IBM to Acquire Green Hat

IBM has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Green Hat, a provider of software quality and testing solutions for the cloud and other environments. Financial terms were not disclosed.  

Founded in 1996, Green Hat is jointly headquartered in London, England and Wilmington, Delaware. Upon the acquisition close, Green Hat will join IBM's Rational Software business.

IBM says software testing can represent more than 50% of overall development costs, and that testing teams often spend more than 30% of their time managing the complexity of the test environment. Green Hat aims to help customers improve the quality of software applications by enabling developers to leverage cloud computing technologies. Green Hat creates a virtual environment that simulates a range of IT infrastructure elements, without the constraints of hardware or software services, so developers and quality professionals can test software earlier and more frequently throughout the software development lifecycle. According to IBM, by using Green Hat's solutions, a virtual test environment can be set up in a matter of minutes versus weeks, and for a fraction of the cost.   

"This acquisition extends IBM's leadership in driving business agility and software quality by changing the way enterprises can manage software development cost, test cycle time and risk," said Kristof Kloeckner, general manager, IBM Rational. "Together, we offer the most complete solution available today for agile software development and testing, with flexible options such as the cloud. Green Hat's application virtualization capabilities will help our customers accelerate their delivery of business critical software."

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