Novell to Buy XenSource? Altiris?
A former Novell executive thinks Novell may be getting ready to acquire a virtualization company. (LinuxWatch)Matt Asay, formerly the man in charge of Novells Linux and open-source strategy, thinks that Novell may be getting ready to buy up Altiris or XenSource sometime soon. In his blog, AC/OS, Asay wrote on Jan. 3 that "Word on the street is that the company has $200M or so burning a hole in its pocket, with Altiris and XenSource as potential acquisition candidates." "Both deals could make sense, albeit for very different reasons" to Asay. "Altiris had a small profit in 2005, and will improve on that in 2006. Its pricier ($750M market cap), but is local to Novells Utah office (makes geographic sense) but has nice overlap with Novells ZENworks product line."
What might really make Altiris Inc. interesting to Novell probably wouldnt be its server and service management programs, but its virtualization solution: Altiris Software Virtualization Solution. This is a well-regarded virtualization manager that does an excellent job of managing multiple virtual applications.