IBM is buying Unica Corporation for ~$480 million for its advertising and
marketing software. It's paying better than double what the stock was selling
for. The deal should close before the end of the year. Unica is supposed to
automatically predict customer preferences around which ad campaigns are
built and measured. Unica, which has maybe 1,500 customers, and its 500
people will become part of Blue's analytics unit. IBM means to use it
especially in developing countries.
Intel has reportedly acquired the market leader in client virtualization,
Known for its NeoSphere product. Neocleus is well known for its
implementation of industry-leading virtualization technologies, coupled with
centralized control and management that integrate with existing PC lifecycle
management tools. NeoSphere has long offered organizations a way to address
their client computing demands.
At this writing however a question-mark hangs over the acquisition. The blog
entry in which it was announced has disappeared from the Web!
Here is what is returned today, Friday September 3 when anyone currently hits
the URL of this blog posting at The Neocleus Blog:
Yet Thursday September 2 the entry was available to all via Google News:
As can be seen from the above Google search, the original blog post was
apparently authored by Neocleus's VP of Product Management, ... (more)
IBM said Monday morning that it's buying Netezza, the data warehouse
appliance company that competes with Oracle's vaunted Exadata widgetry, for
roughly $1.78 billion net of Netezza's bank book.
IBM timed the announcement to coincide with Oracle's OpenWorld festivities
which are just getting off the ground.
It said it would pay $27 a share cash, close to a 10% premium, modest
compared to the recent HP-3PAR deal. Wall Street evidently thinks IBM's bid
may be challenged like Dell's was for 3PAR because the punters, probably
thinking of Oracle, immediately bid Netezza's stock up over $27 on the news.
IBM, on the other hand, expects the acquisition to close in Q4.
Oracle has been lording Exadata over IBM in ads on the front page of the Wall
Street Journal claiming "Sun runs Oracle twice as fast as IBM's fastest
computer" and putting up $10 million for anyone - including I... (more)
"We were founded on the principle of architecting and integrating
virtualization, storage, and networking solutions," said Peter Castaldi,
Principal and Co-Founder of Kovarus. "VCE validates our mission to provide
comprehensive cloud computing solutions to our customers, and we're excited
to promote our vision of a unified and virtualized data center through Vblock
and other VCE solutions to come."
Kovarus, a technology consulting firm specializing in data center design,
implementation, and optimization, on Monday announced it has joined the
Vblock partner ecosystem, a community of partners that are qualified to
augment, resell, and deliver VCE's Vblock Infrastructure Platform. These
packages are an element of VCE, the Virtual Computing Environment, formed by
Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel. Now Kovarus can help
customers accelerate their adopt... (more)
Time Warner Cable is buying NaviSite for $5.50 a share, which works out to
$230 million cash, a 33% premium.
NaviSite is a roughly $125 million-a-year web hosting and collocation outfit
that in the fashion of the times now has a managed cloud platform.
The move is reminiscent of Verizon buying Terremark last week for $1.4
It obviously paid for NaviSite to hold out. Last July it got a $3.05-a-share
offer from Atlantic Investors, a New York outfit that already owned a third
The deal brings Time Warner 10 data centers in the US and UK and roughly
1,200 customers including clients in financial services, healthcare,
industrial manufacturing and government agencies. Two of NaviSite’s data
centers are SAS 70 Type II-certified and it’s also got network operations
centers in Gurgaon, India and Andover, Massachusetts, where it’s
On the m... (more)
"This acquisition marks a significant step forward in our investment in the
success of OpenStack," wrote OpenStack's GM Jim Curry Wednesday as he
confirmed that Rackspace has acquired Anso Labs, best known for its work with
NASA to help build their Nebula cloud platform, the code behind which NASA
contributed to the open source community as the basis for OpenStack Compute
"We believe OpenStack is the right cloud operating system for the industry,
and we are committed to the continued evolution of this open platform and to
powering our own cloud with OpenStack for many years to come," Curry added.
