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Microsoft Acquires FSLogix to Enhance Virtual Desktop Capabilities in Office 365

Written by David Marshall

Microsoft announced today that is has acquired FSLogix, a company that launched back in 2012 with a focus on reducing the amount of hardware, time and labor required to support virtual desktop platforms.  FSLogix products solve real world problems in a straightforward, easy to deploy way.  From small businesses to very large global enterprises across numerous industries, their solutions enhance customer experience and productivity, while reducing support requirements for IT departments.

FSLogix co-founder and CTO Randy Cook said the company's first two products, FSLogix Apps and FSLogix Profile Container, "focused on addressing critical needs that have existed from the dawn of desktop virtualization" while their most recent product, Office 365 Container, "is designed to enhance the Microsoft Office 365 experience in those virtual desktop environments."

FSLogix Apps, one of its flagship solutions, provides a unique approach to managing applications that allows you to create a single master disk image while hiding applications from end users that are not entitled to them.  It can also be used to enforce device-based licensing.  FSLogix Profile Containers are getting rid of folder redirection, and optimizing login and application start times, and virtually eliminating profile corruption and login storms.
 

IBM To Acquire Red Hat, Completely Changing The Cloud Landscape And Becoming World's #1 Hybrid Cloud Provider

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IBM and Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source cloud software, announced that the companies have reached a definitive agreement under which IBM will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Red Hat for $190.00 per share in cash, representing a total enterprise value of approximately $34 billion.

"The acquisition of Red Hat is a game-changer. It changes everything about the cloud market," said Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "IBM will become the world's #1 hybrid cloud provider, offering companies the only open cloud solution that will unlock the full value of the cloud for their businesses.

"Most companies today are only 20 percent along their cloud journey, renting compute power to cut costs," she said. "The next 80 percent is about unlocking real business value and driving growth. This is the next chapter of the cloud. It requires shifting business applications to hybrid cloud, extracting more data and optimizing every part of the business, from supply chains to sales."

"Open source is the default choice for modern IT solutions, and I'm incredibly proud of the role Red Hat has played in making that a reality in the enterprise," said Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO, Red Hat. "Joining forces with IBM will provide us with a greater level of scale, resources and capabilities to accelerate the impact of open source as the basis for digital transformation and bring Red Hat to an even wider audience -  all while preserving our unique culture and unwavering commitment to open source innovation."

CloudHealth Technologies Is Now Part Of VMware

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On Thursday of last week, VMware closed its acquisition of CloudHealth Technologies, extending cloud management beyond VMware's previous capabilities in private and hybrid cloud and into the public cloud.  VMware partners will soon be able to offer the cloud management platform as an integrated offering to their clients.  While terms of the deal weren't discussed, Reuters put the price tag at approximately $500 million.

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Software AG Acquires Built.io to Accelerate Leadership in Hybrid and Cloud Integration

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Software AG today announced the acquisition of Built.io, a San Francisco-based market-leading iPaaS company. Founded by serial entrepreneurs Nishant Patel, Neha Sampat and Matthew Baier, software vendor Built.io introduced its iPaaS offering, Built.io Flow in 2015. It has subsequently been named a Challenger in Gartner's 2018 "Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service" and was named a Cool Vendor in the report "Cool Vendors in Pervasive Integration, 2016."

Built.io's Flow and Embed products will come together as a single integrated offering with Software AG's globally recognized webMethods Integration Platform.

Flexera Acquires Top Multi-Cloud Management Provider, RightScale

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Flexera announced today it has acquired RightScale, the recognized industry leader in multi-cloud management and cost optimization.  This gives Flexera the top technology asset management offering across software, hardware, SaaS and cloud services.  By adding RightScale's proven products to its portfolio, Flexera takes a big leap forward in helping solve the critical problem of cloud services overspend and control.

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"We're very excited about this acquisition - it's transformational for Flexera and our customers," said Jim Ryan, CEO of Flexera.  "60 percent of IT's budget is driven by spend in software, hardware and cloud.  Public cloud spend is growing rapidly and our customers have been very clear on their desire to manage public cloud costs with Flexera, just like they do for desktop, datacenter, SaaS and other IT assets."

