IBM announced this week a definitive agreement to acquire Green Hat, a provider of software quality and testing products for the cloud and other environments. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Green Hat, founded in 1996 and headquartered in London and Wilmington, Del., helps organizations improve the quality of software applications by enabling developers to leverage cloud computing technologies to conduct testing on software applications prior to their delivery.

By using Green Hat’s products, a company can set up a virtual test environment in a matter of minutes, according to IBM. Green Hat creates a virtual environment that simulates a range of IT infrastructure elements, without the constraints of hardware or software services. This test environment allows developers and quality assurance professionals to test software earlier and more frequently throughout the development lifecycle.

When the acquisition is complete Green Hat will become part of IBM’s Rational Software business.

“Green Hat’s application virtualization capabilities will help our customers accelerate their delivery of business critical software,” Kristof Kloeckner, general manager, IBM Rational, said in a statement.

Green Hat software testing products also will be offered through IBM Global Business Services’ Application Management Services, provides strategy, design, implementation, testing and managed services for application virtualization to accelerate customer results.


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