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HP buys Stratavia for hybrid clouds

HP spent an undisclosed amount purchasing Stratavia, which it hopes will simplify hybrid physical, virtual and cloud environments for its enterprise customers.

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HP acquires automation vendor Stratavia
Hewlett-Packard's move to buy Denver-based automation vendor Stratavia aims to smooth out the deployment and management of hybrid IT environments. The deal gives HP Stratavia's Data Palette Platform, which tackles such tasks as auto-discovery of database assets, tracking configurations and role-based access controls. Stratavia CEO Thor Culverhouse said the deal has potential to minimize downtime and mistakes.

This is only the latest appearance of HP's voracious appetite. In early August, the company announced plans to buy Fortify Software, also for an undisclosed sum. And, of course, the IT giant is right now in a bidding war with Dell over data storage company 3Par. No coyness on monetary figures here though, as both HP and Dell have thrown around several numbers, the latest of which is $1.8 billion -- an offer from HP that is $200 million more than its competitor's last bid. Stratavia must be turning green.

Cloud firms join forces to build enterprise on-ramp
Three cloud computing companies have joined together to produce an integrated technology platform to serve as an on-ramp for private and hybrids clouds in the enterprise. The platform was created by newScale, rPath and Eucalyptus Systems and aims to bring IT organization self-service clouds built on top of the vendors' current technologies and delivered by enterprise IT consulting firm MomentumSI.

The companies will also get together to demonstrate the platform in booth 102 at VMworld 2010 next week in San Francisco. Analyst Dana Gardner, quoted in the announcement, argues against some recent product pushes, saying that "cloud solutions won't come in a box" and that firms aren't prepared to offer enterprise customers products tied specifically to their needs. This, Gardner says, is looking to fill that void.

CSC cloud offerings lean on VCE's Vblock
Virginia-based managed services provider CSC announced that it is expanding its alliance with the Virtual Computing Environment coalition (VCE), a collaboration between Cisco, EMC and VMware. This action solidifies CSC's preference of the Vblock technology stack for its cloud migration tools.

The move helps CSC develop a global unit and create centers of excellence based on Vblock infrastructure. CSC's Trusted Cloud Managed Services will use the VCE product as the basis of its IaaS, PaaS and future SaaS offerings.

"Businesses are looking for ways to rapidly take advantage of the benefits of virtualization and secure cloud computing," said CSC chairman Michael Laphen.

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