Microsoft Buys Security Solutions Provider Aorato for Hybrid Cloud Strategy

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: CJ Arlotta.

Microsoft (MSFT) on Thursday announced it has bought Aorato, an enterprise security solutions provider. According to Microsoft's blog, the Israeli-based company leverages machine learning to detect suspicious activity on a company’s network. The Redmond, Washington-based software giant did not disclose the terms of the acquisition.

Tech Crunch today, however, reported that its sources put the deal at approximately $200 million in July, which is when the two companies began talking. "We are making this acquisition to give customers a new level of protection against threats through better visibility into their identity infrastructure," said Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president of Cloud and Enterprise Marketing at Microsoft, in the blog post...

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Fusion Acquires Cloud Services Provider PingTone

Grazed from MarketWired. Author: PR Announcement.

Fusion (NASDAQ: FSNN), a leading provider of cloud communications, cloud connectivity and cloud computing services, announced today that it has closed on the purchase of all of the outstanding shares of stock of PingTone Communications, Inc., a provider of integrated cloud-based communications services headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. Founded in January 2001, PingTone generated LTM revenue of $8.1 million as of June 30, 2014 and pro forma adjusted EBITDA of $2.1 million, giving effect to anticipated cost synergies.

The PingTone transaction is Fusion's third acquisition in twenty-four months. It reflects the success of the company's strategy to grow through acquisition as well as organically, and meets its acquisition criteria in several significant ways. The acquisition will be immediately accretive to Fusion's EBITDA. In addition, it adds a loyal and growing enterprise customer base with high ARPU, positions the company to impact organic growth with a talented team of managers and staff to further help the company scale, provides a strong cross-sale and up-sale opportunity and can be tightly integrated into the company's existing infrastructure...

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Apple Acquires Cloud Networking Startup Union Bay Networks, Opens Seattle Office

Grazed from MacRumors. Author: Juli Clover.

Apple acquired Seattle-based cloud networking startup Union Bay Networks sometime in the last couple of months and has opened an office in the city that houses more than 30 engineers, reports GeekWire. The site uncovered Apple's acquisition and Seattle office after former Union Bay Networks co-founder Benn Bollay posted a job opening for a Systems Software Engineer that read "Ever wanted to work at Apple, but didn't want to live in Cupertino?"

Apple later confirmed the acquisition of Union Bay Networks to The Seattle Times, providing its standard acquisition statement: Apple "buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." Union Bay Networks was a stealth startup focused on "enabling the next generation of networking for cloud computing and software defined datacenters," and seven out of nine former employees are said to have been hired by Apple, moving to an unknown office location...

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Cloud Computing: BAE Systems Acquires SilverSky for $232.5M

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: CJ Arlotta.

BAE Systems (BASEY) has acquired cloud-based security solutions SilverSky in a cash-free, debt-free deal worth $232.5 million. SilverSky hopes to leverage its acquirer's global resources to bring its solutions to market faster. BAE announced the deal on Tuesday. The company is a provider of defense, aerospace and security solutions and plans to incorporate SilverSky into its Applied Intelligence division.

SilverSky's customers include more than 5,500 organizations in a variety of industries, including financial, healthcare and retail. It also serves a group of mid- to large-sized commercial enterprises. "BAE Systems is a large, multi-national company with a tremendous brand and financial resources," said Tim Harvey, CEO at SilverSky. "We expect to leverage their presence in the market to grow our business as quickly as possible."...

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Google Buys Firebase to Add Cloud-Computing Mobile Tools

Grazed from Bloomberg. Author: Editorial Staff.

Google Inc. acquired Firebase Inc., a provider of software tools that let engineers store and synchronize data across mobile applications and websites. The San Francisco-based startup, which offers services for Apple Inc.’s iPhones and smartphones running Google Inc. Android software, also streamlines the process for building apps that can work offline. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Google, based in Mountain View, California, is boosting investments in cloud-related technology, which lets software developers access computing power via the Internet. Google, along with Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Rackspace Hosting Inc., offer cloud services in a market that was worth $45.7 billion last year, according to IDC Corp...

