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Black Duck Software Releases The Black Duck Suite, Provides Automated Platform for Innovation with Open Source

Enables Faster, Lower Cost Innovation with Open Source Software while Minimizing The Risks and Challenges

WALTHAM, Mass., March 9, 2009 - Black Duck Software, a leading provider of products and services for accelerating software development through the managed use of open source software, today announced the release of the Black Duck® Suite, a comprehensive management platform that integrates individual products to provide new levels of automation and efficiency. The Black Duck Suite enables development organizations to take advantage of open source components while addressing the associated management, compliance and security challenges. The lower-cost economics of open source unlocked by the Black Duck Suite enables developers to focus on creating innovative business value instead of “reinventing the wheel.”

"In a difficult economy with less resources to invest in commercial software, we already see organizations evaluating and expanding usage of open source, yet many companies aren't aware of the breadth of their existing open source adoption, or the associated code management, security and compliance issues," said Melinda Ballou, program director for IDC's Application Life Cycle Management service. "Combining open source assessment with a context for addressing compliance and licensing issues is key for users in a disrupted, global economy. This is particularly the case as users remain overly optimistic about the costs of poor code management, quality and compliance violations."

The Black Duck Suite addresses the broad set of management, compliance and security problems that surface when open source components are used at significant scale in software development. Features that address these problems include a searchable internal catalog, a customizable approval workflow and the industry’s most comprehensive KnowledgeBase of open source information. With the Black Duck Suite, customers may choose from an array of features to tailor a solution to their individual requirements.

Unlike competitive offerings that focus on narrow aspects of licensing or security for individual users, the Black Duck Suite scales to provide an automation platform for open source management and compliance across global enterprises. The Black Duck Suite brings together the Code Center, Export and Protex enterprise products into a unified framework, and also includes a robust SDK which enables integration with IBM Rational, Microsoft and other development tools and environments.

The Black Duck Suite includes the following updated capabilities:

  • Integrated platform architecture and common user interface
  • Expanded security vulnerability tracking includes over 35,000 common vulnerabilities and exposures
  • Expanded encryption coverage for export compliance by 36% to 450 standard algorithms, plus updates for the October 2008 BIS rules
  • New Software Developer’s Kit with web services API

“InfoPrint’s industry-leading production color and monochrome printers contain embedded software that we manage according to a set of open source policies,” stated Mike Munger, Senior Technical Staff Manager at InfoPrint Solutions Company, a joint venture between IBM and Ricoh. “We chose Black Duck automation to improve productivity by supporting our software license approval processes, code validation and security alert processes. And more importantly, it gives us the highest confidence that we are in compliance with the licenses for the open source software embedded in our products.”

“Black Duck offers the only unified suite of products designed to automate and simplify the managed reuse of open source code,” said Timothy Yeaton, President and CEO, Black Duck Software. “With the Black Duck Suite, development organizations can realize the transformational economics and increased velocities afforded by using open source, and do so at significant scale - while mitigating associated licensing, security and other risks.”

To learn more about how the Black Duck Suite aids open source adoption and deployment - and to hear Black Duck CEO Tim Yeaton's reflections on the recent Olliance Group Open Source Think Tank - listen to the podacst at:

About Black Duck Software

Black Duck Software is the leading global provider of products and services for accelerating software development through the managed use of open source and third-party code. Black Duck™ enables companies to shorten time-to-market and reduce development and maintenance costs while mitigating the risks and challenges associated with open source reuse, including hidden license obligations, security vulnerabilities, unsupported open source and version proliferation. The company is headquartered near Boston and has offices in San Francisco, Frankfurt, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong, as well as distribution partners throughout the world.

Black Duck, Know Your Code and the Black Duck logo are registered trademarks of Black Duck Software, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. Koders is a trademark of Black Duck Software, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

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Listen to a podcast with Tim Yeaton sharing insights on the future of open source from Olliance Group's Open Source Think Tank.


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