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ApceraEricsson announced an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Apcera, a US-based startup that provides a multi-workload deployment and management platform as a service (PaaS).

Apcera, which was founded in 2012, offers a cloud-based PaaS called Continuum which supports a range of applications and platforms and allows developers to take enterprise workloads, link them up with multiple services – for instance, connecting a Ruby application to a PostgreSQL databases – and deploy them on premise or in the cloud.

The offering also lets developers add policies, which are implemented as dynamic scripts that govern how resources – compute, storage and networking – are consumed by those services. These control and help automate the behaviour of both the applications and the platform being deployed to, even if the underlying applications and platforms are a mashup of virtualised, bare metal and containerised services.

Jason Hoffman, vice president and head of product line cloud software at Ericsson said the acquisition will help improve its ability to deliver cloud automation capabilities to telcos and complement other cloud-centric initiatives being led by the networking incumbent. He said establishing leadership in PaaS is a key priority for Ericsson.

“The beauty of the cloud is that it is much more efficient to develop, roll-out and operate applications. To realize the full potential, cloud environments need security and governance, which our partnership with Guardtime and our acquisition of a majority stake in Apcera provides,” Hoffman said.

“With these technologies in place, enterprises and individuals can trust the integrity and the confidentiality of their infrastructure,” he added.

Derek Collison, founder and chief executive officer of Apcera commented on the news: “Ericsson will enable us to accelerate our innovation of Continuum and provide enterprises the next-generation platform that enables them to achieve a significantly faster time-to-market as they deploy, orchestrate and govern a diverse set of workloads, both on premise and in the cloud.”

The acquisition, which is expected to close by the end of this year, will see Apcera remain independent, with Ericsson devoting “significant resources” toward its expansion.