Egenera acquires Fort Technologies; cloud management

Summary:U.S.-based Egenera seeks Ireland's Fort Technologies to bolster its enterprise-class cloud services and EMEA footprint.

Egenera, the Massachusetts-based cloud management company, announced this morning that it will acquire Dublin, Ireland-based Fort Technologies, which makes cloud lifecycle software.

As you can deduce from the above, the name of the game is enterprise-class cloud services. Egenera wants Fort's management capabilities for its PAN Cloud Director software, its EMEA -- that's Europe, Middle East, Africa -- customer base and its existing partner agreements.

Fort's personnel will be lumped into Egenera's Cloud Products group; the company's chief executive, Gerry Murray, will head Egenera's EMEA operations.

Fort's claim to fame is making it easier for the IT organization to design and deploy IT services -- they like to say that it's "a simple drag and drop exercise." According to its datasheet, the company is Linux-specific.

Meanwhile, Egenera focuses more on the back end, developing software that makes it easier for the enterprise to turn infrastructure elements (servers, physical and virtual; storage; switches; applications; operating systems) into elastic cloud resources.

The unified company and platform will address private and public cloud deployments for enterprise data centers, service providers and governments.

Topics: Cloud


Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. He is also the former editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation. He writes about business, technology and design now but used to cover finance, fashion and culture. He was an intern at Money, Men's Vogue, Popular Mechanics and the New York Daily Ne... Full Bio

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