New cloud contact center capabilities strengthen Aspect’s market position

Aphrodite Brinsmead, Senior Analyst, Customer Engagement

At its industry analyst conference in Phoenix, Arizona in January 2014, Aspect proudly discussed its newly refocused business. Two years ago the vendor was working closely with Microsoft and struggling to gain new business in a saturated contact center infrastructure market. However, Aspect begins 2014 with new products, strong financials for 2013, and a positive growth forecast.

The strategic acquisitions it made in 2013 have helped Aspect get back on...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 21 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, M&A, Security.

China Unicom enters cloud race with Wo-Cloud service

The past couple of weeks have seen a variety of updates from players looking to up their cloudy stake in China, including Amazon and IBM.

Now China Unicom has joined the race, offering a service called Wo-Cloud, according to a report from Web Hosting Daily.

According to the firm’s president, Lu Yimin, China Unicom will focus on the IaaS and PaaS area.

“China Unicom will rely on its advantages in...

By James Bourne, 02 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, IaaS, M&A, PaaS.

Best and worst performing cloud computing stocks in 2013

Cloud computing stocks continue to show wide variation in performance throughout the first half of this year.

Ten of the twenty companies in the Cloud Computing Stock Index delivered returns to shareholders with NetSuite leading with a 37.30% share gain, delivering $13,730 on $10,000 invested on January 2, 2013.

To more fully define the stock performance of these companies, I’ve added Earnings Per Share (EPS), Price/Earnings Ratio, Year-To-Date (YTD) Total Gains or Loss, Annualized Gain or Loss, and Total Dollar...

By Louis Columbus, 10 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, M&A, Research, VMware.

IBM announces SoftLayer acquisition – and competition hots up

Tech giant IBM has announced the acquisition of cloud infrastructure provider SoftLayer, evidently hoping to strengthen IBM’s position in the cloud infrastructure as a service space.

It’s not hard to imagine the reasons around this. Dallas-based SoftLayer calls its platform “cloud without compromise”, and describes itself as the largest privately held cloud infrastructure provider in the world.

IBM’s cloud portfolio certainly hits home enterprise-side, particularly with

By James Bourne, 06 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, M&A, Public.

Cloud computing firm iomart’s profits continue to rise

iomart Group, proclaimed as the UK’s leading cloud computing company, has registered end of year profits of £10.7m before tax growth, an increase of 56% and marking a significant improvement on 2012’s £6.9m profit.

Revenue growth went up 29% to £43.1m, again an improvement on the previous year, whilst adjusted EBITDA growth (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) was 48%, up to £16.5m.

The figures are suitably impressive for the Scottish company,...

By James Bourne, 29 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Europe, M&A, SLA, Trends.

Actian goes on a Big Data acquisition spree

Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Software – Enterprise Solutions

Actian, the vendor formerly known as Ingres, has suddenly put itself on the map through rapid-fire acquisitions of Pervasive Software, ParAccel, and Versant Software. The die was cast more than two years ago with its acquisition of Vectorwise, a fast, single-node analytic database. Actian’s goal is to assemble a mini-stack that includes a data integration engine and different data platforms for different transactional and analytic use cases. With the...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 09 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, M&A.

The cloud pushes Microsoft into data centre hardware

By Tim Stammers, Senior Analyst, IT Infrastructure

Microsoft has announced its intention to buy StorSimple, a startup seller of enterprise storage systems, for an undisclosed price.

The move reflects Microsoft’s determination to be a cloud leader, and shows that its promise to become a “devices and services company” extends well beyond its forthcoming Surface tablet, and into data centre hardware.

StorSimple sells sophisticated midrange storage systems, which store data in public clouds,...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 19 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Hardware, M&A, Storage.

For VMware and Nicira, software trumps hardware

By David Krozier, Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure Practice

On July 23 VMware, the server virtualisation powerhouse, agreed to acquire software-defined networking pioneer Nicira for $1.26bn; both parties expect the transaction to close in 2012.

VMware, a subsidiary of EMC, expects the acquisition to advance its progress towards programmatic control of virtualised compute, storage, and network resources – what it calls software-defined data centres.

Although Nicira’s current annual...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 31 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Forecasts, M&A, Virtualisation, VMware.