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SpringSource buys Open Source company Covalent

Nearly two weeks after MySQL was snapped by Sun Microsystems - literally the "M" in LAMP stack, as writes (opens in new tab) - Springsource gets a bit of the "A" in Apache.

SpringSource, a provider of trusted open source software for building and deploying mission-critical enterprise applications, announced it has acquired enterprise open source leader Covalent Technologies.

The acquisition brings together two open source market leaders and addresses widespread demand for a simplified application infrastructure based on the Spring Portfolio and Apache projects such as the Apache Tomcat application server, one of the most popular open source technologies in the world today.

Covalent, based in Walnut Creek, California, is the leading provider of support and services for Apache Software Foundation (ASF) open source projects.

Covalent’s large customer base of over 400 organizations includes more than 50 percent of the Fortune 500 and 20 percent of the Global 2000.

The Spring Portfolio of applications has been downloaded more than four million times and is the dominant platform for enterprise Java applications.

With the addition of Covalent, SpringSource will offer a single source for products and services to rapidly develop, test, deploy and run enterprise applications using the Spring Portfolio and ASF projects, including Apache Tomcat, Apache HTTP, and others. According to BZ Research, the Apache Tomcat application server is used at 64 percent of corporate enterprises worldwide.

The CEOs of both companies announced the acquisition today and discuss the rapid rise and adoption of Spring and Tomcat on their respective blogs, found at ( and

“This is an exciting time for the enterprise open source software market. The number of open source technologies being adopted by our customers is rapidly increasing,” said Mark Brewer, CEO of Covalent. “The combined company brings together the key committers and experienced support professionals that organizations require to rapidly and confidently meet their open source architecture requirements.”

"With the increasing acceptance of architectural alternatives to legacy Java EE implementations, enterprises have been accelerating adoption of packages like Spring and Tomcat," said Stephen O'Grady, principal analyst with RedMonk. "Thus a consolidation of the primary commercial backers of each is both logical and synergistic."

Covalent CEO Mark Brewer joins the SpringSource management team as vice president and general manager of SpringSource’s new Covalent business unit. The financial details of the transaction are not being disclosed by either company.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.