Novell's secretive virtualisation buy

Unannounced acquisition comes to light in regulatory filing

In November, Novell quietly acquired a company whose resource virtualisation software is being used to bolster the datacentre automation capabilities of Novell’s ZENworks management package.

The company acquired RedMojo for US$9.72 million (NZ$14 million), but chose not to make an official announcement at the time.

“RedMojo was not considered a material acquisition,” says Kerry Adorno, a Novell spokesperson. “The company provided some technology that, combined with organic development from Novell, has helped to strengthen the datacentre management offerings we announced in November.” Novell cited the buyout in its quarterly report filed on March 1.

RedMojo’s Matrix System technology performs datacentre resource virtualisation. Through policies, IT managers use it to set service-level objectives and manage jobs and resource provisioning.

Novell has integrated RedMojo’s product into its ZENworks Orchestrator, which was announced in November. ZENworks Orchestration Server is a grid-based datacentre automation foundation that provides distributed job scheduling and workload management across server resources. The ZENworks suite of products accounts for 14% of Novell’s revenue.

Paul Morgan, CTO for RedMojo, has stayed on with Novell as a director of software engineering.

Novell’s last publicly announced acquisition was that of e-Security in April 2006.

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