The pair claimed once the widgetry's baked in, applications will be portable from cloud to cloud - provided of course they're written to Red Hat Linux, LAMP and JBoss criteria.

They brag that this sets them apart from Microsoft, the only other company with a complete cloud stack incorporating an operating system, middleware and virtualization. Red Hat sounds the lock-in warning siren every time it says the name Microsoft.

Besides EC2, VMware ESX and VMware Workstation, Markara's stuff is supposed to work on the Eucalyptus/Ubuntu cloud, the Rackspace Cloud, Terremark's vCloud Express, VirtualBox and Xen with Java, Flex, PHP, JBoss and Tomcat applications.

Makara thinks developers should be able to continue to write in Java EE, LAMP, Spring/Hibernate, jQuery/POJO/MongoDB/Memcache or whatever they're used to and then let a PaaS deal with automating deployment, scaling, lifecycle migration and security."

Red Hat PaaS is part of its Cloud Foundations portfolio, which it just introduced this past June. Based on JBoss Enterprise Middleware, it's meant to let enterprises, cloud service providers, ISVs and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers take existing assets or develop new applications, then deploy them to a wide range of public and private clouds.

Red Hat wants enterprises to begin to deploy JBoss Enterprise Middleware in private clouds by leveraging its consulting services as well as products and services from Red Hat partners.

Red Hat says it will eventually open source Makara's contribution.

rPath might be upset by the new alignment.

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