January 4, 2011 – In its first acquisition of the year, IBM announced a deal to buy software quality and testing solutions provider Green Hat. Financial terms of the proposed deal were not disclosed.

Green Hat solutions involve the creation of a virtual environment that simulates aspects of IT infrastructure relying on cloud, Web services, messaging, SOA, BPM and CEP from vendors such as IBM, SAP and TIBCO. In a news release on the announced deal, IBM stated that Green Hat solutions would add to its offerings for testing with continuous application integration, specifically with making virtual protocols and customization, and engagement with outside software.

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