Logicalis Acquires Thomas Duryea Consulting, an Australian Cloud and Data Centre Services Business

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Logicalis, an international IT solutions and managed services provider, today announced it has acquired Thomas Duryea Consulting, a leader in designing, building and deploying data centre, data management, enterprise information systems, systems management and cloud environments for mid-sized and large enterprises.

With an annual turnover of approximately US$50 million Thomas Duryea employs 125 staff in its data centre and mature cloud services business, with capabilities across EMC, Dell, NetApp, VMware and Microsoft.

Blue Coat Delivers Industry's First Complete Cloud Security Solution with Acquisition of Cloud Security Innovator Elastica

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Blue Coat Systems, Inc., a market leader in enterprise security, announced today that it has agreed to acquire Elastica, Inc. for $280 million.

Enterprises are finding that traditional security approaches simply cannot deliver in the cloud generation. Rapid adoption of cloud applications has created unprecedented security risk for the enterprise. Increasingly, enterprise users transact business through cloud-resident applications instead of applications managed by the CIO. The mixed use of cloud and on-premise applications has frustrated the enterprise's ability to comprehensively manage its security posture. With the acquisition of Elastica, Blue Coat solves this problem, offering a global security platform that provides visibility, control and data-level security across cloud, on premise and hybrid cloud environments, making it the only security company to deliver on the requirements of a post-infrastructure world.

Blue Coat has aggressively engaged in defining the future of cloud security by investing over $500 million in organic and inorganic development in recent years. This work was embarked upon to empower customers as they redefine their network and security models for the cloud generation. By combining Blue Coat's industry leading on- and off-premise threat defense and cloud data protection with Elastica's Cloud Access Security and Analytics, Blue Coat stands alone in providing the industry's first solution to deliver today's cloud generation security requirements.

IBM Acquires Gravitant to Boost Hybrid Cloud and Enterprise Services

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IBM today announced that it has acquired Gravitant, Inc., a privately held company that develops cloud-based software to enable organizations to easily plan, buy and manage, or “broker,” software and computing services from multiple suppliers across hybrid clouds. With such capabilities, mixed environments of private and public clouds can begin to be integrated and digitally managed as one for greater performance and efficiency. With the Gravitant solutions everyone from IT managers to authorized employees can review and purchase compute and software services from different suppliers, as well as compare capabilities and pricing, all through a single, central console. Once purchased, the technology can be offered as a service and managed from the same console for greater efficiency and visibility into how the services are being used.

IBM acquires cloud broker Gravitant

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IBM has bought cloud brokerage software developer Gravitant in an effort to boost the company's hybrid cloud and enterprise offerings. Gravitant helps companies assess, buy and manage the best cloud computing services for their business from multiple vendors, meaning no lock-in and greater flexibility for both employees and IT departments.

IBM is looking to bolster its hybrid cloud and enterprise computing services to make them more attractive for decision makers who want to embrace the cloud by opening up their infrastructure. Doing so allows employees to use services hosted on-premise, on public cloud services, and those running on IBM's own private cloud servers...

Western Digital gains foothold in cloud with $19 billion SanDisk acquisition

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Hard-disk drive maker Western Digital is buying SanDisk for about $19 billion. The deal is expected to increase Western Digital's ability to make flash memory storage chips used in smartphones and tablets. Western Digital needs access to SanDisk's NAND technology to better compete in the market for solid-state drives used in cloud computing, data centres, smartphones and laptops. With this, Western Digital said it will double its addressable market and expand its participation in higher-growth segments.

"The combined company will be ideally positioned to capture the growth opportunities created by the rapidly evolving storage industry," said Steve Milligan, chief executive officer, Western Digital. Both companies have strong R&D and engineering capabilities and over 15,000 combined patents issued or pending worldwide...

Oracle chief Mark Hurd dismisses cloud concerns

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The joint-chief executive of Oracle, Mark Hurd, has dismissed suggestions that the IT giant is under pressure from the same forces that prompted Dell’s audacious $67bn takeover of EMC. That deal, the biggest in the history of the industry, has prompted claims that many of the powerhouses of corporate IT are now facing an existential threat from the rise of ‘cloud’ services; software delivered over the internet and paid for by subscription.

Wired magazine, Silicon Valley’s chronicler-cum-cheerleader, went so far as to curse Oracle, along with Dell, EMC, IBM, Cisco and HP, as a member of technology “walking dead”. Speaking before rumours of the takeover emerged, Mr Hurd insisted his company was making great strides in the cloud as the large and conservative IT departments with which it trades begin to adopt the new way of working...

Cloud Computing: Dell's EMC Acquisition: Perils, Opportunities Abound

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Dell's planned acquisition of cloud computing and storage company EMC for $67 billion is the largest technology industry acquisition to date. But the deal is significant beyond its monetary value. It underscores the turmoil among traditional IT vendors as enterprise computing moves from hardware and software products to subscription-based cloud services.

The combined company will be privately held, freeing it from the regulatory scrutiny and earnings pressure faced by public companies. VMware, mostly owned by EMC, will remain a separate publicly traded company. On a conference call for the media, Joe Tucci, CEO of EMC, acknowledged that the IT industry is going through a transformation, and the traditional IT business is being disrupted...

Dell looks to become cloud giant with EMC acquisition

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Dell Computers is looking to ramp up its efforts in the burgeoning cloud computing and data storage industry. Already the world’s third largest computer manufacturer, and the largest manufacturer of storage hardware, the deal with EMC would give the company a huge presence in the online services sector.

EMC is the world’s second largest server company, and has a big presence in data analytics, big data, security, and other software sectors. According to insiders, Dell is offering $33 dollars per share to buy EMC, a substantial premium over the $28 dollars the stock closed at last week. In total, the deal would be worth about $40 billion dollars...

Dell in talks to buy data storage company EMC

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Dell Inc., the world's third largest personal computer maker, is in talks to buy data storage company EMC Corp, a person familiar with the matter said, in what could be one of the biggest technology deals ever. A deal could be an option for EMC, under pressure from activist investor Elliott Management Corp to spin off majority-owned VMware Inc.

The terms being discussed were not known, but if the deal goes through it would top Avago Technologies' $37 billion offer for Broadcom. EMC has a market value of about $50 billion. Dell is also in talks with banks to finance an all-cash offer for EMC, the person told Reuters on condition of anonymity as the talks were confidential...

Fusion Acquires RootAxcess to Expand Cloud Computing Segment

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Cloud services provider Fusion has acquired the assets of Chicago-based RootAxcess, a provider of IaaS, cloud storage, backup and recovery, and other cloud solutions as part of its near-term objective of growth through acquisitions. RootAxcess is expected to be fully integrated into Fusion by the end of Q1 2016.

According to the Monday announcement, the acquisition will help accelerate Fusion’s expansion in the cloud computing segment of its business, and strengthen its presence in the IaaS market specifically. A recent report by Synergy Research Group found that public cloud now generates more than $20 billion in quarterly revenue for IT companies...