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Sun Microsystems this week snapped up Q-Layer, a provider of middleware for dynamically provisioning cloud computing services -- a move that better positions Sun to offer the tools sought by companies running their own clouds.
Through the deal, terms of which were not disclosed, privately held Q-Layer's employees will become a part of Sun's (NASDAQ: JAVA) newly formed Cloud Computing business unit, which the company created late last year.
Juan-Carlos Soto, vice president of marketing for the unit, said Q-layer had a good grasp on a vital element of cloud provisioning.
Q-layer's technology simplifies cloud management by enabling users to quickly provision and deploy applications. The 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.