IBM To Acquire Silverpop, Enlarges Cloud Computing Services

Grazed from MediaPost. Author: Laurie Sullivan.

IBM reported Thursday entering into an agreement to acquire Silverpop, a privately held software company based in Atlanta, Ga., as it attempts to grab a bigger share of cloud computing to support marketing services. Big Blue believes combining its enterprise marketing portfolio with Silverpop's marketing automation and real-time personalization technology will create the most complete and advanced customer engagement solution for all types of businesses, start-ups to multinational enterprises.

Privately held Silverpop employs about 500. Founded in 1999, it supports email marketing, lead management, multichannel marketing and marketing automation. The company extends IBM’s client base to power the marketing capabilities of 8,000 organizations in more than 50 countries worldwide...

SAP Agrees to Acquire Fieldglass in Cloud-Computing Push

Grazed from Bloomberg. Author: Aaron Ricadela.

SAP AG agreed to acquire Fieldglass, a U.S. software supplier that specializes in managing contract workforces, furthering the German company’s push into Internet-based applications. Fieldglass, whose programs help businesses oversee contract employees and projects, would complement earlier acquisitions of personnel software supplier SuccessFactors Inc. and online marketplace Ariba Inc., Walldorf, Germany-based SAP said today.

Closely-held Fieldglass in 2010 received an investment from private-equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners LLC valuing the Chicago-based company at more than $220 million. The deal is the latest in a string of takeovers by Co-Chief Executive Officers Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe over the past four years in an attempt to vault SAP into the expanding market for cloud-computing tools delivered to customers online...

Cloud Computing: Computex Technology Solutions Acquires ENETsolutions

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Computex Technology Solutions, a nationwide IT services company, today announced it has completed the acquisition of Houston-based ENETsolutions, one of the top U.S. managed services providers (MSPs) and Cisco Gold networking partners. The acquisition strengthens Computex Technology Solutions' advanced technology offerings around cloud services and unified communications.

Specifically, it boosts the company's networking infrastructure solutions with the addition of a team of experts manning a 24x7 multi-million dollar data center, integration facility and network operations center (NOC) for cloud and hosting services and remote network monitoring and management. The acquisition also uniquely positions Computex Technology Solutions as a premier IT services provider with the expertise to design, deploy and manage an entire end-to-end enterprise IT environment with a mix of on-premise, off-premise and hosted solutions and a wide range of cloud computing consulting and professional services...

IBM Completes Acquisition of Cloudant

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IBM today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Cloudant, Inc ., a privately held database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider that enables developers to easily and quickly create next generation mobile and web apps. Financial terms were not disclosed. Clients across a variety of industries, including gaming, financial services, mobile device manufacturers, online learning, retail and healthcare are already using Cloudant technology. For instance, video game developer Hothead Games relies on Cloudant to scale application data for its popular series of Big Win Sports mobile games on iPhone®, iPad® and Android™ phones and tablets. With Cloudant running on IBM SoftLayer, Hothead Games can efficiently handle large influxes of users, even when traffic spikes a hundred-fold.

Cloudant will extend IBM's leadership in Big Data and Analytics , Cloud Computing and Mobile , further helping clients take advantage of these key areas of growth for their businesses. It joins IBM's newly formed Information and Analytics Group, a business unit within the IBM Software & Systems Group led by Senior Vice President Bob Picciano...

Cloud Computing: IBM SoftLayer vital to Big Blue's software, hardware success

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Ed Scannell.

While SoftLayer was known in the cloud computing world as an up-and-comer the last few years, making top 10 lists as a company to watch, it struggled to get a seat at the table of Fortune 500 companies. But with IBM's acquisition of the company last July, things changed. Not only does Lance Crosby, CEO of IBM SoftLayer, now have access to the clients and resources of the world's second largest high-tech company, he is at the heart of what will drive much of IBM's cloud software strategies involving all of Big Blue's software and hardware groups.

