Acquisitions

Cloud Computing: Salesforce.com Acquires Big Data CRM Startup RelateIQ

Grazed from CRN.  Author: Kevin McLaughlin.

Salesforce.com has acquired RelateIQ, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup that has been touting its big data-infused software as the next generation of customer relationship management.  Salesforce.com is paying $350 million for RelateIQ, which sells a "relationship intelligence platform" that gathers and analyzes data from salespeople's interactions with contacts, including email, calendars and smartphone calls. It then uses this data to provide insights that can help deals move faster.

RelateIQ's software supports Office 365, Exchange 2013, Exchange 2010 and Google Apps. It also works with Facebook to let users add photos and verify contact information...

Cloud Computing: Autodesk to Acquire Shotgun Software

Grazed from Variety. Author: David S. Cohen.

Seeking to ramp up cloud-computing services for entertainment production, Shotgun Software has agreed to be acquired by software giant Autodesk. Shotgun makes popular production-management software that helps production, post and visual effects coordinate their efforts. By using cloud computing, Shotgun empowers far-flung facilities and locations to work closely together. Companies using Shotgun include DreamWorks Animation, Framestore, Illumination Mac Guff, Blizzard, Microsoft, Walt Disney Animation, Double Negative and Ubisoft.

Autodesk publishes some of the most important software apps for entertainment content creation, including Maya, SoftImage and MotionBuilder. Shotgun will remain an independent brand within Autodesk’s Media and Entertainment division and keep keep its HQ in Venice, Calif., though it will relocate from its current address to Autodesk’s nearby offices...

Cloud Computing: Rackspace eyed by another suitor

Grazed from Bizjournals. Author: Mike W. Thomas.

Rackspace Hosting Inc. is still generating buzz in the technology industry about a potential takeover. The San Antonio-based managed hosting and cloud computing company announced earlier this year that it was looking at “strategic proposals” and had retained the services of investment banker Morgan Stanley to evaluate the proposals and explore any other alternatives.

The latest company to be touted as a potential buyer is Monroe, La.-based CenturyLink, a multinational communications company that provides services to residential, business, governmental and wholesale customers. Analyst David Phipps tells Motley Fool that a merger with Rackspace would double CenturyLink’s service revenue and increase overall revenue growth for both companies...

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Oracle's Deal Won't Do Much for Its Cloud Computing Efforts

Grazed from NewYork Times. Author: Editorial Staff.

Oracle’s $5.3 billion deal for Micros Systems provides an uncertain forecast for shareholders in the database giant. Even if it’s the start of a new deal binge by Oracle’s chief, Lawrence J. Ellison, it’s not at a crazy valuation. But Mircos, a longtime partner, is more of an add-on than a way to supercharge Oracle’s effort in cloud computing.

Oracle is paying $68 a share in cash for the Micros, a maker of hotel and restaurant business technology systems. At a 24 percent premium to the undisturbed share price, it’s at about half the premium Priceline recently agreed to pay for the restaurant reservations site OpenTable, as one example...

HP Cloud Investments Could Include Rackspace Deal

Grazed from Investors. Author: Editorial Staff.

Hewlett-Packard has stepped up investments in cloud computing, prompting some analysts to speculate that it could make a big move such as acquiring Rackspace Hosting. That, however, would require HP (NYSE:HPQ) to ratchet up its spending significantly, since Rackspace (NYSE:RAX) could sell for $6 billion or $7 billion.

HP in May said that it plans to spend $1 billion over the next two years to develop cloud products and services. At an annual conference for business customers in Las Vegas this month, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP said that it will expand from two data centers to 25 by the end of 2015. The data centers will be packed with servers and data-storage systems that customers rent via the cloud...

Red Hat to acquire European-based 'cloud' computing firm eNovance

Grazed from WRAL. Author: Editorial Staff.

Red Hat is acquiring eNovance, a European-based provider of "cloud" computing services, the Raleigh-based company announced Wednesday. The deal is worth nearly $100 million with Red Hat paying some $68 million in cash and another $27 million in stock for the privately held company.

The two companies have worked together on cloud projects over the past year. Both firms focus heavily on OpenStack solutions for clients seeking cloud-related services. Like Linux software, in which Red Hat is the global leader, OpenStack is based on open source solutions...

Telecom NZ buys cloud desktop specialist Appserv

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Rob ONeill.

Telecom New Zealand has inked a conditional agreement to buy cloud services specialist Appserve. Telecom chief executive Simon Moutter said that the acquisition provides a major new piece in the "cloud jigsaw" after significant investment across the business in cloud services.

“We see this as a strategic business move giving the Telecom group a very strong New Zealand cloud services portfolio. The acquisition of Appserve is an excellent complement to the purchase in 2013 of Revera and the ongoing investment we are making in data centres,” Moutter said. Telecom Retail CEO Chris Quin said thousands of businesses already supported by Telecom and its ICT services arm, Gen-i, want to take advantage of the cloud but need a hand to get there...

Cloud Computing: Cisco Buys Networking Software Maker for $175M

Grazed from CIOToday. Author: Jennifer LeClaire.

Cisco Relevant Products/Services let the world know it plans to acquire a multi-vendor networking software Relevant Products/Services maker that targets both traditional and virtualized networks. The tech titan is grabbing Sweden-based Tail-f Systems for about $175 million.

Tail-f’s products aim to help service providers and enterprise Relevant Products/Services IT implement applications, network Relevant Products/Services services and solutions across networking devices cost-effectively. The foreign firm’s tech also promises to reduce the time-to-market for network equipment vendors building equipment for agile, software-programmable networks...

Cloud Computing: Oracle Said Near Deal for Micros Systems at More Than $5 Billion

Grazed from MoneyNews. Author: Editorial Staff.

Oracle Corp. is nearing a deal to buy hospitality-industry software provider Micros Systems Inc. for more than $5 billion, people familiar with the matter said. Oracle and Micros are in exclusive talks, though the two sides could still fail to reach an agreement, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing a private matter.

Oracle Chief Executive Officer Larry Ellison is looking to acquisitions to fuel expansion after 10 quarters of sluggish sales growth. The company was late to the market for Internet-based cloud software and Ellison is now rushing to remake Oracle as a provider of gear and programs to underpin its clients’ shift to Web-based computing...

Box buys cloud storage startup for streaming technology

Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author: Juan Carlos Perez.

Box has acquired Streem, a cloud storage and file-sharing startup that specializes in large media files and that has developed innovative technology for streaming that type of content.

"The entire team at Streem will be joining Box to help work on the future of content management and collaboration in the enterprise," wrote Box CEO Aaron Levie in a blog post Monday...