VMware acquires virtualization company Akimbi

VMware, an EMC company, Tuesday announced that it has acquired Akimbi Systems, which makes software that captures operating system, application and configuration images.

Akimbi, a start-up with 30 employees, will be added to VMware's developer division. The company's software complements the server virtualization products of VMware.

Akimbi's Slingshot product allows IT managers to build a software test infrastructure to automate the setup and teardown of multiple virtual machine environments. Although Slingshot works with either VMware or Microsoft virtual machines, most of Akimbi's customers use VMware.

Akimbi competes with Surgient, which offers a hosted service. VMware will discontinue Slingshot, add features to it and reintroduce the product in the third quarter of this year.

Details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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