VMware has acquired Dunes Technologies, a Swiss company that provides virtual environment automation technology.

VMware announced the move, which we predicted yesterday, at VMworld 2007, but didn't disclose the terms of the deal.

"As customers move toward large-scale virtual infrastructure deployments, they need solutions that allow them to maintain control over a growing number of virtual machines," said VMware products VP Raghu Raghuram. "Dunes has developed a powerful orchestration platform that will allow us to automate the entire virtual machine lifecycle from requisition to de-commissioning, while complementing existing VMware management and automation solutions such as VMware Lab Manager and the recently announced VMware Virtual Desktop Manager."

"With our products, VMware customers will be able to implement best practice operational processes for virtual infrastructure and ensure strict compliance with corporate IT standards and policies," said Stefan Hochuli Paychère, co-founder and CTO of Dunes.