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10 open source companies to watch

10 open source companies to watch

Products range from databases to data integration

Company name: SnapLogic

Founded: 2006

Location: California

What does the company offer? SnapLogic offers an open source data integration framework for integrating data on both sides of the enterprise firewall. Recent additions include links to Salesforce.com and SugarCRM.

Why is it worth watching? The company lets users integrate software-as-a-service data with data behind the firewall on the back of reusable "snap-together" components and a browser-based design tool to create those integrations.

How did the company get its start? Gaurav Dhillon, the founder and former CEO of Informatica, and Mike Pittaro, Informatica's director of customer services, recognized the need for software for many large corporate integration tasks.

How did the company get its name? SnapLogic is evocative of the browser-based, drag-and-drop interface of SnapLogic Designer, the graphical tool used to create data integration pipelines using the SnapLogic framework.

CEO and background: Before taking over SnapLogic, Chris Marino was an investor and advisor to several start-ups, as well as the founder and CEO of server load-balancing vendor Resonate.

Funding: US$2.5 million Series A round of venture capital from Dhillon Capital.

Who's using the product? The company has publicly announced one customer, KQED Public Broadcasting.

Company name: Acquia

Founded: December 2007

Location: Massachusetts, US

What does the company offer? Provides support and services for open source social publishing system Drupal. Acquia also has its own distribution of Drupal code-named Carbon and a set of network services code-named Spokes.

Why is it worth watching? This is the first commercial distribution of Drupal, which has racked up two million downloads and is quickly becoming a popular content management system in the open source community and beyond.

How did the company get its start? Acquia co-founder Dries Buytaert created Drupal in 2001 as a student bulletin board application at the University of Antwerp. Buytaert and Jay Batson saw a growing interest among user organizations for support.

How did the company get its name? The company says the Web is all about the process of discovery. During World War II, the US military utilized Navajo Code Talkers for secure communications. According to the code talker’s dictionary the word for locate is "a-kwe-eh," translated literally to "spot." Our translation "Acquia," fits nicely with the water metaphor in the Drupalsphere.

CEO and background: Batson is Acquia's CEO and co-founder along with Buytaert who serves as CTO. Acquia is the second technology company Batson has co-founded, and is his second commercial open source effort (the previous having been Pingtel, which was acquired by Bluesocket in 2007).

Funding: Investors include North Bridge Venture Partners, Sigma Partners and O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures.

Who's using the product? Acquia's product line is currently in beta and will be generally available in the fall 2008. More than 250,000 Web sites are running on Drupal software, including Warner Brothers Records, Sony MyPlay, Popular Science, The Onion and Amnesty International

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