A Sunny Day

What do you get when Sun gets into Cloud Computing? Rainbows! That’s the lousy joke that has been circling around at Q-layer for a couple of months now. And finally, yes finally, we can share it with the rest of the world. No, not the joke (it is really lame after all), but the fact that Sun Microsystems has acquired Q-layer. Boy, you can’t imagine how hard it is as a marketing guy to sit, read and not talk. Especially when the respected Reuven Cohen published this post.

Anyway, the times of absolute silence are behind us now, and – provided the integration of the Sun and Q-layer cloud teams continues as smoothly as it started – you will soon hear a lot more about Sun’s plans in the cloud space. I plan to write a lot more on this event in the next few days so stay tuned. For now, here is the official announcement:

Sun Microsystems Expands Cloud Computing Offerings with Acquisition of Q-layer

Q-layer Technology Simplifies Cloud Computing Development and Deployment

SANTA CLARA, CALIF. – January 7, 2009 – Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) today announced it has acquired Q-layer, a cloud computing company that automates the deployment and management of both public and private clouds. The Q-layer organization, based in Belgium, 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 building public and private clouds. As businesses continue to rely more on technology to drive mission-critical processes, the agility of the datacenter determines the flexibility of the entire company. 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 optimized 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, Sun Microsystems. “Q-layer’s technology and expertise will enhance Sun’s offerings, simplifying cloud management and speeding application deployment.”

Cloud computing brings compute and data resources onto the Web and offers higher efficiency, massive scalability and faster and easier software development. Sun is an ideal advisor and partner for companies that want to build cloud computing facilities within their organizations, and for companies and service providers that want to build publicly available cloud computing services. Sun has the open technology, expertise and vision to help companies build, run and use their own clouds.For more information on Sun’s cloud computing strategy, please visit: http://sun.com/cloud.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed as the transaction is not material to Sun.


~ by tomleyden on January 7, 2009.

One Response to “A Sunny Day”

  1. Hey, Tom – you’re a dark horse 😉 How did you manage to keep quiet about that one? Even the bad joke opportunity would be enough to tempt most people into spilling the beans.

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