Red Hat is buying a cloud software startup

Open source software giant Red Hat plans to bolster its cloud-centric products by acquiring a 4-year-old startup that produces tools used by software developers.

Red Hat announced Thursday that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Codenvy, a 40-employee company based in San Francisco that also has offices in Ukraine and Luxembourg. Financial details weren’t disclosed.

Raleigh-based Red Hat said it plans to incorporate Codenvy’s technology into Red Hat OpenShift, which makes it easier for software developers to create applications that are cloud-ready.

Codenvy’s technology is based on Eclipse Che, an open source software for developers.

Harry Mower, senior director of developer programs at Red Hat, wrote in a blog post that Codenvy’s technology “reduces the time it takes developers to get started.”

Last year, Red Hat, Codenvy and Microsoft agreed to collaborate on programming languages.

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