Sun Sees Future In Cloud Computing; Acquires Q-Layer

In a move aimed at beefing up its cloud computing offerings, Sun Microsystems has acquired the Belgian based cloud computing software provider Q-layer, for an undisclosed sum.

The privately held Q-layer is known for its sophisticated data center modeling software which is tailored to help companies structure their computing resources on to a seamless cloud computing layer.

Q-layer's proprietary NephOS software essentially operates via the current “virtualisation hypervisor technologies” similar to those from industry leaders such as VMware and it enables its users to set up their virtual data centres through an web based interface and affords them the flexibility to scale up their operations at quick notice.

In addition it incorporates a system of credits which can be allocated and also utilized by the end users willing to be a part of the cloud.

Explaining Sun rationale behind the acquisition, David Douglas, Senior Vice President of Sun’s Cloud’s computing unit mentioned that “Q-layer's technology and expertise will enhance Sun's offerings, simplifying cloud management and speeding application deployment."

It is interesting to note that cloud computing market is expected to stand at around $42 Billion by 2012 and Sun’s initiative is a prudent move aimed at garnering a prominent share in this emerging business opportunity.

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Sun can't be left behind in the race to the cloud. Ironically, Sun planned for the first Network Computers back in 1996 but they never took off for a number of reasons. The resurgence of low power computers like the Netbooks and smartphones could change all that. Like the Internet a decade ago though, Cloud computing is still quite nebulous.

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