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Rackspace stays the managed cloud course

Taylor Rhodes, president of Rackspace, was appointed chieyf executive officer as the company reaffirmed its pursuit of managed cloud and developer services

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.

OnApp acquires SolusVM to bolster federated cloud network

OnApp has acquired SolusVM in a bid to strengthen its cloud federation

OnApp, which provides cloud orchestration and federation software for infrastructure as a service providers, has acquired rival SolusVM for an undisclosed sum. Kosten Metreweli, chief commercial officer at OnApp told BCN the move will strengthen the company’s ambitious federated cloud network due to go live later this year.

HP buys Eucalyptus to bolster AWS portability

HP has acquired Eucalyptus for an undisclosed sum

HP announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Eucalyptus, a software firm that develops an open source platform for developing hybrid cloud platforms capable of easily shifting workloads between on premise systems and AWS.

Acronis buys BackupAgent, bolsters cloud-based backup

Acronis has acquired BackupAgen for an undisclosed sum

Disaster recovery and backup solutions provider Acronis has acquired BackupAgent, a provider of whitelabel cloud-based backup software solutions for service providers, for an undisclosed sum.

Google buys cloud-based visual effects provider Zync Render

Google has acquired Zync for an undisclosed sum

Google has acquired Zync Render, a provider of cloud-based visual effects and rendering tools used to help develop special effects Stark Trek Into Darkness and Transformers Dark Of The Moon among other titles, for an undisclosed sum. The move will give Google access to a new, specialised vertical that relies on high performance infrastructure – which could be very lucrative for the cloud provider.

VMware buys CloudVolumes to unify management across virtualised, physical environments

VMware said its acquisition of CloudVolumes will help it unify application management across multiple environments

Virtualisation incumbent VMware announced it has acquired CloudVolumes, a provider of virtual desktop application services, for an undisclosed sum. VMware said the move will enable customers to more easily manage applications within virtualised and physical desktop environments.

Samsung snaps up SmartThings in IoT play

SmartThings is a connected home specialist

The landgrab for Internet of Things (IoT) assets continues with Samsung buying up a ready made IoT community and ecosystem in the form of SmartThings.

Empirix picks up telco big data analytics provider Verios

Empirix has acquired big data analytics provider Verios for an undisclosed sum

Network performance specialist Empirix has acquired real-time analytics firm Verios Software & Systems for an undisclosed sum. Combining the two product suites, Empirix said it aims to create a service operation centre management suite that will analyse and troubleshoot wireless network customer experience from end-user devices to the core network in real time.

US regulators clear IBM divestiture to Lenovo

IBM gets that cloud and big data is where its capacity for future revenue generation lie

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has approved the sale of IBM’s lower end x86 hardware business to Lenovo, an acquisition first announced in January following years of dwindling sales and increasingly pressured margins.

Telstra acquires cloud TV and analytics specialist Ooyala

Jay Fulcher

Australian service provider Telstra is to acquire video streaming and analytics specialist Ooyala for US$270 million (€201 million).

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