VMware spiced up its VMWorld 2007 conference with some news of its own, saying it has acquired Dunes Technologies, a company that provides IT process orchestration software for virtual environments. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Orchestration - the intelligent monitoring and management of complex virtualized environments - has gotten more attention recently after featuring prominently in Cisco's announcement of its Data Center 3.0 strategy. In announcing the deal, VMware's Raghu Raghuram cited the importance of orchestration as virtualization becomes more widely implemented.
"As customers move toward large-scale virtual infrastructure deployments, they need solutions that allow them to maintain control over a growing number of virtual machines," said Raghuram, vice president of products and solutions at VMware. "Dunes has developed a powerful orchestration platform that will allow us to automate the entire virtual machine lifecycle from requisition to de-commissioning, while complementing existing VMware management and automation solutions such as VMware Lab Manager and the recently announced VMware Virtual Desktop Manager."
"We are pleased to be joining with VMware," said Stefan Hochuli Paych're, co-founder and CTO of Dunes. "As organizations continue to standardize on virtual infrastructure, they must have automation solutions that increase the efficiency of its management. With our products, VMware customers will be able to implement best practice operational processes for virtual infrastructure and ensure strict compliance with corporate IT standards and policies." Founded in 2001, Dunes Technologies has been financed and developed under the leadership of Affentranger Associates. Dunes Technologies is based in Lausanne, Switzerland with offices in Stamford, CT.
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