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.

The CRM lottery - will you get the outcome you expect?

Let’s discuss a couple of the heavyweight C words in the IT Sector: cloud and customer relationship management (CRM).

What do they have in common?

Well they have both certainly provoked a lot of press coverage and airtime; both have driven large brand name vendors to jump in with big investment, acquisitions and marketing hype; both have helped drive each other’s growth and both certainly have had customers debating what and when they should elect to use such a solution.

CRM has been a hyped...

By Ian Moyse, 15 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, M&A, Vendors.

Iomart eyes big data as their stock goes up and up

UK cloud service provider Iomart is centring primarily on big data having posted “strong and solid” figures for the last financial year.

Iomart this week announced a two-thirds increase in pre-tax profits, up to £6.9 million, and a one-third increase in revenue, up to £33.5 million, and according to marketing director Phil Worms the figures were in line with company expectations.

Worms used a football analogy to describe the results, telling...

By James Bourne, 30 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Forecasts, M&A.

Dell continues cloud alignment with Wyse acquisition

Dell has finalised a deal to acquire a leader in thin client cloud solutions Wyse Technology, in a move that is being seen as a clear development of the computing giant’s strategic shift to end-to-end enterprise solutions provider.

The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, is one of a number of acquisitions Dell has made in recent weeks, and benefits both firms, opening Wyse up to Dell’s vast customer base, and enabling Dell to expand its enterprise desktop virtualisation functionality.

With...

By Matt Henkes, 04 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware, Industry, M&A, Virtualisation.

Where now for HP's Cloud strategy?

Computing giant Hewlett Packard (HP) has reported a staggering dive in Q4 profits of 91% following a tough year that saw the manufacturer sack its CEO, then ditch its WebOS business in favour of a focus on software and cloud computing infrastructure.

But with a number of key decisions reversed, dropped and discontinued, one could be forgiven for doubting the firm’s stated direction. So where does the world’s largest technology company see itself heading now after a most confusing twelve months?

In what was a...

By Matt Henkes, 22 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, Hardware, Industry, M&A.

The Wrong Tool: Test before you buy

Did you ever buy something, only to find out that it just wasn’t quite right for you? I don’t mean the usual buyer’s remorse over a large purchase, like a new car. I mean you bought a sports car, and somehow missed the fact that you like to haul your motorcycle to the desert on weekends. Oops!

Not surprisingly, you’ll find people do this frequently with small purchase, for example apps for your phone. You’re hoping for a specific utility, you read a description, it sounds right...

By Arthur Hicken, 21 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Consumer, Developers, Enterprise, Hardware, M&A.

Microsoft’s Big Easy: An Easy Way to Earn Some Extra Money

Just as apple picking, raking leaves, and football are reminders of fall, Microsoft’s end-of-year Big Easy Promotion is a reminder about how to obtain some extra subsidy dollars to put aside for future purchases.   Yes that’s correct, the Big Easy is back for another go round, and I know you’re excited.  

You may be asking, what are you talking about?  Did you say Microsoft and promotion?  That’s like saying oil and vinegar, Athens and Sparta, Sox and...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 21 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Infrastructure, M&A, Vendors.

Dell jumps onto the cloud bandwagon with VMware

Dell is the latest organisation to take the plunge into the cloud after announcing its new data-storage rental service, due to be rolled out later this year.

After months of rumours circulating about when Dell would be cloud-bound, the announcement came during the VMworld virtualization and cloud conference in Las Vegas this week where Dell said that it was finally taking the plunge.

The new product, unsurprisingly named, Dell Cloud, will be available outside of the US next year and uses VMware's...

By Verity Gough, 30 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Consumer, Enterprise, Industry, M&A, Trends.

Verizon boosts Hybrid Clouds with CloudSwitch acquisition

Verizon Communications has increased its ever-growing portfolio of cloud services with its latest addition: CloudSwitch.

The new company, whose user-friendly software enables enterprises to quickly build hybrid clouds where virtual machines can move between data centres and cloud platforms, is going to be combined with Terremark, another recent Verizon purchase.

Verizon hopes that the addition of CloudSwitch technology will further enhance its already impressive hybrid cloud and cloud-to-cloud...

By Verity Gough, 29 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, M&A.

HP plumps for Cloud in £7bn deal

Hewlett Packard has shunned hardware in favour of the cloud after it acquired UK-based software company, Autonomy, in a deal that sees HP acquire all outstanding shares for £25.50 each, cash.The Cambridge-based company, which launched in 1996, has become a global leader in infrastructure software with a customer base of more than 25,000 global companies, law firms and public sector agencies. And while some commentators have suggested that HP have overpaid, Hewlett-Packard’s Chief Executive Officer, Leo...

By Verity Gough, 21 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, M&A, Trends.

Google acquires Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion

In its largest ever acquisition, Google has announced that it will buy Motarola Mobility, the tech giant’s phone division, for a massive $12.5bn, launching the global search leader into the mobile handset market at mach 5 and surely shaking up the Android ecosystem almost beyond belief.

The deal is yet to win competition approval, which may not be entirely plain sailing, and brings Google into direct competition with the raft of handset manufacturers that licence the Android OS, providing ...

By Verity Gough, 16 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Private.

Acer reveals cloud intentions with $320m acquisition

The Taiwanese electronics manufacturing giant Acer looks about to embark on cloud odyssey of its own as after paying out around $320m for the little-known Silicone Valley-based firm iGware.

The company has had a difficult year so far, suffering a share-price fall of almost 50%, declining retail revenues and the loss its CEO Gianfranco Lanci following a series of disagreements over business strategy.

Earlier this month, until recently the world’s number two PC producer, was shunted to fourth by analyst...

By Matt Henkes, 25 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Industry, M&A.