Cisco acquires Viptela in $610m deal for souped-up SD-WAN goodness

Cisco has announced its intent to acquire Viptela, a provider of software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) technology, for $610 million (£471.9m).

The acquisition will give Cisco more beef in terms of network deployments in an increasingly cloud app-heavy, Internet of Things (IoT)-connected technological landscape. The networking giant aims to combine Viptela’s cloud-first network management, orchestration and overlay technologies with its own routing platforms and services, with Cisco...

By James Bourne, 02 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Platform, Software, Virtualisation.

SoftBank leads $16.5m funding round for Dome9 Security

Dome9 Security, an Israeli cloud infrastructure provider, has announced the close of $16.5 million (£12.8m) in series C funding led by Japanese tech giant SoftBank.

Alongside the funding, SoftBank will also be the leading distributor of the Dome9 Arc cloud infrastructure security platform in the Japanese market.

Dome9, which was founded in 2010, aims to provide verifiable infrastructure security for every public cloud, including the primary suspects of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and...

By James Bourne, 19 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Public, Security.

Cloudera sets IPO price at $12 to $14 a share, eyes near $2bn valuation

Cloud tech IPOs seem to be like buses; you wait ages for one, then two come along at once. After Okta went public earlier this month, Cloudera, a data management platform provider, said it expects its initial public offering price to be between $12 and $14 per share for 15 million shares.

The company expects 128,064,103 shares to be outstanding after its initial offering, putting its valuation at approximately $1.8 billion, and between $2.2bn and $2.4bn including...

By James Bourne, 18 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data Management, Infrastructure, M&A.

Okta rings the bell on IPO as shares soar

The cloud tech IPO landscape has arguably stalled in recent years with the M&A landscape heating up alongside it – but one company looking to buck that trend is identity and management provider Okta, who officially rang the bell today after going public last month.

According to CNBC, the company’s shares went up 37% in the aftermath of its public debut, trading at around $23.

“We’re proud that today is Okta’s first day...

By James Bourne, 07 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, SaaS , Software.

VMware to sell vCloud Air to OVH for ‘next step’ in evolution

VMware has announced it is to sell its cloud offering based on the software-driven data centre (SDDC), vCloud Air, to French cloud computing provider OVH in what was described as ‘the next step in vCloud Air’s evolution’.

OVH, with more than one million customers and 260,000 servers deployed, is a long-time VMware partner. The company was cited by analyst firm Cloud Spectator in February as the second-best infrastructure as a...

By James Bourne, 06 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, M&A, Software, VMware.

Deloitte strengthens cloud options with acquisition, new jobs and studios

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Deloitte has announced the acquisition of Day1 Solutions, a cloud consulting business, to expand its options and accelerate clients’ digital transformation.

The consulting giant is also adding 3,000 new US-based high tech engineering jobs, as well as opening a series of cloud studios in Orlando, New York, and Washington D.C.

Day1 Solutions is a certified Amazon Web Services (AWS) partner, and its website now links to Deloitte’s cloud page....

By James Bourne, 27 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, M&A, Migration.

How cloud is ‘background radiation’ in a record tech M&A 2016

The cloud tech IPO landscape may have struggled a little of late, but the analysts at EY – formerly Ernst & Young – argue that on a global scale, 2016 saw an all-time record high in overall technology activity due to the “massive digital transformation” caused by disruptive technologies.

The overall aggregate 2016 value of $466.6 billion (£373bn) was up 2% over 2015’s previous record, while the Q416 figure of $117.2bn was down 38% year over year.

For the full year of...

By James Bourne, 23 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, M&A, Research, SaaS , Software.

Where is the true state of the cloud in 2017? Analysing two influential reports

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Two reports have hit this publication’s inbox around the ‘state of the cloud’ in recent days; a study from RightScale argues the market is growing at a solid clip, while the summary from Bessemer Venture Partners’ (BVP) Byron Deeter found an industry which struggled at the start of 2016 but has since roared back.

While both reports differ – RightScale focuses on the adoption and vendors, while Deeter looks almost exclusively at the financial angle –...

By James Bourne, 16 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, DevOps, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Kubernetes, M&A, Research.

The quarterly verdict: How do Google, IBM and Microsoft all stack up?

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It’s that time again; another quarter passes by and with it comes a variety of financial reports from the big hitters. Alphabet, the parent company of Google, IBM, and Microsoft have all filed within the past week – so what do the figures all mean?

Top line highlights:

  • IBM’s cloud revenue was at $13.7 billion for the full year of 2016, up 35%, while fourth quarter cloud revenues increased 33% to $4.2bn
  • Microsoft’s commercial cloud annualised revenue run rate hit $14 billion, with Azure revenue up 95% in constant currency...

By James Bourne, 27 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Infrastructure, M&A, Microsoft.

CA Technologies acquires Automic in €600m deal

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US tech giant CA Technologies has announced its intent to acquire business automation software provider Automic in a reported €600 million (£505m) deal.

The move is to enhance CA’s European reach, as well as adding automation and orchestration capabilities across its portfolio.

“With the acquisition of Automic, we will deliver automation, scale work flows and business processes while reducing costs and greatly improving accuracy,” said Ayman Sayed, CA...

By James Bourne, 05 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Software.