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Founded: 2007

Sun Microsystems was elevating its presence in the cloud with the acquisition of Q-layer, which is in the business of automation of cloud computing deployments. Q-layer became part of Sun’s cloud computing unit in 2007.

Exit: 2009

Q-layer’s technology simplifies and automates the deployment and management of both public and private clouds and allows users to quickly provision and deploy applications, a key component in Sun’s refocused strategy, - Acquired by SUN Microsystems (now Oracle) in 2009 - More than 3x return in 2 years for investors

  • First company in the world with ground-breaking cloud computing automation software
  • When acquired, Q-layer had committed revenue from customers in excess of $6.5 million
  • Q-layer was the last acquisition in the history of SUN Microsystems, before Oracle acquired it
  • SUN Microsystems acquired Q-layer to be the foundation of their new cloud strategy
  • Incubaid was advisor for Sun’s global cloud positioning and strategy
  • Their cloud strategy was seen as last attempt for SUN to reinvent itself