Acquisitions

Hitachi boosts Cloud SAP portfolio with oXya purchase

Grazed from NetworkAsia.  Author: Brian Karlovsky.

 Hitachi Data Systems is set to acquire SAP Cloud service provider, oXya, in a bid to extend its portfolio of managed Cloud services.  The acquisition is expected to close by the end of March and is subject to customary closing conditions.

Upon the close of the acquisition, oXya, with more than 500 employees, will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Data Systems and will continue to execute its current business model under oXya vice-president and chairman, Frederic de Belloy, reporting to Hicham Abdessamad, HDS executive vice-president, Global Services...

Cloud Computing: Infosys buys US software group Panaya

Grazed from Financial Times. Author: James Crabtree.

Infosys has bought US-based technology group Panaya in a $200m deal, marking the most significant step in chief executive Vishal Sikka’s drive to offer high-end software and boost the outsourcer’s growth. On Monday, the Bangalore-based group announced it had acquired Panaya, which was founded by an Israeli entrepreneur in 2006 but has its headquarters in California, in an all-cash deal based on an enterprise value of $200m.

Panaya specialises in automation technologies, in particular those that can help large companies manage and upgrade complex software packages bought from the likes of US-based Oracle or German technology group SAP. Infosys’s move provides the clearest indication yet of the direction outlined by Mr Sikka since he took the helm of the group last June, having previously been SAP’s chief technology officer...

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Watch out for Adobe to make some big cloud acquisitions this year

Grazed from BusinessInsider.  Author: Julie Bort.

With the long-awaited IPO of cloud storage company Box now a bona fide success, what's next for the hot cloud computing industry?  We talked to early Box investor Byron Deeter, a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners who created BVP's index of public cloud companies.

Since creating that index in 2013, the market cap of public cloud companies has grown from $100 billion to $165 billion, and there are now 25 cloud companies with valuations over $1 billion...

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.”...

Read more from the source @ http://techcrunch.com/2014/12/22/oracle-continues-march-to-cloud-buying-data-as-a-service-broker-datalogix/

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."...

Read more from the source @ http://talkincloud.com/cloud-computing-mergers-and-acquisitions/12152014/riverbed-be-acquired-thoma-bravo-36b

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...