IBM acquires Green Hat for cloud software testing
By Asia Cloud Forum staff 05-Jan-2012
IBM 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 undisclosed.
Founded in 1996 and jointly headquartered in London and Delaware. Green Hat helps software developers conduct testing on applications prior to their delivery, using cloud computing technologies.
Traditional software program simulation testing requires a development team to construct an actual testing lab consisting hardware and software. This time consuming and labor intensive process is compounded with the increasingly short development cycles, such as those for smart phones and tablets. Green Hat’s solutions helps set up a virtual test environment in a matter of minutes versus weeks, and for a fraction of the cost.
Exceeds 50% of overall development cost
Recent industry reports suggest that software testing represents more than 50% of overall development costs, and testing teams often spend upwards of 30% of their time managing the complexity of the test environment (National Institute of Standards and Technology). Green Hat creates a virtual environment that simulates a wide range of IT infrastructure elements, without the constraints of hardware or software services.
Upon closing of the acquisition, Green Hat will join IBM’s Rational Software business.
“Green Hat’s application virtualization capabilities will help our customers accelerate their delivery of business critical software,” said Kristof Kloeckner, general manager, IBM Rational.
“We are looking forward to bringing Green Hat’s innovative application virtualization and continuous integration testing expertise to IBM customers who have a growing business need to better manage their complex testing environments,” said Peter Cole, CEO, Green Hat.
The Green Hat software testing solutions also will be offered through IBM Global Business Services’ Application Management Services (AMS). IBM AMS provides strategy, design, implementation, testing and managed services for application virtualization to accelerate customer results.
Michael Azoff, principal analyst at Ovum, said: "IBM’s announcement to acquire Green Hat will complement its existing application lifecycle management tools portfolio in providing a capability to rapidly setup test labs for complex heterogeneous systems spanning mainframe to distributed environments, including cloud and mobile.
"Green Hat provides a virtualized solution to this complexity that allows individual virtualized components to be switched in turn to their live counterparts and for effective systems testing to be performed. The drive towards agile development with higher frequency of testing and also testing earlier in the lifecycle is producing huge pressures on QA. Green Hat reduces the time to set up, run, and return back to neutral test labs and removes impediments to agile processes in mission-critical, large scale projects," Azoff added.