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Swsoft to acquire more firms; get into data center stuff

In the hotter than hot sector that is virtualisation software, Vmware may be the Ace but Swsoft is the Joker in the pack. The company is led by Sergeui Beloussov, a CEO with that rare gift for the role - a sense of humour.

Beloussov disclosed that he is closing on "several" acquisitions, one of which is likely to be announced early next week. This will be a company analogous to Opsware, the automation outfit that recently agreed to sell out to HP. Beloussov wouldn't name the company but Israel's The Marker is reporting the target as Sphera, a company that specialises in management tools for software-as-a-service firms.

"Virtualisation is just an ingredient but automation and provisioning are bigger," he said, justifying plans to make multiple deals. How many deals? "128," he deadpans. We told you he was a card.

With nigh on $100m in revenues from the Virtuozzo server virtualisation program and Parallels desktop virtualisation sibling, Swsoft is bulking up quickly but has no near-term plans to sell or even IPO.


Martin, from Le Inquirer, reporting...

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