Black Duck expands enterprise offering

Black Duck is to release its multiuser protexIP/development 3.0 software compliance management suite Tuesday together with a single-user version.

Black Duck Software is to make version 3.0 of its multiuser enterprise protexIP/development software compliance management suite generally available Tuesday. The startup is also unveiling a single-user release of the software targeting small businesses the same day, according to a company release.

The multiuser software will be called protexIP/development Enterprise Edition, while the single-user product will be known as protexIP/development Professional Edition, the release stated. Available as an annual software subscription, protexIP/development Professional Edition starts at US$9,500, while protexIP/development Enterprise Edition is priced from US$25,000.

The firm is due to unveil both products at the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) East taking place in Newton, Massachusetts, on Tuesday and Wednesday. At the conference, Black Duck will be one of 16 startups focusing on the open-source market chosen to exhibit at the event's Emerging Elite Showcase, according to the show's organizers.

ProtexIP/development Enterprise Edition 3.0 comes with a number of features aimed at improving the software's ability to analyze proprietary, open-source and third-party software to determine its license compliance, according to the release.

For instance, the release includes a String Search feature so that users can locate key words or phrases such as a license name, copyright or author in a specific code base. Also included is the ability to export the compliance analysis results in file formats HTML (Hypertext Makeup Language), XML (Extensible Markup Language) and .xls, Microsoft Corp.'s spreadsheet Excel file format. Version 3.0 is also able to analyze and recognize more Linux, Unix and Windows file types, the release stated

Black Duck first launched protexIP/development in May 2004. Since then, the company has been gradually developing more protexIP products all based on the same code base. In March of this year, the startup released its hosted protexIP/OnDemand software-compliance assessment product.

Earlier this month, Black Duck announced it was making the OnDemand software available free of charge from Oct. 18 through the end of this year. That move is designed to both net the startup more customers and to encourage them to transition to the company's higher-end offerings -- the two protexIP/development products.

Privately owned Black Duck is based in Waltham, Massachusetts. To date, the company has raised US$17 million in venture capital funding with investors including Intel Capital, Red Hat and SAP Ventures.

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