Business Cloud News

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.

EMC buys OpenStack pioneer Cloudscaling

EMC has bought OpenStack pioneer Cloudscaling

The move is the latest in a series of acquisitions aimed at bolstering workload portability between OpenStack and other large clouds, with HP’s acquisition of Eucalyptus, Red Hat’s eNovance buy and Cisco’s purchase of Metacloud all taking place earlier this year.

Symantec follows HP, files for divorce

Symantec is splitting into two businesses, one focused on IM and the other on security

Barely a week after HP announced it would split its business in two, Symantec, best known for its anti-virus products, announced it would split itself into two independent publicly-traded companies.

Box buys medical image collaboration provider MedXT

The acquisition suggests Box is serious about deep vertical integration

Box has acquired MedXT, a pioneer in cloud-based medical image viewing, sharing and collaboration, for an undisclosed sum. According to Box founder and chief executive officer Aaron Levie the acquisition will help the company make strong inroads into the healthcare sector.

Ericsson buys majority stake in PaaS startup Apcera


Ericsson announced an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Apcera, a US-based startup that provides a multi-workload deployment and management platform as a service (PaaS).

SAP buys travel expenses management firm Concur for $8.3bn

SAP has acquired Concur, the latest firm to help the company bolster its B2B network

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.