Red Hat buys FuseSource from Progress Software Corp. in Bedford

Red Hat Inc. said Wednesday it will buy FuseSource Corp., an open source software company that is a subsidiary of Bedford’s Progress Software Corp., for an undisclosed sum.

Progress Software is one of the biggest and oldest technology companies in Massachusetts that laid off 15 percent of its workforce earlier this year and has said it would cut several product lines in an effort to become a leaner company. Progress Software is a business infrastructure software company.

Red Hat, which is headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., and has its technology and products division in Westford, provides open-source Linux operating software to enterprise clients.


“This is a technology tuck-in that accelerates work that we are already doing,’’ said Paul Cormier, president of Red Hat’s Westford office. “It’s core to our business.’’

The deal is Red Hat’s second acquisition in nine months. In October, it bought Gluster Inc., a Sunnyvale, Calif., open-source data storage company, for $136 million. The FuseSource announcement came during the annual Red Hat Summit in Boston.

“Red Hat and FuseSource are completely aligned in their vision for open source,’’ said Larry Alston, president of FuseSource, in a statement on the company’s website.

A Progress Software spokeswoman said the sale of FuseSource is part of the company’s effort to focus on its core business of application development and deployment.


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