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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)

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)

Novell Sale May Fall Through: Reuters

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 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)

Kovarus Joined Vblock to Transition into Cloud Computing

"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 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)

Adobe Sued After Buying EchoSign

On Monday Adobe said that it had acquired EchoSign, a start-up in the electronic signatures business. Price wasn't disclosed but the outfit had raised at least $8.5 million from the venture capitalists. Adobe said it was going to move the e-sign widgetry into its online document exchange services platform, which is used for document access, review and approval. It also said it would integrate it with its document services like SendNow for managed file transfer, FormsCentral for forms creation and CreatePDF for online PDF creation. The acquisition had EchoSign founder and CEO Jason Lemkin, a lawyer by training, musing that between EchoSign's ease-of-use for contracting on the web and Adobe's brand, reach and trust in the document space, "I fully expect that electronic signatures will soon become the common way for people to sign documents." Bright and early Tuesday ... (more)

BlueBridge Networks Partners with Bluemile for Cloud Computing

"We are delivering a service based on our client's demand.  You pay for what you use, which makes our customization scalable. When our clients' needs change, we change with them" said Michael Marlowe, Bluemile President and co-founder. BlueBridge Networks, the Cleveland provider of data center services such as work group recovery, virtualization, cloud computing and managed services, has announced on Monday a multimillion-dollar joint investment with Columbus based Bluemile, Inc. to offer the most robust, scalable and secure cloud computing platform. The joint venture boasts state of-the-art architecture and service delivery for companies and organizations. Both companies were founded, are headquartered and operate in the state of Ohio. Bluemile provides premium cloud solutions through its virtual data center, along with a variety of networking and hosting solutions... (more)

China Gives Google-Motorola Merger Conditional OK

China's antitrust regulators gave Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility the nod Saturday provided Google's Android operating system remains open and free-of-charge for the next five years. The "free" stipulation apparently doesn't apply to applications or services, but it remains to be seen how that works out. Google will have to report about its compliance with the terms to a Chinese monitor. "At the end of the five years, the Ministry of Commerce will continue to assess the state of the Chinese smartphone operating system market," the agency said on its web site. Google's relationship with China has been tense since it moved its Chinese search operation to Hong Kong complaining of censorship. There's also the little matter of China reportedly hacking its computers and stealing its secrets. China was the last approval the giant deal needed so it m... (more)

Alleged Talks Between IBM & Lenovo Reportedly Break Down

The supposed talks between IBM and Lenovo over the Chinese company buying IBM's x86 server unit have reportedly broken down over price, which should come as a surprise to no one. Wong Wai Ming Lenovo's CFO and chief negotiator reportedly left Armonk, got on a plane and went back to Hong Kong. The talks of course could be rekindled after he talks to his masters. Of course the breakdown could just be Lenovo stage craft. Lenovo bought IBM's PC unit eight years ago for $1.25 billion and has done well with it. It is now the second- or third-largest PC company in the world and managed to shrug off last quarter's dire drop in PC sales. CRN, who broke the story that they were negotiating, said IBM wanted $5 billion-$6 billion. Bloomberg later reported a range between $2.5 billion and $4.5 billion. ... (more)