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Telstra confirms discussions to acquire datacentre and networking specialist Pacnet

Telstra is in talks to acquire Pacnet

Australia’s former state-owned telco, Telstra, has confirmed discussions are underway over a potential acquisition of datacentre and undersea cable operator Pacnet. At this stage, the cost of any possible transaction has not been announced.

Microsoft buys HockeyApp to bolster mobile app monitoring

Microsoft wants to expand its support for non-Windows mobile devices

Microsoft has acquired HockeyApp, a provider of mobile app crash analytics and app distribution services. The company said it plans to integrate HockeyApp’s technology into its Application Insights offering in a bid to expand support for iOS and Android devices.

CenturyLink continues shopping spree with Cognilytics

CenturyLink snapped up Cognilytics for an undisclosed sum

CenturyLink is continuing its acquisition spree this week with the purchase of Cognilytics, a big data service provider for large and mid-market enterprises. The announcement comes just days after the firm bought disaster recovery solutions provider DataGardens.

iomart buys ServerSpace for £4.25m

iomart has acquired ServerSpace for £4.25m

Glasgow-based cloud computing firm iomart announced it has acquired ServerSpace, a rival cloud service provider, for £4.25m. The move comes as the company reported a revenue increase of almost 28 per cent in its consolidated half yearly results for the period ending 30 September.

CenturyLink buys DataGardens in disaster recovery play


US telco and cloud provider CenturyLink is acquiring DataGardens, a Canadian disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) firm, for an undisclosed sum.

Mesosphere raises $36m, announces fully-fledged cloud operating system

Mesosphere is pitching its DCOS as a scalable

Mesosphere, a firm best known for commercialising Apache Mesos, has raised $36m in a series B round of funding and launched a datacentre operating system that it said helps users aggregate and manage vast quantities of datacentre resources and deploy distributed applications.

Financial industry chat consolidates as Symphony buys Markit’s messaging service

Symphony has acquired Markit's cloud-based collaboration technology

Symphony Communications, a financial industry messaging service provider, has acquired a rival service provided by Markit, a financial data management provider. The move may bolster Symphony’s ability to rival more entrenched, expensive cloud-based chat services used by financial institutions.

Datacentre, cloud services provider IO latest company to split

IO is splitting up, with IO focusing on cloud and colocation and its spin off Baselayer focusing on datacentre hardware and software

Datacentre, colocation and cloud services provider IO announced this week that the company intends to split into two companies in early 2015, one to focus on its cloud and colocation business and the other to focus on datacentre hardware and software.

Microsoft targets smart email with Acompli acquisition

Microsoft has acquired Acompli to bolster its mobile strategy

Microsoft has acquired Acompli, a mobile email application provider for iOS and Android devices. The company hasn’t disclosed the final sale price but numerous reports suggest Acompli fetched north of $200m.

Microsoft buys Aorato in cloud security push

Microsoft bought Israel-based Active Director security specialist Aorato

The acquisition will see most of Aorato’s team join Microsoft, with the company ceasing to sell its flagship product, Directory Services Application Firewall (DAF). It’s unclear where Aorato’s technology will sit in the Microsoft portfolio but it would make sense to offer it as part of AD on Azure or Windows Server, or within its enterprise mobility services portfolio.