Sun acquires Q-layer to expand cloud computing offering

Sun Microsystems has expanded its cloud computing offering with the acquisition of Q-layer for an undisclosed sum.

Q-layer is a Belgian cloud computing...

Sun Microsystems has expanded its cloud computing offering with the acquisition of Q-layer for an undisclosed sum.

Q-layer is a Belgian cloud computing company that automates the deployment and management of both public and private clouds.

The Q-layer organisation will become part of Sun's Cloud Computing business unit which develops and integrates cloud computing technologies, architectures and services.

The Q-layer technology simplifies cloud management and allows users to quickly provision and deploy applications, a key component in Sun's strategy to enable the building of public and private clouds.

As businesses continue to rely more on technology to drive mission-critical processes, the agility of the datacentre determines the flexibility of the entire company, says Sun.

The Q-layer software supports instant provisioning of services such as servers, storage, bandwidth and applications, enabling users to scale their own environments to meet their specific requirements.

"Sun's open, network-centric approach coupled with optimised systems, software and services provides the critical building blocks for private and public cloud offerings," said David Douglas, senior vice-president of cloud computing and chief sustainability officer at Sun Microsystems.

"Q-layer's technology and expertise will enhance Sun's offerings, simplifying cloud management and speeding application deployment," he said.

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