We’ve looked in detail at VMware‘s acquisition of SpringSource, but if we’re honest it does remain a bit of a puzzle. The VMware faithful are perplexed and the Open Source community behind SpringSource is feeling a little bruised. OK, SpringSource has some management tools, but so do lots of people, and VMware does a lot of management so why is SpringSource being put into a separate division? And of course, SpringSource has development tools, but what is an infrastructure vendor doing buying a development tools vendor? It doesn’t happen very often, because it generally doesn’t make sense. There are too few obvious synergies.