Red Hat gets into mobile development, buys MBaaS platform FeedHenry for $82 million


Open source software company Red Hat has thrown its hat into the Mobile Backend-as-a-Service space, with the acquisition of FeedHenry for 63.5 million euros.

FeedHenry providers enterprises with a complete mobile app development platform, letting them build and run iOS, Android and Windows Phone apps via public clouds and on-premises. FeedHenry uses Node.js and a MongoDB-backed database, which Red Hat says makes the platform a good fit for its mobile-aimed JBoss xPaaS for Openshift strategy.

The acquisition is another sign of the growing importance of MBaaS platforms. As the app economy continues to grow more and more enterprises will look toward platforms, such as FeedHenry, Kinvey and others, to accelerate app development and deployment. As mentioned in Red Hat’s press release, IDC is predicting the app development platform market will reach $4.8 billion by 2017.

FeedHenry CEO Cathal McGloin said:


“Since our inception, FeedHenry has embraced open technologies and the cloud for mobile development and management. We are excited to become part of Red Hat, the leader in open source enterprise solutions, and see this as confirmation of the combined power of mobile and cloud, the mass-market adoption of mobile application and MBaaS platforms, and the growing popularity of Node.js. By joining Red Hat, we now have an opportunity to bring our leading mobile application platform to a wider audience of global customers and partners, to help them optimize for the mobile-first world.”

Red Hat’s senior VP Craig Muzilla added:


“The mobile application platform is one of the fastest growing segments of the enterprise software market. As mobile devices have penetrated into every aspect of enterprise computing, 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. FeedHenry will help us enable customers to take advantage of the capabilities of mobile with the security, scalability, and reliability of Red Hat enterprise software.”

It looks like FeedHenry’s focus on hybrid cloud services, boosting security for enterprises, has paid off. We’ve seen similar enterprise-focused announcements from other mobile dev platforms recently, such as the hybrid cloud offering from, and earlier Kinvey. It will be interesting to see which MBaaS company will be snapped-up next.

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