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Intel has reportedly acquired the market leader in client virtualization, Neocleus. 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)

Will Oracle Bid for HP?

"Larry Ellison is borderline bat-shit crazy on a good day," the analyst Rob Enderle is quoted as saying in a piece last week by Sam Gustin - a senior writer at DailyFinance, an AOL Finance & Money site. Enderle was prompted to utter this remark by speculation that perhaps the Oracle CEO is about to embark upon the acquisition of his life: of HP. "I think his bet is that he can damage HP enough that it drops in value and he can wander in with an offer," Enderle is quoted as having added. So is it possible that Ellison the Conqueror, CEO of Oracle Corporation since he founded the company in 1977, truly has the $90BN HP in the crosshairs of his acquisition rifle-sight? Can a $120BN company somehow buy and absorb a $90BN one? Well certainly he now has on board the exact right man to tackle the integration of such a purchase: none other than HP's own former CEO, Mark Hurd. A... (more)

IBM Snags Netezza for $1.7BN

"IBM is bringing analytics to the masses," said Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive, IBM Software and Systems, as it was announced Monday that IBM is to acquire Netezza, Netezza is a leading provider of high-performance analytics in a data warehousing appliance. "We continue to evolve our capabilities for systems integration, bringing together optimized hardware and software, in response to increasing demand for technology that delivers true business value," Mills (pictured) continued, adding: Netezza is a perfect example of this approach." Steve Mills via satellite with Jonathan Schwartz during the opening keynote of JavaOne. (Photo copyright: Fuat Kircaali - Ulitzer, Inc.) ... (more)

Cloud Computing Acquisition: Cisco To Acquire LineSider

"Cloud computing represents a significant opportunity for Cisco customers to create more effective business models and increase the operating efficiency of the network," said Jesper Andersen, senior vice president of Cisco's Network Management Technology Group (NMTG), as Cisco this week announced its intent to acquire privately held LineSider Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of network management software that "helps customers build the network services necessary to securely create and deploy cloud computing infrastructure." "With the acquisition of LineSider," Anderson continued, "Cisco will gain a key component to helping customers make this shift." Based in Danvers, MA, LineSider will be bringing to Cisco advanced network management software that integrates both physical and virtual network services with a policy-based approach and makes networks more flexi... (more)

Time Warner Cable Buys into the Cloud

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 billion. 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 of it.aaaa 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 headquartered. On the m... (more)

AT&T Swoops To Buy T-Mobile USA for $39BN

In a move that would if approved allow it to overtake Verizon as the biggest US wireless provider, AT&T Sunday announced evening announced that it has agreed to buy T-Mobile USA from Germany's Deutsche Telekom. The deal needs both DoJ and FCC approval and would close in 2012 to makeAT&T/T-Mobile the undisputed 600-pound gorilla of the wireless world. Part of the deal is that Deutsche Telekom would receive one seat on the board of AT&T. Below is this evening's announcement in full: Deutsche Telekom sells T-Mobile USA for 39 billion U.S.-Dollar to AT&T Mar 20, 2011 Ad Hoc notification from Deutsche Telekom in accordance with § 15 of the Securities Trading Act (WpHG) Deutsche Telekom and AT&T today announce that AT&T will buy T-Mobile USA, an affiliate of Deutsche Telekom, for 39 billion US-Dollar. This has been agreed by the boards of the two companies today. Deutsche Tele... (more)

General Dynamics Acquires Network Connectivity Solutions

General Dynamics announced on Monday that it has acquired Network Connectivity Solutions (NETCONN), a provider of enterprise services and cloud computing to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The value of the cash transaction, which is expected to be accretive to General Dynamics' earnings beginning in 2012, has not been disclosed. NETCONN provides enterprise IT services to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and other DoD agencies. It supports net-centric IT operations, including data center infrastructure, value engineering, information assurance and edge computing. NETCONN will become part of General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics based in Fairfax, Va. General Dynamics Information Technology provides systems integration, systems engineering, professional services and simulation and training to customers in the ... (more)

CDB Software To Be Acquired By @BMCSoftware | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

BMC Software plans to acquire assets of CDB Software, Inc., a mainframe data management company that has developed utilities for managing IBM DB2 databases with virtually no outage. Focusing on the availability of mission-critical applications is strategic for BMC as it continues to help its customers transform IT into a competitive advantage for their business. CDB's technology complements BMC's existing mainframe data management portfolio, which includes software utilities for DB2 administration, maintenance, application tuning, and backup/recovery. The integrated BMC portfolio will give DB2 customers an advantage as they manage ever-larger DB2 objects and real-time transaction volumes in a digital 24x7 world. "Similar to BMC, CDB has a rich history of innovation in the DB2 market, and we're excited to bring its solutions to BMC customers," said Bill Miller, pres... (more)

Dell Buys Appliance Maker Kace Networks

Mergers & Acquisitions on Ulitzer Dell said Thursday that it's buying the privately held systems management appliance company Kace Networks Inc. It did not say what it's paying. Acquisitions are rare at Dell, but the company is desperate for growth and confirmed this week that it's trying to buy bankrupt Exanet in Israel. Dell will create a new unit to house Kace and its people under current management. The California company, which started to put its software in Dell servers last year, chases the mid-market and public institutions like government, education and healthcare, offering to manage their desktops, laptops and servers. It claims 1400 customers. Its KBOX systems handle device discovery, system inventory, asset management; configuration management, including operating system deployment, power management software distribution, application virtualization and sc... (more)

IBM Buys Unica

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. ... (more)

Cisco To Buy Skype?

As Dell and HP slug it out to capture 3PAR, Cisco may be adopting a quieter acquisition style and attempting - according to TechCrunch anyway - to acquire Skype. Citing someone he refers to only as "one of our more reliable sources," the Silicon Valley-based site's senior editor Michael Arrington claims Cisco has already made an offer before Skype has time to complete its recently announced IPO. It is five years now since eBay famously acquired Skype for $1.9 billion. Such an acquisition by Cisco, if it were confirmed, would mark a new scale for the current round of M&A activity, which has seen Intel acquiring McAfee, HP acquiring Palm and 3Com, EMC acquiring Data Domain, and so on. Not to mention Oracle's acquisition of Sun, or Dell's of Perot Systems. Speculation is rife that Google and Microsoft are both now in search of a major quarry. And certainly IBM is hoovering u... (more)