Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) is making a play in the mobile applications development business with a startup whose services it offers through Red Hat’s own offerings.

The world’s top Linux software developer and services provider is one of three new investors backing California-based Appcelerator in a new $15 million round of financing. Mayfield Fund and TransLink Capital also invested along with several previous backers, including eBay.

“The alliance of Appcelerator’s leading mobile platform with Red Hat’s leading platform-as-a-service lets developers create an exciting world of mobile applications that engage users and scale seamlessly,” said Issac Roth, PaaS Master at Red Hat. “We are working to make the experience using these two products together an easy-to-use and powerful one for companies of any size.”

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The deal was announced Tuesday morning.

Based in Mountain View, Calif., Acelerator has raised $31.5 million.

The company offers developers a mobile platform for development of web applications. Developers have used its technology to create more than 30,000 mobile apps. Appcelerator says it is the largest such developer.

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