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Oracle and Xsigo join forces

Oracle has confirmed a deal to acquire Xsigo Systems in an attempt to extend its virtualisation capabilities, the company announced today.

“Xsigo’s software-defined networking technology simplifies cloud infrastructure and operations by allowing customers to dynamically and flexibly connect any server to any network storage,” a spokesperson said.

“The proliferation of virtualised servers in the last few years has made the virtualization of the supporting network connections essential,” said John Fowler, Oracle executive vice president of systems.

“With Xsigo, customers can reduce the complexity and simplify management of their clouds by delivering compute, storage and network resources that can be dynamically reallocated on-demand,” he added.

The company claims that the combination of Xsigo for network virtualisation and Oracle VM for server virtualisation is expected to deliver a complete set of virtualisation capabilities for cloud environments.

“Customers are focused on reducing costs and improving utilization of their network,” said Lloyd Carney, Xsigo CEO.  “Virtualisation of these resources allows customers to scale compute and storage for their public and private clouds while matching network capacity as demand dictates.”

Although the terms and agreements are not known, the deal is expected to be finalised late 2012.

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