Novell is to acquire virtual datacentre technology firm PlateSpin for £103m to enhance its next-generation datacentre offering.
PlateSpin offers systems for the management of heterogeneous workloads that encapsulate data, applications and operating systems residing on a physical or virtual host.
These systems improve the speed and quality of server consolidation, datacentre relocation and disaster recovery.
Novell and PlateSpin will deliver support for mixed infrastructure environments, offering products for complete workload lifecycle management and optimisation covering the Linux, Unix and Windows operating systems.
Novell said the combined solutions will help customers reduce costs, improve service levels and respond to fluctuating business requirements.
"Flexible, automated management products that fully leverage server resources and allow the movement of workloads are necessary for optimising the datacentre," said Stephen Elliot, an analyst at IDC.
"Over the next three years, heterogeneous virtualisation architectures will be the norm for most IT organisations. As such, they must purchase datacentre management products that offer an ongoing opportunity for lowering operational costs, as well as integrating and managing virtual machines across both server and storage infrastructures for greater control and visibility," Elliot said.
The acquisition of PlateSpin will provide Novell with extra tools that easily enable customers to move physical workloads to Xen-based virtual machines running on SUSE Linux Enterprise, as well as other virtual platforms provided by VMware, Citrix, Microsoft and others.
Novell said the acquisition will be completed in its second financial quarter. The firm will announce its first quarter results later this week.