The 2019 Forbes Cloud 100 analysed: Stripe top again amid big data boom and strong exits

Forbes has put out its latest Cloud 100, and while payments provider Stripe remains top of the shop the big five has a refreshing feel to it.

Stripe remains at #1 for the third successive year in the media firm’s list of private cloud companies – as in cloud companies which are privately held – while behind it the top five consists of data warehouse Snowflake, robotic process automation (RPA) provider UiPath, infrastructure...

By James Bourne, 13 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Infrastructure, M&A, Private, SaaS , Software, Vendors.

Microsoft to acquire cloud migration tool provider Movere

Microsoft is to acquire Movere, a SaaS platform which increases visibility on IT environments, the companies have announced.

Movere – whom industry watchers may remember until last year as Unified Logic – aims to ‘capture, integrate and analyse the data [companies] need to make smart decisions about their IT environment’, as the company puts it.

The...

By James Bourne, 05 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Microsoft, Migration, SaaS , Software.

VMware stokes VMworld fires with Pivotal and Carbon Black acquisitions

Next week is going to be a busy one for VMware as the company’s VMworld event kicks off in San Francisco. There will be plenty of talking points – and the virtualisation and end user computing provider has opted to add two more with the acquisitions of Pivotal Software and Carbon Black for a combined $4.8 billion (£3.93bn).

Pivotal, at $2.7bn, edged out endpoint security provider Carbon Black ($2.1bn) in...

By James Bourne, 23 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Security, Software, Virtualisation, VMware.

Google Cloud to acquire storage provider Elastifile, further reinforces enterprise ambitions

Google Cloud’s focus on the enterprise continues apace, with the company announcing its intent to acquire Santa Clara-based cloud storage provider Elastifile.

Elastifile offers cloud-native file storage which promises an enterprise-grade distributed file system, as well as ‘intelligent’ object tiering. While the company had been somewhat under the radar – its most recent funding round of $16 million in...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Google, M&A, Software, Storage.

VMware acquires Bitnami to accelerate multi-cloud and enterprise deployments

VMware has announced its intent to acquire Bitnami, a provider of application packaging and delivery, to help accelerate app delivery for multi-cloud use cases.

Bitnami, based out of San Francisco, offers organisations the capability to deploy a multitude of applications through its libraries either natively or across a plethora of cloud providers. The company was a graduate of Y Combinator and was noted for a reticence on funding, only accepting a seed round in May 2013.

This need for greater enterprise...

By James Bourne, 16 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Kubernetes, M&A, VMware.

CloudBees acquires Electric Cloud to further CI/CD mission

CloudBees has announced the acquisition of San Jose-based software veteran Electric Cloud, with the aim to become the ‘first provider of end-to-end continuous integration, continuous delivery, continuous deployment and ARA (application-release automation).

The acquisition will marry two leaders in their respective fields. Electric Cloud was named as a leader in reports from both Gartner and Forrester around application release...

By James Bourne, 18 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, DevOps, Infrastructure, M&A, OpenSource, Platform.

Google Cloud acquires Alooma to bolster enterprise data migration capabilities

Google Cloud chief executive Thomas Kurian promised an aggressive approach to enterprise cloud strategy going forward – and the company has immediately put its money where its mouth is with the acquisition of California and Tel Aviv-based startup Alooma.

Alooma aims to solve a key problem for enterprise organisations in their move to the cloud by offering a single data pipeline which is able to crunch data from various...

By James Bourne, 20 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Google, Infrastructure, M&A.

CloudEndure confirms acquisition by Amazon Web Services

It’s official: Amazon Web Services (AWS) has acquired Israeli cloud disaster recovery and backup specialists CloudEndure.

The news had been rumoured over the past few days, yet a short announcement from CloudEndure this morning confirmed the news. The company said no more other than that the acquisition “expands [its] ability to deliver innovative and flexible migration, disaster recovery, and backup...

By James Bourne, 10 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Disaster Recovery, M&A.

Google Cloud acquires DORA to bolster DevOps expertise

Google has added a little app expertise to its skillset with the acquisition of DORA (DevOps Research and Assessment). The move will aim for the research firm to help ‘continue to create delightful experiences for developers and operators’, in the company’s own words.

DORA said the company’s positioning was a ‘natural fit’ for Google Cloud with both organisations “known for mutual commitment...

By James Bourne, 07 January 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Google, M&A, Platform.

Farewell 2018, hello 2019: The last 12 months in cloud – and what’s on the horizon

2018 was yet another fascinating year when it came to cloud computing, along with the emerging technologies which complement and rely on the cloud.

As the ecosystem has matured and organisations’ confidence has increased, conversations have shifted gear accordingly. RightScale’s

By James Bourne, 02 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Best Practice, Containers, Infrastructure, M&A, Security, Software.

SAP acquires Qualtrics in $8bn deal to deliver stronger brand and customer experiences

SAP has announced the acquisition of research management software provider Qualtrics for $8 billion (£6.2bn) with the aim to ‘deliver the transformative potential of experience and operational data.’

Qualtrics, based in Utah and Washington, offers a platform which enables organisations to conduct internal and external surveys, gauging customer experience, employee expectations and brand advocacy. With SAP...

By James Bourne, 12 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, M&A, SaaS , SAP, Software.

IBM and Red Hat appears a match made in container heaven – but is there more than meets the eye?

Analysis What about Big Blue Hat? Or how about Big Purple? Any offers for ‘in the pink?’ The proposed coming together of IBM and Red Hat, costing the former $34 billion in total enterprise value, is the stuff of dreams for caption writers. But what does it mean for the cloud industry and the two companies involved?

From IBM’s perspective, this is a continuation of a long-standing message. Those who have followed the...

By James Bourne, 30 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Infrastructure, Kubernetes, M&A, Platform.

NetApp acquires StackPointCloud for multi-cloud Kubernetes service offering

Another piece of cloud M&A but this time with a Kubernetes feel; hybrid cloud provider NetApp has announced the acquisition of StackPointCloud with the claim of providing the industry's first complete Kubernetes platform for multi-cloud deployments.

As the company's hosting page put it, the proposed hook up is 'the simplest way to deploy a Kubernetes cluster to the clouds'. The NetApp Kubernetes Service is compatible with Amazon Web Services...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, M&A.

Forbes Cloud 100 2018: Stripe holds off Slack to retain top private cloud title

Payments provider Stripe remains the number one privately owned cloud company ahead of social messaging firm Slack, according to the latest rankings from Forbes.

The media firm’s latest Cloud 100 list, celebrating the best private cloud firms – as in, cloud companies who are private – saw Stripe retain top spot with what Forbes calls ‘the online tool kit for digital payments, helping billions in transactions flow back into...

By James Bourne, 14 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, M&A, Private, Research, SaaS , Software.

Cisco to acquire Duo Security to beef up multi-cloud efforts

Here’s a good example of how security underlines – or should underline – pretty much everything in the cloud: Cisco has announced it is to acquire Michigan-based Duo Security for upwards of $2.3 billion (£1.8bn).

The deal, which expects to close during the first quarter of Cisco’s fiscal year 2019, aims to help give the networking giant’s customers straightforward and secure access to any application on any networked device through Duo’s platform.

Duo Security offers...

By James Bourne, 06 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Platform, Security.