Sun acquires cloud company Q-layer

Software from Q-layer is designed to help companies simplify the management and deployment of data center applications.

Sun Microsystems announced Wednesday it has acquired Q-layer, a Belgium-based cloud-computing specialist.

Cloud computing

Q-layer's technology adds automation to both public and private clouds, allowing companies to simplify the management and deployment of data center applications. Its software will give customers greater flexibility in areas such as servers, storage, and bandwidth, Sun said.

Like many other companies in the tech sector, Sun has been orienting itself to cloud computing , a Web-focused spin on an old concept in which a sizable proportion of data and computing resources are hosted and managed in a central location, away from local machines.

Details of the deal were not disclosed. Q-layer was founded in 2005.

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