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What is being announced?

On May 25, 2017, Red Hat announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Codenvy. The acquisition is subject to certain customary closing conditions.


How many people are employed by Codenvy and where are they located?

Codenvy has approximately 40 associates. Its head office is in San Francisco; they also have offices in Ukraine and Luxembourg.


What does Codenvy do and how is it used?

Codenvy is a cloud-native development tool that combines runtimes, projects and an integrated development environment (IDE) into a portable universal workspace that addresses the configuration and sharing challenges created by localhost developer workspaces, allowing contributions to a project without having to install software.

Here’s how Codenvy is used:

  • Developers use Codenvy to create workspaces with production runtimes containing their projects and tools, enabling them to code with the IDE, language and version control system of their choice. With Codenvy, developers can work from their computer and define single machine or multi-machine workspaces – even mirror production. Developers can use Codenvy to set up a workspace to learn a new language or teach a class, build a public code portfolio that can be built and run by another user, or simplify contribution flow for open source projects and communities.

  • Teams use Codenvy to create a consistent workflow for reproducible and collaborative developer workspaces. With Codenvy, every team gets the one-click developer environment benefits that developers love about Codenvy, but with team-focused capabilities like custom runtimes, collaboration and fine-grained permissions. Teams can use Codenvy to onboard new developers into the team with zero lag time, collaborate with devs and stakeholders before committing, simplify the code review process, and share coding ideas and hack spaces with zero effort.

  • Enterprises use Codenvy to manage workspaces at scale with programmable and customizable infrastructure. With Codenvy, enterprises not only have access to one-click developer environments and team onboarding and collaboration, but a true DevOps workspace platform with the ability to control system performance, availability, and functionality. Enterprises can use Codenvy to operate and customize their own workspace cloud, onboarding new developers and consultants without lag time, automating the creation of dev workspaces, integrating Codenvy workspaces in issue management tools, and enabling collaboration between devs and stakeholders pre-commit.


Why did Red Hat acquire Codenvy? How does Codenvy complement Red Hat’s current Developer offerings?

As Red Hat continues to evolve its developer offerings, Red Hat expects Codenvy and Eclipse Che to play an important role in our next generation of cloud-native development tools. Codenvy is more than a web based IDE, it is a complete workspace management system designed to make cloud native, container-based development easier. With the announcement of at Red Hat Summit, Red Hat has shown its commitment to creating next-generation development tools. Codenvy brings important technology and experience to help make a success.


Will Red Hat open source Codenvy technology?

Codenvy is based on Eclipse Che, the popular open source developer workspace server and cloud IDE. Red Hat has long shown its commitment to open-sourcing the technology it acquires, and we have no reason to expect a change in this approach. Our specific plans and timeline will be determined over the coming months.


Will Red Hat continue contributing to the Eclipse Che community?

Yes. Eclipse Che, was formed in 2014. Codenvy delivered the technology stack Che is based on and continues to be a top contributor to the Eclipse Che community. In 2016, Red Hat also joined the Eclipse Che community, adding contributors and committers focused on improvements around workspace runtimes, supporting orchestration and composition formats for workspaces and improving the edit / build / test lifecycle of container images from within the IDE.

With Red Hat’s long history of successfully guiding open source communities for the benefit of all members, the Eclipse Che community can feel confident in a continuation of the vital vibrant open source ecosystem Codenvy has worked to foster with Eclipse Che well into the future.


What does this deal mean for existing Codenvy customers?

Codenvy will continue to honor client contracts and provide service and support as required. The combination of Codenvy and Red Hat offers an industry-leading portfolio of open source solutions for modern and agile development of container-based, cloud-native apps, along with world-class support and an extended partner network.


I’m a Codenvy customer – who should I call for support?

Customers should contact Codenvy for support as they did before the transaction. Visit for details.


How will the acquisition impact Codenvy partners?

Codenvy and Red Hat share a deep commitment to their partners and the belief that partners are vital to our success. Red Hat looks forward to the opportunity to collaborate with Codenvy’s partners.


Where can I get more information on this news?

  1. Read a press release on the news:

  2. Read a blog post from Harry Mower:

  3. Read a blog post from Codenvy:

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