Oracle announced Larry Ellison will step down from his current role as chief executive officer to take on executive chairmanship of the company as well as the role of chief technology officer. The move will also see co-presidents Mark Hurd and Safra Catz jointly take the helm as CEO.
Energy provider Hess Corporation said this week that the company has migrated its SAP HANA test, development and QA environments to Virtustream’s cloud platform.
German software giant SAP announced plans to acquire travel expenses software firm Concur Technologies in a deal worth $8.3bn. SAP said it wants to unlock what it sees as a huge opportunity tied up in the $1.2tn corporate spend on travel worldwide.
Virtualisation incumbent Citrix has acquired Virtual, a mobile app virtualisation startup targeting iOS and Android, for an undisclosed sum. The move will bolster Citrix’s mobile virtualisation efforts, which have stepped up significantly as the popularity of mobile enterprises and BYOD rises.
Networking giant Cisco announced plans to acquire Metacloud, a provider of OpenStack as a service, in a bid to bolster the company’s ‘Intercloud’ strategy. The move will also give Cisco some strong IP in software defined networking.
Dell founder and chief executive officer Michael Dell told analysts and press this week that going private has helped the company thrive following his controversial move to buy back the company he founded in 1984. The company plans to keep acting as the single interface for multiple public clouds, but Dell also hinted the company may move away from longstanding partner Intel towards using ARM-based chips for some of its servers, which could send ripples through the datacentre world and the cloud segment.
Hosting and cloud service provider Rackspace ended months of speculation this week, announcing the company has formally ceased considering potential acquisition by another firm. Rackspace also announced the appointment of Taylor Rhodes as chief executive officer, who will lead the company’s reaffirmed OpenStack managed cloud strategy.
Linux containerisation incumbent Docker announced it has secured $40m in a funding round led by Sequoia, which the company said would be used to expand its ecosystem of developers and partners.
Japanese retailer Muji has deployed Infosys’s InteractEdge, a cloud-based big data platform that serves up personalised product recommendations to online customers in real-time.
Cloudn, which offers a cloud platform monitoring and optimisation service has secured $4m in its latest funding round, bringing its total secured investment to $5.5m. The company said the funds will be used to build support for more cloud platforms.