Cloud Computing: Google Acquires Video Rendering Firm Zync Render

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Todd R. Weiss.

Google has acquired Zync Render, a visual effects cloud rendering vendor that has been involved with movie hits including Star Trek Into Darkness, American Hustle and Flight, and will integrate it into Google's Cloud Platform. The Zync Render deal was announced by Belwadi Srikanth, a Google Cloud Platform product manager, in an Aug. 26 post on the Google Cloud Platform Blog.

Terms of the acquisition were not released. "Creating amazing special effects requires a skilled team of visual artists and designers, backed by a highly powerful infrastructure to render scenes," wrote Srikanth. "Many studios, however, don't have the resources or desire to create an in-house rendering farm, or they need to burst past their existing capacity."...

Taming the wild west of cloud acquisition

Grazed from FCW. Author: Kymm McCabe.

For acquisition professionals, buying cloud computing is a bit like stepping from a 21st-century city into the Wild West. Federal buyers must move from the known, predictable, more or less standard procurement world into one that is unknown, unfamiliar and as yet untamed. It's no wonder that in ASI Government's polls of acquisition professionals at 110 federal organizations, 64 percent of respondents believe they lack the necessary technical expertise in cloud computing and thus are challenged in structuring contracts for it.

"There's no exact fit for commercial cloud in the [Federal Acquisition Regulation]," Mark Day, deputy assistant commissioner of the General Services Administration's Office of Integrated Technology Services, told attendees at a March conference on cloud acquisition. Agencies that have acquired cloud services have done so in different ways, and only with time will it become clear which approaches work best, said Michael McFarland, director of GSA's Office of Acquisition Operations...

Cloud Behind The Latest Spate Of Mergers And Acquistions

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Joe McKendrick.

These days, everyone wants a piece of the cloud. Technology mergers and acquisitions are on a tear for a blockbuster year, and cloud computing is responsible for much of this burst of activity.

That’s the word from EY, which finds clouds lurking behind many transactions in its latest review of M&A activity in the second quarter of this year (April to June). In total, $52.4 billion in deals were conducted across the globe, a 57% year-over-year increase. Cloud and smart mobility drove 42 percent of technology deal-making, EY estimates...

VMware Buys CloudVolumes to Beef Up Virtual Desktops

Grazed from CIO-Today. Author: Jennifer LeClaire.

VMWare is pressing deeper into cloud Relevant Products/Services technologies with its latest acquisition. The virtualization Relevant Products/Services and cloud infrastructure Relevant Products/Services company just bought a real-time Relevant Products/Services application delivery technology provider called CloudVolumes. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

CloudVolumes' technology makes it possible for enterprises to deliver native applications to virtualized environments on demand, which fills a gap in VMware's portfolio of software solutions. CloudVolumes customers use the solutions for terminal servers, desktops, and servers, eliminating lock-ins of service providers and hypervisors...

Infor Ramps Up Cloud CRM with Saleslogix Purchase

Grazed from TopTechNews.  Author: Linda M. Rosencrance.

Aiming to boost its CRM Relevant Products/Services offerings, business Relevant Products/Services application software and cloud Relevant Products/Services services provider Infor has agreed to acquire the Saleslogix cloud-based CRM application from Swiftpage.

Saleslogix CRM, which will become Infor CRM, will add sales and service functionality to the Infor CloudSuite, its industry-specific software that's available on Amazon Web Services. Swiftpage expects the transaction to close in the coming weeks. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed...

Cloud Computing: IBM Acquires Identity and Access Management Platform

Grazed from TalkinCloud.  Author: Dan Kobialka.

IBM (IBM) has acquired Lincoln, Rhode Island-based identity and access management (IAM) platform provider Lighthouse Security Group. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.  Lighthouse Security Group is a subsidiary of IBM partner Lighthouse Computer Services, and its Gateway platform "protects identity and data in an increasingly complex IT environment where more company information is being stored in the cloud and accessed from mobile devices."

Latha Maripuri, director of IBM Security Services, told Talkin' Cloud she believes the acquisition will help her company develop and launch new identity management solutions and ensure its customers can better manage their IT security deployments.  "This acquisition provides a cloud platform for us to build our future identity management offerings," she said...

Atos succeeds in bid to buy Bull, will boost security and cloud offerings

Grazed from PC World Magazine.  Author: Mikael Ricknäs.

Atos's offer to acquire servers and services specialist Bull has been approved, making it possible for the company to beef up its security and cloud computing offerings.  The French IT services company announced a €620 million (US$830 million) bid for Bull at the end of May.

The deal required Atos to acquire 50 percent plus one share of Bull's equity, and that condition has been met, Atos said Monday. It will hold 84.25 percent of Bull's share capital and voting rights and 18.4 percent of the convertible bonds in circulation by a settlement date set for next Monday, the company said...

Cloud Computing: Haystax Technology Announces Acquisition of NetCentrics

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Haystax Technology Inc. , a developer of next-generation analytics and cloud computing solutions, today announced that it has acquired NetCentrics Corporation , a leader in cybersecurity and network management solutions for defense and federal customers. The acquisition provides immediate scale to create a single company capable of driving greater innovation and positioning itself as a premier high-tech provider, specializing in big data analytics, cloud computing, real-time threat assessment, cybersecurity and IT enterprise management for defense, intelligence and commercial markets. Together, the companies are poised to leverage a multi-billion dollar market opportunity.

With a revenue of more than $100 million, the companies will effectively address the top technology growth sectors, including cybersecurity, analytics, cloud computing, IT infrastructure modernization and secure mobility solutions. With the Haystax Technology Accelerator and NetCentrics’ OVO consulting group, the company will continue to focus on delivering next generation disruptive products and services...

Cloud Computing: IBM acquires CrossIdeas to Expand Security Offerings with Identity Intelligence

Grazed from PRNewsWire.  Author: PR Announcement.

IBM announced it has acquired CrossIdeas , a privately held provider of security software that governs user access to applications and data across on-premise and cloud environments. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Under the burden of more government regulations and increasing sophistication of security threats, business leaders are demanding that IT and security executives implement access governance policies and solutions that provide visibility into operational and IT risks. Based in Rome, Italy, CrossIdeas helps organizations seamlessly manage identities and application access by bridging the gap between compliance, business, and IT infrastructure to help reduce the risk of fraud, conflicts of duties, and human error in business processes...

Cloud Computing: Canadian Cabler Buys U.S.-Based ViaWest for $1.2 Billion

Grazed from Hollywood Reporter. Author: Etan Vlessing.

Shaw Communications is expanding its data center business by acquiring Colorado-based ViaWest for $1.2 billion. The bid by the western Canadian cable giant for a bigger slice of cloud revenues, unveiled on Thursday, will see ViaWest continue to operate as a subsidiary of Calgary-based Shaw.

The Canadian company will acquire a 100 percent interest in the privately-held ViaWest from Oak Hill Capital Partners and other shareholders. ViaWest provides data center and cloud technology services in the U.S. market. Shaw is following other North American cable and telco rivals in building out their data center businesses...