I guess mobility is important. Red Hat management must think so, too, given the announcement today that the company has acquired the Irish mobility company FeedHenry. The deal was reported to be around US$82 million (or precisely, Euro63.5 million). It's on the scale of HP's very recent Eucalyptus acquisition. The two deals have nothing to do with one another but do show renewed interest by large technology players in strengthening positions in key areas. In HP's case, nothing less than the entire future of enterprise cloud is at stake. With Red Hat, it's to shore up a potential hole in its enterprise strategy, to address a scary rise within its customer base of BYOD (ie personal smartphone) use.
â€śFeedHenry will help us enable customers to take advantage of the capabilities of mobile with the security, scalability, and reliability of Red Hat enterprise software,â€ť according to Red Hat SVP Craig Muzilla. â€śThe mobile application platform is one of the fastest growing segments of the enterprise software market, Enterprise software customers are looking for easier and more efficient ways for their developers to build mobile applications that extend and enhance traditional enterprise applications.â€ť
FeedHenry had received $9 millionn in Series A funding a few years ago, and had secured some big clients in Ireland, such as AerLingus and O2. What does it do, one might ask? Its primary mission seems to be centralized policy management control and back-end enterprise integration. In other words, the in-built security and integration that enterprise IT originally loved about Blackberry has been missing with the iPhone and Android devices. FeedHenry aimed to fill that gap. Now Red Hat can fill that gap for its customers. That seems to me to be the core issue here.
By the way, Red Hat is prominently featured on our upcoming @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo events, to be held November 4-6 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA.
Chris Gray will talk about IoT and the enterprise, James Kirkland will address real-world IoT use in the transportation business, Gordon Haff will address manufacturing, and there should be more coming from Red Hat on the final program.
The @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo program can now be found in the left-hand column of the event homepage.