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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.

Stratoscale bags $32m from Intel, Cisco, SanDisk

Stratoscale's software, while not open source, leverages a number of open source components

Stratoscale, which offers converged cloud orchestration software for the datacentre, has secured $32m in funding from a range of tech investment firms including Intel Capital, Cisco Investments, SanDisk, Battery Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners.

Annodata buys Keltec to bolster cloud expansion

Annodata has acquired Keltec to bolster its expertise in virtualisation and cloud

Managed services provider Annodata has acquired Keltec, a UK-based IT solutions and cloud services provider, for an undisclosed sum. Andrew Harman, Annodata’s managing director said the move will bolster its expansion into cloud services.

Fusion dishes $10m for cloud-based coms firm PingTone

EMC has bought OpenStack pioneer Cloudscaling

Cloud services provider Fusion has just acquired PingTone, a provider of cloud-based communication and call centre services, for about $10m.

EMC acquires Maginatics, Spanning to bolster cloud, data recovery strategy

EMC has been gobbling up cloud companies as of late

EMC has acquired Maginatics and Spanning Cloud Apps in a bid to bolster the company’s cloud and data recovery expertise, just a couple of weeks after the company bought OpenStack specialist Cloudscaling.

Why EMC is acquiring most of Cisco’s stake in VCE

EMC is taking ownership of VCE

EMC announced it has acquired most of Cisco’s stake in VCE, the company jointly created by the two companies (along with VMware and Intel) in 2009 to sell converged compute, networking and storage offerings – Vblock Systems. The move is a sign growing competitive tensions among EMC, VMware and Cisco are coming to a head.

Google buys API specialist Firebase

James Tamplin, co-founder and chief executive officer of Firebase

Google has long taken interest in the kinds of sync capabilities Firebase has built. The company uses REST APIs and extends the use of HTML 5 FileSystem APIs to keep Chromebooks in sync with its cloud services, for instance. With Firebase joining Google, the search giant will be able to extend those kinds of capabilities to a range of mobile and desktop platforms.

Citrix buys e-signing incumbent RightSignature

Citrix bought RightSignature and plans to integrate the service with ShareFile

Both Citrix and RightSignature have worked together for a number of years now, but the acquisition will see RightSignature’s team join Citrix’s documents and cloud division, and tighter integration between RightSignature and Citrix ShareFile, the company’s document sharing and collaboration platform.

BAE moves on SilverSky in cybersecurity play

BAE is reportedly paying $230m for SilverSky

BAE Systems has announced the acquisition of SilverSky, a provider of cloud-based security with clients primarily in regulated sectors. Ian King, chief executive officer of BAE Systems said the move will bolster the company’s cybersecurity business.

Ericsson buys Sentilla to bolster cloud management, analytics capabilities

Ericsson has acquired Sentilla to bolster its cloud monitoring and analytics capabilities

Swedish networking incumbent Ericsson has acquired Sentilla, a California-based provider of datacentre infrastructure management and visibility software, for an undisclosed sum. Ericsson said the move will create new revenue opportunities in the enterprise segment.

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