Since Anso Labs is a participant in the OpenStack project and has already
contributed substantially to its success, it further underlines how strongly
Rackspace believes the world needs a truly open cloud platform and is
committed to helping build it.
Curry wa... (more)
If nothing else, HP Thursday morning made Dell's proposed acquisition of 3PAR
That was when Dell sweetened HP's unexpected $24-a-share bid on Monday for
the virtualized storage house by 30 cents to $1.53 billion, up from the $1.15
billion that 3PAR accepted from Dell last week.
HP now has to decide whether to raise again, a move that would presumably be
conditioned on getting any advance to stick. See, Dell's got perpetual
Anyway, Dell says 3PAR has accepted its amended offer and that if the obscure
little company walks away this time it's going to cost its suitor $72
million, up from the $53.5 million termination fee in their original
HP and Dell are chasing the unprofitable $200 million-a-year 3PAR for its
Wall Street evidently expects HP to counter because at $26 and change 3PAR's
stock price remain... (more)
Late Friday night when sensible people on the East Coast were either in bed
or in their cups, 3PAR's board sent out a message saying it had decided that
HP's offer Friday of $30 a share was "superior" to the $27 bid 3PAR had
accepted from Dell early Friday morning.
It said that it had notified Dell that it intends to terminate their merger
agreement in three business days.
That's 3PAR's way of telling Dell, which has the right to match HP's 30 bucks
and take precedence, to put up or shut up.
Dell Saturday repeated that it was thinking and would "make our intent known
at an appropriate time."
It said after HP went to $2 billion Friday, besting its $1.8 billion early
morning bid, that it was assessing what was best for its "investors and
The three days starts Monday and it's widely assumed Dell will run out the
Wall Street apparently believes that... (more)
Who is buying Novell? The Wall Street Journal is reporting that VMware is in
talks to acquire Novell's Linux software unit. Novell, adds the Journal, is
in "advanced talks with at least two buyers." VMware's primary interest would
be in purchasing Novell's SUSE Linux operating system business, experts
What experts don't agree on is whether or not SUSE Linux would be in the best
hands, were VMware to be its new custodian. Self-declared "Cyber Cynic" Steve
Vaughan-Nichols, for example, notes the irony that the CEO of VMware is none
other than an ex-Microsoftie, Paul Maritz (pictured).
So is the fox about to be put in charge of the hen-house?
Gartner VP Chris Wolf says "I think acquiring a mainstream Linux distro makes
sense for VMware" and notes:
"If VMware acquires Novell SUSE Linux, it will have a vertical offering much
like Microsoft, Oracle, and Red Hat.
It’s unlikely that anybody in the industry needs three anonymous Reuters
sources to tell them that NetWare has been the donkey on the bridge holding
up the sale of Novell for lo the six months the company’s been in play.
Everybody has known for years and years that that thing has been an albatross
around Novell’s neck. Heck, if Novell had been able to solve its NetWare
problem it wouldn’t have bought SUSE Linux.
Anyway, Reuters says that Novell can’t get whatever ridiculous price it’s
demanding for the little bloodsucker and that if it can’t unload the thing
at its valuation it may abort the sale of SUSE and stay independent, or IPO a
division, or something. It doesn’t want to sell off SUSE to VMware or CA or
whoever else has come a calling and be left there with NetWare in its hand.
Reuters identified Los Angeles-based Platinum Equity as having tired of the
TIBCO has brought OpenSpirit Corporation, which sells data and application
integration solutions to the oil and gas industry, on undisclosed terms. Its
widgetry gathers data from multiple sources to help spot likely deposits. The
privately held Texas concern has 200 clients in 57 countries. TIBCO made the
announcement when it posted better-than-expected fiscal Q3 results with
revenues and license both up 23%. It projected a better-than-expected Q4
attributed to clients doing real-time analyses, with retailers, say, making
cross-sell and up-sell offers while the customer is in the store or on the
web site. It is seen by some as acquisition fodder.