Sun Acquires Q-layer in Cloud Computing Play

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In an effort to boost its refocused cloud computing initiative, Sun Microsystems (JAVA) has acquired Q-layer, a Belgian provider that automates the deployment of both public and private clouds. Sun says Q-layer’s technology will help users instantly provision servers, storage, bandwidth and applications. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, as the transaction “is not material to Sun.”

“Q-layer’s technology and expertise will enhance Sun’s offerings, simplifying cloud management and speeding application deployment,” said David Douglas, senior vice president of Cloud Computing and chief sustainability officer, Sun Microsystems

Q-Layer is using virtualization technologies to provide a virtual private data center similar in concept to the 3Tera technology being used by Layered Technologies, among others. Q-Layer’s founders worked in the managed hosting industry, and the company had been marketing its offering to hosting companies. Here’s a 5-minute video overview of Q-Layer and its technology from co-founder Niko Nelissen:

Sun is in the process of shifting its strategy in the cloud computing space. Its Network.com is “in transition” and closed to new users.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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