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Sun Microsystems is elevating its presence in the cloud with the acquisition of Belgium-based Q-layer, which is in the business of automation of cloud computing deployments. Q-layer will become part of Sun’s cloud computing unit.

The official statement doesn’t provide much more details, and the terms of the agreement remain undisclosed ‘as the transaction is not material to Sun’.

Q-layer’s technology simplifies and automates the deployment and management of both public and private clouds and allows users to quickly provision and deploy applications, a key component in Sun’s refocused strategy, according to the company.

Q-layer was founded in 2005, has about 35 employees and bills itself as the first company to introduce full data center virtualization by integrating server, network and storage virtualization. The company raised a total of €8.3 million in two rounds, which currently converts to about $11.3 million.

Source: Virtualization.com

(Full disclosure: one of the co-founders of Q-layer, Niko Nelissen, is also one of the two founders of internet startup Oxynade, of which I’m also a partner).

  • http://neotechie.com NeoTechie

    This a move in the right direction for SUN. The core of Cloud computing is the internet. The Internet will continue to change the way we live and do business in ways we might net even thought of.

  • http://neotechie.com NeoTechie

    This a move in the right direction for SUN. The core of Cloud computing is the internet. The Internet will continue to change the way we live and do business in ways we might net even thought of.

  • James

    Sun Microsystems is elevating its presence in the cloud with the acquisition of Belgium-based Q-layer, which is in the business of automation of cloud computing deployments. Q-layer will become part of Sun’s cloud computing unit.

    http://www.jugargame.com/

  • James

    Sun Microsystems is elevating its presence in the cloud with the acquisition of Belgium-based Q-layer, which is in the business of automation of cloud computing deployments. Q-layer will become part of Sun’s cloud computing unit.

    http://www.jugargame.com/

  • Jayesh Reddy

    Robin – are you the editor of Virtualization.com and are you promoting your own site?

  • Jayesh Reddy

    Robin – are you the editor of Virtualization.com and are you promoting your own site?

  • http://techcrunch.com Robin Wauters

    I’m the editor of Virtualization.com, but I didn’t write the Q-layer post. The person that did, got information directly from one of the co-founders so it’s a good source. What does it matter anyway?

  • http://techcrunch.com Robin Wauters

    I’m the editor of Virtualization.com, but I didn’t write the Q-layer post. The person that did, got information directly from one of the co-founders so it’s a good source. What does it matter anyway?

  • http://www.teknovis.eu/ Teknovis

    I do not think that Sun, or anybody, knows yet how commercially successful cloud computing will be as a technology. However, as long as there is potential we will see the large companies continue to invest in it. This is likely to continue in both build and buy forms.

    I think that people are becoming increasingly aware of the potential advantages of cloud computing, but I do not think that people are aware yet of the potential risks. For example, Salesforce.com was offline recently for more than 1 hour (see http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/01/06/salesforce_outage/).

  • http://www.teknovis.eu/ Teknovis

    I do not think that Sun, or anybody, knows yet how commercially successful cloud computing will be as a technology. However, as long as there is potential we will see the large companies continue to invest in it. This is likely to continue in both build and buy forms.

    I think that people are becoming increasingly aware of the potential advantages of cloud computing, but I do not think that people are aware yet of the potential risks. For example, Salesforce.com was offline recently for more than 1 hour (see http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/01/06/salesforce_outage/).

  • Robert Greene

    Sun continues to make acquisitions in the Software space but name me one acquition that Sun has made that has been a success? Forte, Cobalt, Storagetek, Netdyamics, Mysql?

    Sun’s a hardware company and has never succeeded in making money in software. The Sun’s Board of Directors needs to wake up!

    Robert Greene
    CEO & Founder
    http://www.greenesearch.com

    • Varun

      @Robert,

      You forgot Forte becoming award-winning NetBeans IDE…

  • Robert Greene

    Sun continues to make acquisitions in the Software space but name me one acquition that Sun has made that has been a success? Forte, Cobalt, Storagetek, Netdyamics, Mysql?

    Sun’s a hardware company and has never succeeded in making money in software. The Sun’s Board of Directors needs to wake up!

    Robert Greene
    CEO & Founder
    http://www.greenesearch.com

    • Varun

      @Robert,

      You forgot Forte becoming award-winning NetBeans IDE…

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  • http://www.krazyidea.com idrees

    A hell of Hollywood, Bollywood, Lolywood Wallpapers and with a lot of entertainment, Plz come and join us http://www.krazyidea.com

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