Red Hat Inc. (NYSE: RHT) is acquiring information-technology automation company Ansible Inc. The buyer expects the deal to help customers more simply deploy and manage cloud and other software.

Ansible, headquartered in New York, helps companies organize and automate cloud-based applications. The company has about $6 million in venture capital backing from Menlo Ventures and e.ventures.

"Ansible is a clear leader in IT automation and DevOps, and helps Red Hat take a significant step forward in our goal of creating frictionless IT," says Joe Fitzgerald, vice president of management for Red Hat.

Raleigh, North Carolina-based Red Hat provides open source software services and cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technology. Red Hat has made other acquisitions, including Polymita Technologies SL and FuseSource.

There have been a slew of technology and software-related deals recently. On Oct. 14, Thoma Bravo-backed Hyland Software Inc. agreed to buy LawLogix Group Inc., a maker of legal software, from PNC RIverarch Capital and Akoya Capital Partners. Also in October, Roper Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ROP) made a deal for Madison Dearborn-backed Aderant Holdings Inc., which makes software for law firms. 

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