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...

HP buys Eucalyptus' cloud computing software

Grazed from Bloomberg. Author: Editorial Staff.

Hewlett-Packard Co. is buying cloud-computing software developer Eucalyptus Systems as Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman embarks on new acquisitions to bolster the computer maker's businesses. Eucalyptus, founded in 2009, provides technology that lets companies store, process and deliver computing data via the Internet.

The Goleta, California-based company has raised $55.5 million in three financing rounds. Hewlett-Packard is paying less than $100 million, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The deal marks a return to mergers and acquisitions for Whitman after a dry spell following Hewlett-Packard's $8.8 billion writedown of Autonomy Corp. in 2012, after buying the data software company for $10.3 billion a year earlier...

CenturyLink Said to Seek to Acquire Rackspace Hosting

Grazed from Bloomberg.  Author: Alex Sherman.

CenturyLink Inc. (CTL), the Louisiana-based landline phone service provider, is seeking to acquireRackspace Hosting Inc. (RAX) to further expand into cloud-computing services, according to people familiar with the situation.  CenturyLink has discussed the possibility with San Antonio-based Rackspace, which last month said it is still conducting an internal review of its strategic options, said the people, who asked not to be named talking about private information. One of the people said a deal may not be reached for the company, which now has a stock-market valuation of $5.33 billion.

The deal would add more Internet and cloud services to Monroe, Louisiana-based CenturyLink’s roster of phone and data communications packages, helping it better compete against Inc. (AMZN) in Web-based services. Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and Google Inc. (GOOG) are also vying for business as companies transition from owning and operating servers to renting space in the cloud...

Acronis Acquires Cloud-based BackupAgent

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: CJ Arlotta.

August is over, but consolidation in the backup and disaster recovery (BDR) is spilling over into September. Acronis this week said it has acquired BackupAgent, a cloud-based backup platform provider headquartered in Holland. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. As a result of the acquisition, Acronis will acquire all of BackupAgent's employees and customers.

Once everything is settled, BackupAgent’s solution will be powered by Acronis AnyData Engine, data protection technologies provided via cloud backup solutions. The acquisition follows the Woborn, Massachusetts-based storage management company's announcement of Acronis True Image for Mac, an image-based backup product that provides Mac users with several ways to back up data...

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...