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Open source software vendor Red Hat has expanded its hybrid cloud portfolio following the acquisition of enterprise cloud automation firm ManageIQ.
The acquisition of ManageIQ was completed in late December 2012, but the company had been a partner to Red Hat’s Enterprise Virtualisation platform for some time.
Bryan Che, general manager of Red Hat’s cloud business unit, said: “With the closing of the acquisition, we now begin work to integrate ManageIQ’s enterprise cloud management and automation technologies with our complimentary Red Hat CloudForms hybrid Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution and our open Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization management solution.
“With this combination, we can offer our customers an unparalleled open hybrid cloud management portfolio,” Che added.
Analyst IDC expects spending on hybrid cloud services like Red Hat's to exceed $3.6 billion (£2.27 billion) by 2016.
“As more and more workloads are deployed across heterogeneous virtual, private cloud and public cloud datacentres, IT buyers are prioritising investments in management solutions that can automate and optimise end-to-end performance and capacity utilisation across these complex environments,” said Mary Johnston Turner, research vice president of enterprise systems management at IDC.
“Spending on cloud systems management software [is expected to grow] thanks to demand for these types of sophisticated tools,” she added.