NetApp Acquires StackPointCloud

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NetApp announced it acquired StackPointCloud, a leader in multi-cloud Kubernetes as-a-service and a contributor to the Kubernetes project. The combination of StackPointCloud with NetApp creates NetApp Kubernetes Service, the industry's first complete Kubernetes platform for multi-cloud deployments and a complete cloud-based stack for Azure, Google Cloud, AWS, and NetApp HCI. NetApp will also benefit from the knowledge and experience of StackPointCloud's CEO Matt Baldwin and other members of the team.

NetApp Kubernetes Service is immediately available at cloud.netapp.com for customers to deploy and manage clusters and applications across the clouds. NetApp customers will be able to more easily manage data and applications in the cloud and across clouds, they can put the data where it needs to be.

Nutanix Announces Intent to Acquire Frame to Deliver DaaS from Multiple Clouds

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Nutanix announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mainframe2, Inc. ("Frame"), a leader in cloud-based Windows desktop and application delivery. With Frame, Nutanix customers will be able to deliver desktops-as-a-service (DaaS) from multiple clouds, combining the consumer-grade simplicity and web-scale design of cloud applications with the functionality of traditional virtual desktop applications. The closing of the acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions.

According to Gartner, "by 2019, 50% of new VDI users will be deployed on DaaS platforms." The report goes on to state that, "interest in DaaS has resurfaced as a hot topic with midsize organizations that have progressed and matured their cloud strategies." (Gartner, Inc., When Midsize Organizations Should Select Desktop as a Service, Nathan Hill, Refreshed: July 19, 2018 | Published: 31 January 2017) Taking advantage of Frame's cloud-native architecture, Nutanix will extend the service to Xi Cloud and Google Cloud Platform, while continuing support for popular third-party clouds like AWS and Azure. This will provide customers with a genuine multi-cloud deployment model, consistent with Nutanix's philosophy of customer choice.

Qualys Acquires 1Mobility

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Qualys, Inc., a pioneer and leading provider of cloud-based security and compliance solutions, today announced that it has acquired the software assets of 1Mobility, Singapore. 

The acquisition now allows Qualys to provide enterprises of all sizes with the ability to create and continuously update an inventory of mobile devices on all versions of Android, iOS and Windows Mobile in their environment; and to continuously assess their security and compliance posture, while quarantining devices that are compromised or out-of-compliance. It also allows Qualys to extend its PCI certification to mobile devices and to deliver a highly scalable Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution that permits the distribution of apps and security policies over the air (OTA) to corporate or employee-owned devices (BYOD).

"With the acquisition of 1Mobility, Qualys is uniquely positioned to provide visibility across on-premises, endpoints, cloud(s) and now mobile and IoT environments," said Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO, Qualys, Inc. "This is critical as companies are accelerating their digital transformation and looking at ways to consolidate their current security and compliance stack while expanding their mobile workforce. 1Mobility has built a comprehensive and well-architected technology that allows organizations to manage and secure mobile and IoT devices at scale, and we welcome them to the Qualys family."

InterVision Expands Its DRaaS and IaaS Offerings with the Acquisition of Industry Leader Bluelock

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InterVision is pleased to announce the acquisition of Bluelock, a recognized leader in Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions.

"Bluelock is an accomplished provider and one of the most sought after brands in the fast-growing DRaaS space," said Aaron Stone, President and CEO of InterVision. "Bluelock has built a top notch organization with an industry leading DRaaS solution, a loyal client base, and exceptional customer satisfaction. This acquisition positions InterVision to better address the changing needs of our clients in today's high-uptime and compliance-driven IT Marketplace."

Google Announces Intent to Acquire Xively for $50 Million



Written by David Marshall

Google has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Xively, a division of LogMeIn, Inc. for $50 million.

To better set the stage for the growing market landscape, the company said by 2020, it's estimated that about 20 billion connected things will come online, and analytics and data storage in the cloud are now the cornerstone of any successful IoT solution. 

Google stated the deal will "complement" its Google Cloud efforts to provide a fully managed IoT service that easily and securely connects, manages, and ingests data from globally dispersed devices. Adding, "With the addition of Xively's robust, enterprise-ready IoT platform, we can accelerate our customers' timeline from IoT vision to product, as they look to build their connected business."