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Java Scheduling Gets a Shot in the Arm, Courtesy of Terracotta

Terracotta continues its open source project acquisition tear today, bringing the the Quartz Scheduler project into it's fold.  This latest move follows the acquisition of the EhCache project back in August.  According to Terracotta, the acquisition of Quartz helps them meet the needs of customers in virtualized environments.  Much of the immediate development will be focused on adding more support for those runtimes.

Quartz founder James House, had this to say about the acquisition:

"I am excited to bring Quartz into the Terracotta family of products and to extend the investment in this technology," said James House, founder of Quartz. "This acquisition will benefit both communities. In the short term, Quartz users will get a cost-effective and easy clustering solution; in the long term, large-scale Terracotta users will be able to easily add Quartz to manage distributed workloads." 

For most users of Quartz, the acquisition will have little impact other more development activity.  There will also be new enterprise support options for users of Quartz. The license of Quartz will also not change, according to Terracotta.   

The new website of Quartz, http://quartz-scheduler.org, has more information about the acquisition along with the latest bits available for download.  

With this latest move, Terracotta appears to be following the time honored tradition of open source companies like Spring and JBoss by acquiring other open source projects to supplement their own products.  What else do you think would be a good fit for the Terracotta umbrella?    

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