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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 “onerous... (more)

Cloud Computing: Rackspace Acquires Anso Labs

"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 last summer. "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)

IBM Acquires @BlueBox | @CloudExpo #IoT #DevOps #OpenStack #Microservices

IBM has acquired Blue Box Group, Inc., a managed private cloud provider built on OpenStack. Customers benefit from the ability to more easily deploy workloads across hybrid cloud environments. Financial details were not disclosed. Enterprises are seeking ways to embrace all types of cloud to address a wide range of workloads. Today's announcement reinforces IBM's commitment to deliver flexible cloud computing models that make it easier for customers to move to data and applications across clouds and meets their needs across public, private and hybrid cloud environments. With Gartner forecasting that 72 percent of enterprises will be pursuing a hybrid cloud strategy this year [1], it is increasingly important for companies to leverage multiple models while maintaining consistent management across their cloud platforms. Through Blue Box, IBM will help businesses rapid... (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)

VMware Acquires EMC's Mozy

"Today it is my pleasure to announce that VMware has hired the team and acquired assets behind EMC’s Mozy cloud-based data protection service," wrote VMware CTO and former Cloud Expo keynoter Steve Herrod Monday, as VMware continued its quest, through strategic acquisitions if necessary, to bring the enterprise hybrid cloud to its customers and partners. Steve Herrod, VMware CTO, during his Virtualization Conference & Expo Keynote in New York City "VMware will operate the Mozy service on behalf of EMC without interruption," Herrod continued, adding: "However, the strategic relevance of today’s news is what this group brings to VMware. Over the past 5 years, Mozy has built one of the best examples of a globally distributed, large-scale cloud offering. We believe that, by being directly engaged with the delivery of such a service, VMware will further ramp our own clou... (more)

HTC Buying Dashwire

It's ostensibly to strengthen HTCSense.com's hand in mobile cloud services since the five-year-old company's Dashworks platform offers mobile and web applications for setting up and personalizing smartphones and tablets, and synchronizing content across multiple devices. However, it's suspected HTC, currently in a multi-front wrestling match with Apple over Android, wants Dashwire at least as much for its patents. Dashwire bought patents off of Nathan Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures back at the beginning of April but only for defensive purposes. HTC last month agreed to buy S3 Graphics for $300 million, a deal that should bring it a reported 235 mostly graphics patents. Perversely, the International Trade Commission recently decided that Apple's Macs, but not its iPads or iPhones, infringe S3 patents, making it less useful to HTC. Dashwire is backed to the tune of a... (more)

Apparently Somebody’s Going to Buy Cotendo

Reports have Akamai buying like-minded web site acceleration house Cotendo for somewhere in the neighborhood of $300 million, $350 million. The unconfirmed rumor started over the weekend in the Israeli financial daily Calcalist and was picked up by TechCrunch and Reuters. Akamai and Cotendo are supposedly in advanced talks according to Calcalist but Globes claims Juniper Networks and AT&T are also trying to buy the little three-year-old company. Cotendo, which got started in Israel and still maintains its R&D there, has raised over $36 million in four rounds from Sequoia, Benchmark and Tenaya. In its $17 million D round five months ago Juniper and Citrix also subscribed along with the three VCs. According to Calcalist the start-up should be good for $20 million-$30 million in revenues this year with $30 million coming in over the next four years from AT&T. The sta... (more)

EMC Reportedly Looking for Security (Acquisitions)

EMC has $5.65 billion in cash in the bank and Bloomberg says it wants to buy security software houses with it to fuel growth. COO Joe Goulden told the wire service last month that security is the biggest area for potential acquisitions since the company already had "all the key parts we were looking to put together" in data storage. He also said that security had to be "reinvented" for the cloud and that a bunch of start-ups are doing that very thing.   An analyst suggested Palo Alto Networks, which just IPO'd late last month and is currently valued at around $4.4 billion, might be a target. So could Fortinet and Check Point Software Technologies. All three are firewall companies.   Citigroup thinks IBM and Cisco could be targeting Palo Alto too, but only after the patent infringement suit brought by Juniper Networks is resolved. That could take more than a year. ... (more)

IBM's TMS Acquisition Analyzed

How much flash (or DRAM) based Solid State Device (SSD) do you want or need? IBM recently took a flash step announcing it wants and needs more SSD capabilities in different packaging and functionality capabilities to meet the demands and opportunities of customers, business partners and prospects by acquiring Texas Memory Systems (TMS). Unlike most of the current generation of SSD vendors besides those actually making the dies (chips or semiconductors) or SSD drives that are startups or relatively new, TMS is the industry veteran. Where most of the current SSD vendors experiences (as companies) is measured in months or at best years, TMS has seen several generations and SSD adoption cycles during its multi-decade existence. What this means is that TMS has been around during past dynamic random access memory (DRAM) based SSD cycles or eras, as well as being an earl... (more)

VMware Sells Zimbra to Telligent

VMware has sold off its partially open source Zimbra messaging and collaboration assets to Telligent, which means to merge with Zimbra to form a new software company offering what it called "the first unified social collaboration suite built for the post-PC era." Terms were not disclosed. Apparently the new reconstituted Zimbra will get an undisclosed amount of funding from Intel Capital, NXT Capital Venture Finance, BDCA, Hall Financial Group and VMware to combine Zimbra's comprehensive messaging and collaboration solutions with Telligent's social community, collaboration and analytics software. The new company will be led by an integrated management team under Telligent CEO Patrick Brandt. VMware described the financial impact of the divestiture as "immaterial" and said it was already included in its 2013 guidance. It said the sale completes the "divestitures as... (more)

SoftLayer Fuels Hybrid Cloud Growth for IBM with New Clients and Services

On Monday IBM stated that SoftLayer is fueling hybrid cloud adoption by attracting thousands of new clients including leading enterprises. To support this ongoing growth, IBM is also launching a range of new cloud services designed for the enterprise that are based on SoftLayer infrastructure. Just one year after its acquisition, SoftLayer has become the galvanizing force behind IBM's rapid acceleration to cloud leadership. IBM bought SoftLayer for $2 billion in July 2013 and has continued to invest significantly in its cloud portfolio. Clients all over the world are moving to the IBM Cloud, with thousands migrating to SoftLayer in the past year alone. New enterprise customers including Macy's, Whirlpool, Daimler subsidiary moovel Gmbh, Sicoss Group and many others are transforming their operations for the emerging hybrid cloud era. Hybrid cloud computing represent... (more)