Red Hat Backs Jaspersoft's Open Source BI

A new round of financing is set to bolster the open source startup as it competes against the big players in business intelligence.

Open source business intelligence (BI) vendor Jaspersoft has closed a new round of financing -- thanks to backers that now include Linux vendor Red Hat, has learned.

The round marks the first time that Red Hat has invested in Jaspersoft, a company with which it also partners as part of its Red Hat Exchange program.

"Jaspersoft has closed a round of financing and we're going to be announcing that all of our current investors have participated in this round and also added two new investors -- a late-stage growth fund called Adams Street and also Red Hat," Nick Halsey, vice president of marketing at Jaspersoft, told

According to Halsey, Jaspersoft's new round of financing totaled $12.5 million, bringing the company's total venture financing to $43.5 million to date.

Red Hat was not immediately available for comment. According to Jaspersoft, an official press release with a statement from Red Hat will be issued this week.

Once it does, it will confirm that Jaspersoft's open source approach to the BI market may be paying off despite the down economy. The company had originally been founded in 2005 as a proprietary vendor, later becoming open source.

"We're extremely pleased with our Red Hat partnership, and we want to be the best product to integrate with all of the leading open source solutions, and Red Hat clearly holds that position," Halsey said. "Strategic investments from your OEM and technology partners is helpful. Last time we had a round of financing, we had SAP participate."

While Jaspersoft, as a private company, does not publish its financials, Halsey said that having partners like SAP and, now, Red Hat join in financing Jaspersoft is a real endorsement of how well the company's business is doing.

The new round of financing also comes as Jaspersoft is rolling out version 3.1 of its Jaspersoft Business Intelligence Suite. The new release is focused on improved data visualization graphics, according to Halsey.

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