Ericsson has acquired a majority stake in US-based start-up Apcera as it looks to extend its cloud offering for telcos and their enterprise clients.

Apcera, which was founded in 2012, has created a platform as-a-service (PaaS) solution called Continuum, which it described as a policy-driven platform for Dev, DevOps, Ops and IT Managers to deploy diverse workloads, orchestrate them as systems, and govern them on premise and in the cloud.

Ericsson said the deal will enable it to deliver complete cloud automation to run all workloads and use cases, while providing complete control for infrastructure.

Apcera will operate as a standalone company under Ericsson’s Networks business unit.

The Sweden-based vendor has promised to commit “significant funding” for the start up’s technology and global expansion of its enterprise sales channel.

It has not disclosed any financial details, but said the deal would be concluded in the fourth quarter of this year.

It follows a deal with Guardtime that Ericsson announced earlier this month to improve cloud security.

Jason Hoffman, Vice President and Head of Product Line Cloud Software, Ericsson said: "The beauty of the cloud is that it is much more efficient to develop, roll-out and operate applications.

“To realise the full potential, cloud environments need security and governance, which our partnership with Guardtime and our acquisition of a majority stake in Apcera provides. With these technologies in place, enterprises and individuals can trust the integrity and the confidentiality of their infrastructure."  

Apcera Founder and CEO Derek Collison added: “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."

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