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Redgate acquires Flyway for $10m in DevOps drive

Redgate Software is investing $10million to acquire and develop Flyway, a software tool used to migrate databases across platforms with ease.

Simon Galbraith at Redgate, Cambridge . Picture: Keith Heppell. (14293207)
Simon Galbraith at Redgate, Cambridge . Picture: Keith Heppell. (14293207)

There have been an estimated 23 million downloads of the free community edition of Flyway, and a growing number of commercial customers are using its paid-for editions, leading to significant income growth over the last 12 to 18 months.

Cambridge Business Park-based Redgate sees the acquisition as key to accelerating its plans to help customers include the database in the development process known as DevOps.

Redgate is a pioneer of the practice, which combines software development with IT operations through collaboration between teams to shorten the system development life cycle and help roll out fixes and updates more rapidly.

The company is already the leading Microsoft SQL Server tools vendor, but the acquisition of Flyway will enable customers incorporate database development into DevOps whatever platform they use.

Simon Galbraith, CEO and co-founder of Redgate, said: “We’ve spent the last five years developing a portfolio of SQL Server tools that enable developers to include the database in DevOps, and we want to give those same advantages to every developer on any platform. With Flyway, we’ve just taken a huge leap forward in that direction.”

Flyway was originally developed as an open source project by Axel Fontaine to make database migrations easy across platforms, from Oracle to MySQL, PostgreSQL to Amazon Redshift.

Axel will now work on Flyway alongside a development team at Redgate.

Simon Galbraith at Redgate, Cambridge . Picture: Keith Heppell. (14293189)
Simon Galbraith at Redgate, Cambridge . Picture: Keith Heppell. (14293189)

He said: “Redgate has years of experience in the database market and also has the resources to further develop and enhance Flyway many times faster than I can. This will make both the community and the commercial editions better for everyone.”

Redgate has pledged to maintain the free version of Flyway, available under the open source Apache v2 licence, and said it is committed to supporting and growing the open source community that has aided its development.

The company has significant credentials in supporting open source software. It already offers free versions of tools that work with open source software, like MySQL Compare, and was backed the development of Glimpse, the open source diagnostic platform for the web.

It also provides financial and development backing for other tools aiding database development, including tSQLt, the database unit testing framework, SQL Cover, the code coverage tool for T-SQL, and tSQLt Test Adapter, the Visual Studio tool for discovering and executing tSQLt tests.

Meanwhile, Redgage intends to continue its focus on extending its portfolio of SQL Server tools, used by 91 per cent of businesses in the Fortune 100.

Simon said: “Our work on the SQL Server platform is the foundation for everything we do. The Flyway acquisition now opens the door to seeing where that knowledge can be used to develop tools for other database platforms, based on what works best with SQL Server first.”

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