EMC Acquiring Cloud-Computing Startup Cloudscaling

Grazed from Bloomberg. Author: Jack Clark and Dina Bass.

EMC Corp. has agreed to acquire cloud-computing startup Cloudscaling Group Inc., pushing to make its storage products work better with a set of free software tools. The deal is for less than $50 million, according to people with knowledge of the situation, who asked not to be identified because the transaction isn’t public.

Cloudscaling helps companies manage large numbers of computers that are linked together by OpenStack, a free open-source technology developed by companies including EMC and Oracle Corp. Cloudscaling also designs technology to make it simple to connect computers running OpenStack to so-called public clouds, operated by providers like Inc. and Google Inc...

Cloud Computing: EMC May Be on Merger Block - Who's Buying?

Grazed from TopTechNews. Author: Jennifer LeClaire.

Is EMC selling itself? The data Relevant Products/Services storage products maker might be, if you believe the rumor mill. The Wall Street Journal first broke the story about a potential merger and other options, citing pressure from a shareholder activist and the retirement of its CEO Joseph Tucci sometime early in 2015.

In fact, the Journal reports that EMC has been in talks with Hewlett-Packard (HP) for nearly a year about a potential tie up. Those talks recently ended, but discussions are reportedly underway with Dell, Cisco Relevant Products/Services and Oracle, the paper reported. It’s unclear if EMC would be sold as an entire unit or broken up into parts and lose its brand identity altogether...

Cisco Expands Intercloud Architecture With Metacloud Acquisition

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cisco recently announced its intent to acquire private cloud provider Metacloud, in an effort to bolster its global Intercloud platform and architecture. Metacloud provides private cloud solutions to organisations with its OpenStack-as-a-service model, delivering ready-to-use private clouds in clients’ data centers. The deal is expected to close by the end of the ongoing quarter (Q1 FY2015) and upon completion of the acquisition, Metacloud’s employees will join Cisco’s Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Services business division.

Cisco’s Cloud Services architecture is also based on OpenStack open source software and is designed to help customers to easily and securely use data across both private and public clouds. The acquisition is likely to provide a boost to Cisco’s plans to build the world’s largest Intercloud, which is a secure network of globally distributed and remotely managed clouds capable of meeting growing customer needs, especially as part of the Internet of Everything (IoE)...

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Cloud Computing: HP-Eucalyptus - buying an edge in a busy, complex market

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Dan Kusnetzsky.

Hewlett-Packard's move to acquire Eucalpytus (see HP buys Eucalyptus, puts Marten Mickos in charge of cloud unit by my colleague Larry Dignan) is the latest example of asupplier trying to be a part of every industry party. Like all major hardware players, HP wants want to be involved with cloud regardless of the stack of software used to create the cloud computing environment.

They do this because they wish to be chosen by their installed base regardless of the industry trend or technology. If we take a moment to consider the major systems and software players, a strong majority of them are involved with Amazon AWS, Azure, OpenStack, VMware vSpere and even Cloud Stack. I don't believe that they expect any one of those to be the clear winner and all of the others will go away...

Cloud Computing: Ericsson acquires Fabrix Systems for $95m

Grazed from Globes.  Author: Roy Goldenberg.

Swedish technology giant Ericsson (Nasdaq:ERIC) has announced that it is acquiring Israeli cloud storage company Fabrix Systems in order to consolidate its position in network delivery for video applications, media storage and TV.  Fabrix Systems was founded in 2006 and has 93 employees in Ra'anana and 10 more in the US.

Fabrix Systems has a cloud based scale out storage and computing platform focused on providing a simple, tightly integrated solution optimized for media storage, processing and delivery applications such as cloud DVR and video-on-demand (VOD) expansion. The approach takes advantage of the latest advances in clustered storage; grid computing; virtualization and video processing technologies enabling a wide range of applications...