Acquisitions

Salesforce shares the cloud with CloudCherry

Grazed from EconmicTimes. Author: Editorial Staff.

CloudCherry, the customer experience software solution provider, has integrated with the service cloud and marketing cloud of Salesforce, the US-based cloud computing company. This integration is expected to improve handling of customer issues and drive higher satisfaction ratings. CloudCherry offers 17 channels for organisations to capture relevant, contextual, real-world data from customers.

The feedback captured from these channels can be driven towards the contact centre from physical locations, online, email, SMS, or social ­­ raised as a case on Salesforce and addressed by agents immediately. "The Salesforce CRM platform helps you understand who your important customers are and what they are doing...

Whatchu doin' Upthere? Western Digital moves on cloud storage space

Grazed from TheRegister. Author: Editorial Staff.

Western Digital Corporation has bought Upthere, a consumer data storage startup with its own public cloud. Upthere was founded in 2011 by director Bertrand Sarlet, VP for business development Alex Kushnir, and Roger Bodamer. CEO Chris Bourdon joined Upthere as VP products in August 2012 after being Apple's senior product line manager in the Mac OS X area.

He was promoted to CEO in December 2015 when Bodamer left. Sarlet worked at Apple from 1997 to 2011, and was previously at Steve Job's NeXT. The company, based in Redwood City, CA, stores users' data – photos, videos, documents and music – in its own data centre and says this about its core technology:..

Read more from the source @ https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/08/29/wdc_buys_public_cloud_storage_startup/

Microsoft boosts cloud HPC strategy with Cycle Computing acquisition

Grazed from CBROnline. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft has acquired Cycle Computing so that it can accelerate “Big Computing” in the cloud. Cycle Computing is described by Microsoft Azure VP Jason Zander in a blog post as being “a leader in cloud computing orchestration, to help make it easier than ever for customers to use High-Performance Computing and other Big Computing capabilities in the cloud.”

The company first made its name on Amazon Web Services EC2 offering with software that claimed to be able to spin up to 10,000 cores, back in 2011, and then 50,000 cores which was designed for the discovery of pharmaceutical drugs. That was showcased in 2013, along with a 71,000 core offering that ran at 729 teraflops...

Read more from the source @ http://www.cbronline.com/news/cloud/public/microsoft-boosts-cloud-hpc-strategy-cycle-computing-acquisition/

Cloud Computing: HPE's Whitman Sees Acquisitions as Bigger Part of Strategy

Grazed from Bloomberg. Author: Brian Womack.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman, who has been racking up acquisitions to stay competitive in the age of cloud computing, said the company's shopping spree may not be over. "I think you will see acquisitions become a bigger part of our strategy," Whitman said in an interview Tuesday in Las Vegas at the company's Discover conference. The company, based in Palo Alto, California, has already unveiled purchases so far this year worth more than $1.5 billion.

Whitman is hunting for tools that would help boost demand for the company's main server and storage products, seeking to push back against direct competitors such as Dell Technologies, as well as cloud-computing providers such as Amazon.com Inc. She's spent the past few years slimming down HPE, including splitting off the personal-computer and printer business and shedding some services and software units in multibillion-dollar deals. Now, she said, it's more clear where the company's resources should be spent...

Read more from the source @ https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-07/hpe-s-whitman-sees-acquisitions-as-bigger-part-of-strategy

Kaseya Acquires Industry-Leading Cloud Management Solution; Launches Unigma Cloud Management Suite

Grazed from Kaseya

Kaseya, the leading provider of complete IT management solutions for managed service providers (MSPs) and mid-market enterprises, today announced the launch and general availability of the Unigma Cloud Management Suite. Aimed at filling the void in public cloud management solutions for MSPs, the Unigma Cloud Management Suite delivers unified cloud management capabilities that empower MSPs to automate routine tasks, and optimize cost management through detailed cloud utilization analysis. The solution suite elevates the breadth of the Kaseya IT Complete Platform to deliver an industry-proven technology that efficiently and cost-effectively monitors public cloud infrastructures, and enables MSPs to grow their businesses through new service line offerings.

