HP added to its portfolio of enterprise-facing services on Thursday with the announcement that it has acquired database application automation company Stratavia for an undisclosed sum.
Stratavia will be worked into HP's 'software and solutions' portfolio so it can offer deployment, configuration and management services for enterprises' databases, middleware and packaged applications. It will also factor into HP's cloud service automation division by speeding up the deployment and automation of these services in cloud environments, HP said in a statement.
"As applications and IT environments become increasingly complex, organisations need to automate changes that range from large-scale application updates to simple one-line configuration updates," HP software and solutions chief Bill Veghte said in the statement.
The acquisition coincided with HP's current tussle with Dell to acquire 3Par, a company that specialises in cloud-friendly utility storage.
Stratavia has been building its own cloud efforts recently. At the end of 2009, it announced that it had teamed up with managed hosting provider Hostway Corporation to be an early partner of Hostway's Automation by Stratavia program, so it could syndicate its cloud-based database service through multiple partners. HP, too, has been focusing on the cloud with greater intensity: this year, it opened a dedicated cloud computing and cloud datacentre design research lab in Singapore to help drive its cloud efforts.
HP did not disclose the terms of its acquisition with Stratavia.