Accelerite to Acquire Citrix’s Cloud Orchestration Platform CloudPlatform

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Citrix’s CloudStack-based cloud orchestration platform, CloudPlatform, as well as its unified cloud services delivery and business management platform CloudPortal Business Manager have been acquired by Accelerite.  According a Monday announcement from Citrix, the acquisition will let Citrix focus its “core priorities around the secure delivery of apps and data.”
Customers using CloudPlatform and CloudPortal Business Manager product lines commercially will be managed by Accelerite.  CloudPortal Business Manager provides cloud service automation for provisioning, billing, metering and user management...

Oracle to Spur Public Cloud Growth by Acquiring StackEngine

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Oracle is spurring its growth in cloud computing by acquiring StackEngine, a Texas-based startup that develops management and automation tools for Docker containers. As a part of its strategic acquisition, StackEngine will be integrated with Oracle’s “public cloud” unit.
The acquisition will allow Oracle to offer a variety of cloud services to its customers by leveraging containers, which brings agility to the software development process and offers new ways to quickly roll out software to the clients on large networks. By leveraging containers, Oracle can lure its existing customer base that makes use of Oracles’ own server...

Cloud Computing: SalesForce Buys SteelBrick for $360M

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SteelBrick has rapidly gained recognition inside of the SalesForce ecosystem by providing small businesses the ability to “Configure, Price & Quote” their customers.  SteelBrick gives small businesses a rapid method of collecting payments from their customers. SteelBrick automates much of this process, giving it’s users a leg up on the competition. So why is SteelBrick worth $360M when so many other cloud based vendors exist that do essentially the same thing?
SteelBrick is much more than a simple invoicing app. Pricing and quotes can become a science with specific industries. Within some small businesses, pricing isn’t as a simple as coming up with a number and applying your margin. For this reason alone, invoicing apps are glossed over...

Canadian Web Hosting Acquires eSecureData, Further Expanding Datacenter Business in Canada

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Canadian Web Hosting, Canada's leading web hosting and infrastructure company, announced today that it has acquired datacenter and dedicated server provider eSecureData. eSecureData is based in Vancouver, BC and targets Canadian businesses and IT professionals who are looking for premium datacenter colocation facilities, Canadian dedicated servers, and Canadian Cloud Hosting.

eSecureData is a long standing Canadian Infrastructure as a Service provider that has been delivering managed hosting, dedicated servers, colocation and domains to thousands of customers across Canada since 2007. The company is based in Coquitlam, BC and will be merging with Canadian's Web Hosting's industry-best staff and expanding its already impressive datacenter operations...

Fusion Acquires Cloud Services Provider Fidelity

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Fusion, a leading provider of cloud services, announced today that it has acquired Fidelity Voice and Data ("Fidelity"). Beachwood, Ohio-based Fidelity provides cloud voice, cloud connectivity, security, data center and cloud storage services to approximately 2,000 small, medium, and large business customers in the Midwest and throughout the U.S. Fusion expects to complete the integration of Fidelity by the end of the second quarter of 2016.

Total consideration in the transaction, which closed on December 8, 2015, was $30.0 million consisting of $28.5 million in cash and $1.5 million in Fusion common stock. The cash portion of the consideration was funded via Fusion's existing bank credit facility and its cash balances. The transaction is immediately accretive to Fusion, with substantial opportunity for cost savings through elimination of redundancies.

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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...