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Mountain View Data Acquires PowerCockpit

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Mountain View Data Tuesday revealed it has purchased what remained of the company formerly known as TurboLinux.

Mountain View Data Tuesday revealed it has purchased PowerCockpit, a software deployment and provisioning tool that originally belonged to TurboLinux.

PowerCockpit is a software deployment and provisioning tool developed by the former Linux vendor. It is designed for managing groups of Linux and Windows servers over a network and in grid computing environments.

The software has been on the market for about a year.

Mountain View purchased PowerCockpit via auction, Mountain View President and CEO Cliff Miller told ServerWatch. Further details of the transaction were not disclosed.

The remaining TurboLinux assets were purchased by the Japan-based software company Software Research Associates last August.

Miller is no stranger to PowerCockpit. Prior to his tenure at Mountain View, he helped found TurboLinux and served as its president and CEO until early 2000 when he left to establish Mountain View.

“The acquisition of PowerCockpit positions Mountain View as a leader in the emerging clustered computing market. PowerCockpit was developed by a world-class team. It truly is a software masterpiece,” Miller said.

Miller noted that PowerCockpit is complementary to Mountain View’s other offerings — MVD Powered NAS, MVD Sync, and MVD Snap.

Down the line, Miller foresees PowerCockpit being the base product that servers as the framework for other Mountain View products. The three offerings already on the market, along with other future products, will be modules for PowerCockpit.

In the days following the acquisition, Mountain View has forged ahead to form partnerships and alliances. It has already licensed PowerCockpit to Corosoft, which will embed it into its products and will work with Mountain View to develop and market PowerCockpit.

The company is also establishing a developers program so that third parties can create PowerCockpit module applications for vertical markets. Miller believes this emphasis will take the product in a new direction.

Its development schedule is equally aggressive. Version 2.0 of PowerCockpit is scheduled to hit the shelves in mid-March.

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