Red Hat Buys Virtualization Company; VMW, CTXS Slide

Competition is intensifying in the virtualization sector.

Red Hat (RHT) this morning announced an agreement to acquire Qumranet, an Israeli company that provides a virtualization software platform, for $107 million in cash.

Qumranet’s Web site says that “organizations use Qumranet’s first product, Solid ICE, to host Windows and Linux desktops centrally on servers in the data center.” Investors in the company included Sequoia Capital and Norwest Venture Partners.

The company said the acquisition will not materially increase revenue in the Feb. 2009 fiscal year, but should add “up to $20 million” in revenue in fiscal 2010. Red Hat said the deal is expected to be dilutive to 2009 GAAP EPS by 5-6 cents a share, and to cash flow from operations by 3-4 cents.

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