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Progress Software Broadens Its PaaS Portfolio with Modulus

Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic
Published On: June 12 2014

Progress Software recently acquired Cincinnati, Ohio-based Modulus, a privately held company that provides a platform as a service (PaaS) for hosting, deploying, scaling, and monitoring data-intensive, real-time applications using popular Node.js and MongoDB technologies. Node.js is designed for building high-performing and scalable network applications using the ubiquitous JavaScript programming language. MongoDB is the leading NoSQL database system and is designed for scalability, performance, and high availability.
As Node.js and MongoDB are increasingly being used for the next-gen apps developed by enterprises to better understand and interact with their customers (scalable and always connected business and consumer apps that are constantly monitored and optimized for the best experience), the Modulus capabilities are complementary to the Progress Pacific PaaS platform (which includes the OpenEdge, DataDirect, Corticon, and Rollbase components; read TEC article). The Modulus platform is well suited for real-time mobile, software as a service (SaaS), social, and Big Data apps that run across distributed devices and can seamlessly handle floods of data requests with built-in performance monitoring and analytics.
With the mature OpenEdge platform and its esoteric ABL language being relegated to also-runs (i.e., they are becoming non-mainstream, unpopular platforms and languages, like Gupta and PowerBuilder), and with the long-standing partner Epicor recently ditching OpenEdge in favor of Microsoft SQL Server, it is logical that Progress is looking to diversify and modernize its PaaS portfolio. Like other Progress offerings, the Modulus platform is offered not only as a hosted service but can also be deployed by enterprises in public, private, and hybrid clouds as well as in an on-premise infrastructure. Founded in 2012, Modulus has more than 450 customers of all sizes and is a leader in the Node.js community (Progress pledges to continue and expand Modulus' contributions and role in this community).
With the addition of the Modulus capabilities into its PaaS portfolio, Progress now offers a comprehensive set of cloud, mobile, hybrid, and on-premise development, data integration, and business rules technologies. Still, the PaaS and cloud data integration market is quite saturated, and time will only tell how Progress will fare among a plethora of bigger competitors with stronger brands, and how well it will position its Pacific and Modulus offerings.
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