Crosby recently sat down with SearchCloudComputing to talk about some technologies that will be revealed during the company's Pulse conference this month, its competition with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and what life is like working for a company with deep pockets. How will the recent $1.2 billion investment in your data centers move IBM's SoftLayer-based strategies forward?...

InterCloud to Acquire RentVM, Inc.

Grazed from GlobalNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

InterCloud Systems, Inc, a single-source provider of end-to end IT and next generation network solutions to the service provider and corporate enterprise markets through cloud platforms and professional services, announced today the impending acquisition of RentVM, Inc.. RentVM expands InterCloud's cloud and managed services capabilities by providing InterCloud an SDDC (Software Defined Data Center) platform to offer enterprise-grade cloud computing solutions.

RentVM's platform provides self-service portal that allows for auto, on demand provisioning of Cloud assets through a hierarchy system supported by enterprise level security and offering clients a streamlined process to virtualize existing infrastructure and integrate to cloud solutions. This Cloud orchestration system includes a software defined network (SDN) management tool that allows for quicker time to market for IT teams orchestrating growth in IT environments globally...

Cloud Computing: IBM's Low-end Server Business Acquired For $2.3 Billion

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Walter Bailey.

Lenovo has finally acquired IBM's low-end server business, after a deal spanning over a year has finally come to a close. The final acquisition price came to $2.3 billion, making it the largest tech server acquisition by a Chinese company. IBM has been trying to shift its x86 server business for a few years now, with more companies switching to cloud computing technology from traditional server-side infrastructure. IBM is looking to invest more money in high-margin servers, which still generate impressive revenue.

Lenovo has more reason to own low-end x86 servers, given their high reputation in China, it will be easier for the company to sell their servers to Chinese companies, who are looking to nationalize their servers with the recent U.S. surveillance outbreak. Lenovo may be able to boost revenues and margins on the x86 servers if they invest heavily in China. Most Western companies are now either moving to high-end servers, their own or cloud based infrastructure, adding more benefits to the user...

Cloud Computing: VMware to buy AirWatch for $1.18B in cash

Grazed from WashingtonPost. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud computing company VMware says it is buying mobile computing company AirWatch for about $1.18 billion in cash. The deal also includes about $365M million in installment payments and assumed unvested equity. VMware says the acquisition of the privately held Atlanta-based company will boost its mobile computing offerings for businesses without compromising security.

AirWatch will continue to be led by its founder and CEO John Marshall and will become part of VMware's end-user computing group. AirWatch has more than 10,000 customers and 1,600 employees around the world...

Telstra expands cloud business with $60 million acquisition

Grazed from AFR. Author: David Ramli.

Telstra has continued to grow its cloud computing business through takeovers with the purchase of its Melbourne-based technology service provider O2 Networks in a deal believed to be worth around $60 million. O2 Networks designs and builds networks for a range of financial institutions across Australia with 370 customers and 100 staff. O2 worked with Telstra by providing the telco giant's customers with services and products it did not have.

While neither party would provide any details on the value of the deal, sources close to the transaction valued it at around $60 million. It comes on the back of Telstra's August 2013 purchase of technology service provider NSC Group for up to $100 million The deal is the latest in a series of purchases designed to bulk up Telstra's Network Applications and Services (NAS) division, which Telstra chief executive David Thodey has repeatedly pointed to as a source of future revenue...

OpenText Buys GXS Cloud Integration Technology in $1 Billion Deal

Grazed from CMSWire.  Author: David Roe.

In its first salvo in the information management space this year, OpenText has closed the deal to buy GXS for $1.065 billion. The acquisition will give OpenText cutting edge business-to-business cloud integration technology, which will compliment the investments OpenText has made in cloud computing in recent years.

Expanding EIM Base

According to the statement issued about the deal, GXS will remain intact and become a wholly owned subsidiary of OpenText. It also says OpenText’s information exchange portfolio will be integrated with GXS’s cloud-based B2B integration services...