March 12, 2013 – Red Hat isn’t operating its acquisition FuseSource as a separate entity, but two new releases show the open source vendor's confidence in its purchase's place in the middleware integration space.

In the first rebranded releases from FuseSource since the buyout last year, Red Hat on Tuesday launched Red Hat JBoss Fuse, an open source ESB based on the integration pattern framework Camel, and Red Hat JBoss A-MQ, a standards-based messaging platform rooted in the Apache ActiveMQ community. Both products feature drag-and-drop integration development, Apache Karaf architecture for app and component deployment, and operational efficiency extensions with other JBoss Middleware tools.

Pierre Fricke, director of integration and BPM product marketing at Red Hat, said the releases are an extension of the range of enterprise middleware offerings in the works from FuseSource that made the Bedford, Mass.-based provider a buyout target by Red Hat, the North Carolina-based open source software brand entering its 20th year in business.

Carl Lehmann, analyst with 451 Research, said the deepened integration and workload connectivity, onsite or outside the firewall, in the new Red Hat releases follow through on the vendor's needs prior to the FuseSource deal to “enhance its Intelligent Integration strategy and JBoss middleware.”

Unclear from Tuesday’s releases to Lehmann is how they position Red Hat in the “exploding” API marketplace.

“APIs have emerged from the bowls of IT to become critical enablers of cloud and mobile services in virtually all industries,” the analyst said. “We believe API management and control of some sort will become integral to HCI architecture and middleware technologies as the enterprise integration market continues to evolve.”

Driven by cloud integration and relational databases, IDC put application development market percentage growth this year at nearly double to 7.5 percent, or $86.7 billion, compared with 2012 levels.

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