Acquisitions

Microsoft agrees to buy Revolution Analytics to boost cloud

Grazed from BusinessTimes.  Author: Editorial Staff.

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 Amazon.com 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

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Mike Vizard.

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...

Cloud Computing: Citrix Acquires Sanbolic

Grazed from SysConMedia. Author: Liz Macmillan.

Citrix announced on Monday that is has completed its acquisition of Sanbolic, a provider of workload-oriented storage virtualization technologies. Sanbolic technology enables customers to software-define storage to optimize the delivery of application-specific workloads, from any media type – SSD, Flash and hard drives in NAS, SAN, server-side and cloud deployments – improving storage load balancing, application availability and delivering the highest-performance end-user experience.

The acquisition of this robust set of workload-oriented infrastructure technologies, combined with its XenDesktop, XenApp and XenMobile products, enables Citrix to develop a range of differentiated solutions. These solutions will improve the economics and reduce the complexity of Windows application delivery and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments...

Oracle Continues March To Cloud Buying Data As A Service Broker Datalogix

Grazed from TechCrunch. Author: Ron Miller.

Oracle added another piece to its growing cloud portfolio today, buying digital-marketing, Data as a Service broker Datalogix. The move not only gives Oracle another cloud tool, it’s one that’s aimed directly at marketers, an area where Oracle is fighting hard with rival Salesforce.com and others for dominance. The announcement did not include terms.

Datalogix gives Oracle a data-driven service, designed to help companies link consumer spending with online ad campaigns, a powerful combination because it can help digital marketers understand if their online ad campaigns are actually translating into offline buying. Oracle surprised some people in its latest earnings report when it showed significant growth in its cloud computing business, announcing “cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) revenue was up 45% to $516 million.”...

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Cloud Computing: Carbonite to Acquire MailStore for Approx. $19.8M

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Dan Kobialka.

Cloud and hybrid backup and recovery solutions provider Carbonite (CARB) today announced plans to acquire MailStore for approximately $19.8 million. Carbonite CEO Mohamad Ali said he believes acquiring MailStore, a German email archiving solutions provider for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), will help his company expand globally and improve its SMB continuity solutions portfolio.

"MailStore is a great fit for Carbonite, as both companies are committed to providing SMBs with powerful yet simple data protection solutions," he said in a prepared statement. "In addition to offering email archiving to businesses worldwide with MailStore's existing solutions, Carbonite will integrate MailStore's robust full-text search and indexing capabilities into our product portfolio to help our business customers better manage, understand and leverage their data."...

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Cloud Computing: Riverbed to be Acquired by Thoma Bravo for $3.6B

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: CJ Arlotta.

Riverbed Technology (RVBD) has been bought by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo and Teachers’ Private Capital, the private investor department of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. The buyout is being valued at approximately $3.6 billion. The San Francisco-based company provides solutions designed to tackle issue with IT performance across wide area networks (WANs).

Riverbed's solutions focus on CAD applications, data protection software, collboration, unified communications and more. Riverbed CEO Jerry Kennelly, who will remain with the company in the same capacity, said his company believes this acquisition "will be a winning proposition for all our stakeholders."...

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CenturyLink buys DataGardens cloud disaster recovery company

Grazed from GeekWire.  Author: Blair Hanley Frank.

CenturyLink announced today that it has acquired DataGardens, a company that offers services to help firms recover from problems that pop up in the cloud. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The DataGardens team will remain in Edmonton, Alberta, but will report to CenturyLink CTO and former Tier 3 CEO Jared Wray, who’s based in the company’s Bellevue, Wash., cloud office.  CenturyLink purchased Tier 3 last year, using the acquisition for its base of expansion into the cloud computing arena...

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...

Read more from the source @ http://www.macrumors.com/2014/11/03/apple-union-bay-networks-seattle/