How did I miss this event?
Previously I've blogged about Advanced Message Queue Protocol (AMQP), an effort by JPMorgan to commoditize messaging and break the back (i.e. save on the hugely expensive licensing costs) of the messaging behemoths Tibco and IBM.
According to this article RedHat bought an AMQP implementation from JPMorgan, improved it, then gave the implementation to the Apache Foundation as the QPid project. Currently there is a Java and C++ broker with clients in C++, Java (JMS), Ruby, Pyhton and C# for .NET.
Red Hat has the ambitious goal of enabling a server to process 1 million messages per second.
I guess JP didn't have an interest in maintaining the AMQP implementation, but RedHat are not exactly cheap when it comes to maintenance fees (but so far cheaper than Tibco and IBM).
Update: Microsoft have joined the AMQP working group!