Engine Yard Acquires Deis Leader OpDemand

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Transaction Enables Engine Yard to Give Customers World-class Support for Docker Containers and Greater Orchestration Across Public and Private Clouds

Engine Yard, the leading cloud orchestration platform, today announced that it has acquired OpDemand, the developer of Deis, the first open source application platform purpose-built for Docker. With the addition of OpDemand, Engine Yard can offer customers more flexibility in application languages. The company will be able to provide full stack support for both Docker containers in public and private clouds, as well as traditional applications running on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Cloud Computing: Explorys Inc. is acquired by IBM, which is beefing up its health-focused data analytics efforts

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IBM announced late Monday, April 13, it had acquired Explorys Inc., a Cleveland Clinic spinoff that helps hospitals analyze patient data.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. In a news release, IBM, the Armonk, N.Y.-based computer powerhouse, shared little of its plans for the newly acquired company other than to say than it is now part of the company’s newly launched Watson Health unit. The Watson technology, with which the Clinic has experimented in recent years, is perhaps best known for handily defeating some of the best Jeopardy! contestants of all time.

IBM also announced its Watson division will work with tech heavyweights Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic. In addition to the Explorys acquisition, IBM also announced it had purchased and Phytel, a cloud-based computer services company based out of Dallas...

Cloud Computing: Mobile Authentication Startup Toopher Acquired By Salesforce

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Cloud computing giant Salesforce has acquired Toopher, an Austin, Texas based security software startup. The news was announced on Toopher’s site and confirmed to TechCrunch by Salesforce. Terms of the deal were undisclosed. According to Toopher’s post, the company has stopped selling its products as its team prepares to join Salesforce.

“We are thrilled to join Salesforce, where we’ll work on delivering the Toopher vision on a much larger scale as part of the world’s #1 Cloud Platform. We can’t imagine a better team, technology and set of values with which to align,” wrote founders Josh Alexander and Evan Grim...

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Cloud Computing: Amazon buys 2lemetry in a possible move toward Internet of Things

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Amazon acquired a startup called 2lemetry that offers technology for sending, receiving and analyzing data from Internet-connected devices and machines. Terms of the deal, first reported by TechCrunch and confirmed by Amazon, were not disclosed.

It's unclear exactly what Amazon will do with the startup, which was founded in 2011 and is based in Denver. Amazon said only that it would continue to support 2lemetry's customers, which include Honeywell, the Demeter energy group, and First Mile, which recycles office equipment...

Cloud Computing: IBM Buys Deep Learning Startup To Boost Watson

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Big Blue moved to beef up its Watson artificial intelligence operation with the acquisition of AlchemyAPI, a machine-learning systems maker. Announced Wednesday, the deal aims to bring 40,000 new developers into IBM’s Watson developer community.

IBM said it plans to integrate AlchemyAPI’s deep-learning technology into the core of its Watson platform, augmenting Watson’s abilities to identifiy hierarchies and understand relationships within large sets of data Relevant Products/Services. The company said it expects the new technology to significantly improve Watson’s learning capabilities. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed...

Hitachi boosts Cloud SAP portfolio with oXya purchase

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 Hitachi Data Systems is set to acquire SAP Cloud service provider, oXya, in a bid to extend its portfolio of managed Cloud services.  The acquisition is expected to close by the end of March and is subject to customary closing conditions.

Upon the close of the acquisition, oXya, with more than 500 employees, will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Data Systems and will continue to execute its current business model under oXya vice-president and chairman, Frederic de Belloy, reporting to Hicham Abdessamad, HDS executive vice-president, Global Services...

Cloud Computing: Infosys buys US software group Panaya

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Infosys has bought US-based technology group Panaya in a $200m deal, marking the most significant step in chief executive Vishal Sikka’s drive to offer high-end software and boost the outsourcer’s growth. On Monday, the Bangalore-based group announced it had acquired Panaya, which was founded by an Israeli entrepreneur in 2006 but has its headquarters in California, in an all-cash deal based on an enterprise value of $200m.

Panaya specialises in automation technologies, in particular those that can help large companies manage and upgrade complex software packages bought from the likes of US-based Oracle or German technology group SAP. Infosys’s move provides the clearest indication yet of the direction outlined by Mr Sikka since he took the helm of the group last June, having previously been SAP’s chief technology officer...

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Watch out for Adobe to make some big cloud acquisitions this year

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With the long-awaited IPO of cloud storage company Box now a bona fide success, what's next for the hot cloud computing industry?  We talked to early Box investor Byron Deeter, a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners who created BVP's index of public cloud companies.

Since creating that index in 2013, the market cap of public cloud companies has grown from $100 billion to $165 billion, and there are now 25 cloud companies with valuations over $1 billion...

Microsoft agrees to buy Revolution Analytics to boost cloud

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Microsoft agreed to buy startup Revolution Analytics, which makes tools to sift through data, to help the company build up its cloud-services business.  Terms weren't disclosed. The deal was driven by the growing volumes of data that companies are contending with and the need for more software that can help analyze the information, Microsoft said in a blog post on Friday. Revolution Analytics, based in Mountain View, California, makes a statistics programming language called R that helps analyze data.

Microsoft is competing with companies such as Google and Inc. to provide computer services over the Internet, which is known as cloud computing. Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella has made the cloud a priority as he tries to reinvigorate the Redmond, Washington-based software company...

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Datapipe Acquires GoGrid Cloud for Big Data Apps

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While interest in all things Big Data is clearly high, the ability of most organizations to actually manage it is severely limited. With that issue in mind Datapipe announced that the MSP is acquiring GoGrid, a provider of a cloud services that automates the deployment of Big Data applications. Craig Sowell, chief marketing officer for Datapipe, said that ability to test Big Data applications and then deploy them with a single click across multiple cloud computing platforms was the primary reason Datapipe made the acquisition.

Big data and the cloud

Going forward, Sowell said Datapipe anticipates that demand for Big Data applications in the cloud will grow significantly; primarily because the laws of data gravity generally result in applications being deployed as close as possible to their primary sources of data. Given the relatively low cost of storing large amounts of data in the cloud, the weight of all that data is pulling more applications into the cloud, said Sowell...