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EMC Buys FastScale

Venture-backed FastScale picked up $12 million in two rounds, the second in April

EMC said Monday that it’s acquired FastScale Technology Inc for its Ionix Software Group, thinking its data center provisioning widgetry will increase the performance and scalability of private cloud infrastructures.

FastScale’s flagship Composer Suite is a fully automated platform for building, optimizing, managing and deploying application environments in physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures.

The technology streamlines software stacks automatically, dynamically deploying logical servers to physical, virtual or cloud anywhere from minutes to seconds, managing patches and configurations via policies and unifying the management of virtual, physical and cloud infrastructures.

It’s supposed to maximize virtual machine density so data centers can run up to three times more virtual machines without degrading performance.

It’s also supposed to decrease memory and disk usage by up to 75%, enabling some of the highest levels of tier-one application performance in the private cloud.

Terms were not disclosed and EMC said the acquisition won’t have a material impact on its revenue or EPS for the 2009 fiscal year.

FastScale was backed by ATA Ventures, Leapfrog Ventures and Hunt Ventures and picked up $12 million in two rounds, the second infusion this past April.

The acquisition of FastScale will extend EMC’s Ionix solutions for automating IT management solutions for the private cloud. It’s also supposed to help change the way customers approach compliance, security and configuration management in the private cloud.

Meanwhile, EMC is now a fully authorized reseller of VMware’s new vCenter AppSpeed and will push it and its own virtualization services through EMC Select as part of the Ionix portfolio.

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