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Sun's N1 Push Leads to Terraspring

Looking to ease data center management capabilities within its N1 computing strategy, Sun Microsystems on Friday closed a deal to acquire start-up Terraspring. Details of the cash-for-stock transaction were not released.

Sun plans to use logical server farm software from Fremont, Calif.-based Terraspring to ramp up the virtualization capabilities of its own server and storage products.

Founded by former Sun employees with $54 million in start-up funding from Davidow Ventures and Accel Partners, Terraspring specializes in data center management software. The company's enterprise clients use the software to manage servers, storage and firewalls.

The Terraspring software works with multiple operating systems, including Windows/NT, Linux and Solaris.

Sun said the addition of Terraspring's software is a significant step in the execution of N1, the company's data center optimization strategy. "In this first phase of N1, separate network, compute and storage elements are transformed into a single supply of resources," the Santa Clara, Calif.-based firm said.

The company sees the integration of Terraspring's software as a way to lure customers into implementing the N1 architecture, which promises to simplify the complexity of managing data centers and lower operating costs.