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IBM Acquires Cloud Software Testing Enabler, Green Hat

Big Blue stays in acquisition mode

After a spate of recent acquisition announcements from IBM like DemandTec Inc., Emptoris Inc. and Curam Software Ltd, the IT services giant continues to stay in mode with yet another one. IBM has just said that it is acquiring software quality improvement and cloud testing company Green Hat, which is headquartered in London, England, and Wilmington, Delaware, for an undisclosed amount.

Green Hat's application virtualization technology helps developers conduct testing on a software application by leveraging the cloud as a virtual test environment instead of the traditional method of running simulation testing by physically constructing a full-blown testing lab composed of both hardware and software. This becomes more relevant in the context of the current explosion in the mobile applications market for smartphones and tablets. These applications require shorter development cycles and so virtual regressions are more cost-effective and time-efficient.

Green Hat will bring additional functionality in terms of features, bandwidth and scalability to IBM's Rational Software business, which already offers a suite of software development and testing tools. The newly acquired testing solutions will be offered through IBM Global Business Services' Application Management Services (AMS).