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"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)

Likewise Sells Heritage Assets to Go into Storage

Likewise, the open source company that made its bones connecting Linux, Mac OS X and Unix systems to Microsoft Active Directory, has sold off its Active Directory Bridge business unit, including its Likewise Open and Likewise Enterprise software, to Beyond Trust so it can concentrate on "disruptive" storage software. It claims it "sits at a very unique intersection of the storage, identity and security markets; we plan to fully exploit this position. As many of you know, we have quietly become the foundational platform for many of the biggest names in the storage industry. Moving forward we will be making a number of much higher profile announcements." Terms of the deal were not announced but Likewise will be using the money from the sale to build out its next-generation storage platform, which will apparently apply the company's identity smarts to addressing the ch... (more)

Intel Acquires Leading Client Virtualization Vendor Neocleus - Or Does It?

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)

HP Reported Buying ArcSight Next

Fresh from its acquisition of 3PAR for $2.35 billion, HP Sunday afternoon was reported close to buying ArcSight for around $1.5 billion by the Wall Street Journal. That would be something like a $300 million premium on ArcSight’s market cap lately. The paper wasn’t sure of the per-share price but heard ArcSight, which closed at $35.10 Friday, was asking $42 a share. It’s supposedly been looking to sell itself to one of the big tech companies. ArcSight, which monitors corporate networks for suspicious activity, earned $28.4 million on revenue of $181.4 million, up 33%, in the fiscal year ended April 30. The 451 Group thinks HP may have offered $800 million for the place before it IPO’d two years ago. ... (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)

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)

CA Technologies to Acquire Rally Software | @CAinc @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

CA Technologies has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Rally Software Development Corp. for $19.50 per share, which equates to approximately $480 million, net of cash acquired. The transaction has been unanimously approved by both Boards of Directors, and is expected to close in the second quarter of CA's fiscal 2016. Based in Boulder, CO, Rally has approximately 500 employees across four continents and FY 2015 sales of $88 million. "Software applications are changing the world, disrupting established business models and bringing in completely new experiences in areas from travel to banking. In order to compete, businesses need to develop high quality software quickly and reliably," said Mike Gregoire, Chief Executive Officer, CA Technologies. "Rally is a leading provider of Agile development software and services, with offerings that complem... (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 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)

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)

New Owner of Novell Might Be Cloud Expo Sponsor VMware

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 agree. 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. Lar... (more)