November 17, 2010 – Open source software manager Black Duck has announced the acquisition of security application provider SpikeSource.

California-based SpikeSource is a privately held company that provides software tools and services to automate application component identification and review security vulnerability.

Black Duck noted in a news release the particular enhancements it expects to garner from the company’s portfolio, including SpikeInsight, a cloud-based identification and security offering and SpikeForge, which is comprised of 17 open source projects.

The proposed purchase is meant to back up security with Black Duck’s recent buy of Ohloh, the free public directory of open source software and its related community of Free and Open Source users, according to a company news release.

Founded in 2006, the Ohloh site contains information aggregated from more than 250,000 public code repositories, projects and forums, according to its website.

In a news release on the SpikeSource acquisition, Melinda Ballou, program director for application lifecycle management service at IDC, said: "The combined products resulting from this [acquisition] – in addition to Ohloh and the company's prior portfolio – enable a highly differentiated open source offering for Black Duck."

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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