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Progress Software snapped up Mindreef yesterday. Mindreef is the maker of SOAPscope, a popular SOAP quality, testing, and diagnostic suite. Progress will add SOAPscope to the Actional product line, its SOA governance family.
"We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile." -- The Borg, Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
This is Progress's second acquisition in as many weeks. Last week Progress announced its intent to acquire IONA Technologies. IONA is best known as the leading CORBA provider, but it is also an innovative player in the SOA/ESB market. IONA has two SOA infrastructure product families:
- Artix: a commercial line of products based on Artix ESB. Artix has the distinction of using a very different type of architecture from any other ESB on the market. The closest architectural match is Microsoft's Windows Communication Foundation (WCF). The product family includes an ESB, an orchestration engine, a data services platform, a mainframe services platform, a registry/repository, and a channel connector for WCF.
- Fuse: an open source line of products based on various Apache Software Foundation projects, including ServiceMix, ActiveMQ, CXF, and Camel. IONA contributes extensively to these projects.
These two acquisitions follow closely on the heals of Progress's acquisition of Xcalia in March. Xcalia is now part of Progress's DataDirect operating company and supplies a data services platform based on the Service Data Object (SDO) standard.