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Microsoft buys Opalis to strengthen cloud management capabilities

John Fontana | Dec. 14, 2009
Moving to strengthen its management tools related to virtual environments, Microsoft Friday said that it has purchased IT process automation vendor Opalis for an undisclosed sum.

On Wednesday, Microsoft created a server and cloud division that is under Muglia, who also has responsibility for the System Center management tools.

"The new organization ...signifies that we've moved beyond an advanced development project to an important and growing business for Microsoft," the Windows Azure team wrote on its blog on Wednesday. Opalis is the first major acquisition for that growing business.

Microsoft said Opalis will continue to fulfill commitments to existing customers and continue to deliver support during the transition. The company has over 300 customers including Chicos, Dow Chemical, Xerox and Kawasaki. Opalis will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary.


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