"I'm thrilled to introduce our acquisition of Unigma and unveil the leading unified public cloud management solution for MSPs," said Fred Voccola, CEO of Kaseya. "We bought Unigma because it is the clear leader in this burgeoning market of cloud management solutions. Not only does the technology allow for the management of public clouds, but it also addresses financial optimizations. The Unigma Cloud Management Suite provides unmatched public cloud management capabilities that will save MSPs even more time and money, and provide new opportunities for them to monetize and grow their business. This is a powerful new component to our Kaseya IT Complete family of industry-leading IT management solutions."
 

Cloud Computing: Google May Need an Acquisition to Catch Amazon, Microsoft

Grazed from Barron's. Author: Tiernan Ray.

Goldman Sachs analysts Heather Bellini and Heath Terry, and colleagues today issued an interesting report that summarizes points from a discussion about cloud computing that has implications for Alphabet (GOOGL). The authors spoke with RightScale, a firm that helps enterprises make the transition to cloud computing.

RightScale CEO Michael Crandall told them about the trends his customers, and their views on Google, on Microsoft’s (MSFT) Azure cloud service, and on Amazon (AMZN). One takeaway the authors had was that Google’s cloud service is still “far behind Amazon and Azure.” That’s based on the fact that RightScale only 15% of customers report having used Google...

IBM to Buy Verizon's Private Cloud, Managed Hosting Business

Grazed from ChannelPartnersOnline. Author: Editorial Staff.

Verizon is selling its private cloud and managed hosting services to IBM. George Fischer, senior vice president and group president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions, wrote in a blog Wednesday that the carrier will partner with IBM for “strategic initiatives" in cloud and networking. “This is a unique cooperation between two tech leaders to support global organizations as they look to fully realize the benefits of their cloud computing investments," Fischer said.

The companies have not disclosed the terms of the deal, but it is expected to close later this year. Fischer says Verizon Enterprise Solutions is set up to provide customers intelligent networking, business communications and managed IT services. “It is the latest development in an ongoing IT strategy aimed at allowing us to focus on helping our customers securely and reliably connect to their cloud resources and utilize cloud-enabled applications," he said...

Cloud Computing: AWS acquisition of Thinkbox could lead to more heavy-duty tools, users

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: David Carty.

A recent AWS acquisition taps into vertical market technology, hoping to entice new customers with high-performance workloads while also bolstering its cloud management capabilities at the same time. Earlier this month, Amazon Web Services acquired Thinkbox Software, which provides a suite of image and particle-rendering management and geometry caching tools for media visual effects (VFX) design and development, for undisclosed terms.

The AWS acquisition is the latest example of Amazon, and other large public cloud players, adding services that appeal to specific markets and customers, and it could improve existing cloud services with specific capabilities such as support for compute-intensive workloads...

HPE Acquires SimpliVity for $650 Million, Another Proof Point for HCI

Article Written by David Marshall

This month, HP Enterprise (HPE) announced an agreement to acquire Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) vendor Simplivity for $650M.  The acquisition highlights the growing popularity of consolidated computing systems that CIOs are adopting as an alternative to public cloud services, and suggests that on-premises computing systems still remain a crucial option for many organizations.

SimpliVity is but one of many companies offering hyperconverged systems which bundle computing, storage and networking onto the same server.  The company's flagship product is called the OmniCube hyperconverged infrastructure appliance, and they've been working with hardware vendors such as Lenovo, Dell, Cisco and Huawei to bring the software portion of its solution to those vendors' hardware platforms.

SimpliVity was founded in 2009, and over the last couple of years, they raised almost $276 million in four funding rounds led by Waypoint Capital, Accel Partners, Charles River Ventures, DFJ Growth, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) and Meritech Capital Partners.  When the company raised its Series D round of $175 million in March of 2015, the company was estimated to be worth as much as $1 billion.

 

Cloud Computing: AWS Quietly Acquired Cybersecurity Firm Harvest.ai

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Chris Burt.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) acquired San Diego-based cybersecurity firm harvest.ai for a reported $19 million sometime in early 2016, investor Fred Wang has confirmed. Wang, a general partner with harvest.ai investor Trinity Ventures, declined to confirm the terms of the deal, but told GeekWire “it was a good win for the investors and for the management team.”

“The company works in an area called data-leakage prevention,” Wang said. “At one time a lot of companies got into it, but most of them didn’t get much traction. Harvest.ai automated looking at file-access patterns to detect which are normal and which are not.” It does this by using neural nets, natural-language processing, and other AI algorithms, and tracking data storage and access, and components, applications, and users on the network...