Welcome back! It has been a busy couple of weeks for us within Red Hat Middleware. Hot on the tails of Oracle CodeOne is Devoxx BE, followed shortly after by Devoxx MA!
Red Hat and IBM
We want to start things off with news you have probably heard, but if not, IBM and Red Hat have entered into an agreement where IBM will be purchasing Red Hat. You may have read various blogs, articles or news stories about the acquisition. We asked Mark Little, VP of Engineering here at Red Hat for some thoughts:
They say 24 hours is a long time in politics but maybe it applies to the technology sector too! Between the last time we published the editorial and now Red Hat has agreed to be acquired by IBM. As the public statements from IBM and Red Hat discuss, the deal won’t officially close until the second half of 2019 and until that happens both companies must remain operating as independent entities. There have also been strong statements from both sides that Red Hat will be a separate entity within IBM in order to preserve the benefits of acquiring such a leader in the open source space. At this stage though there are very few details that I or others can share publicly. However, and I’ve written about this in my personal blog, I feel quietly confident that this acquisition (more like a semi-merger) will be good for Red Hat, our communities and our customers, as well as IBM.
Naturally, there have been a number of releases in the past couple of weeks. Here are some of the highlights: