InterVision Expands Its DRaaS and IaaS Offerings with the Acquisition of Industry Leader Bluelock

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InterVision is pleased to announce the acquisition of Bluelock, a recognized leader in Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions.

"Bluelock is an accomplished provider and one of the most sought after brands in the fast-growing DRaaS space," said Aaron Stone, President and CEO of InterVision. "Bluelock has built a top notch organization with an industry leading DRaaS solution, a loyal client base, and exceptional customer satisfaction. This acquisition positions InterVision to better address the changing needs of our clients in today's high-uptime and compliance-driven IT Marketplace."

Google Announces Intent to Acquire Xively for $50 Million

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Google has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Xively, a division of LogMeIn, Inc. for $50 million.

To better set the stage for the growing market landscape, the company said by 2020, it's estimated that about 20 billion connected things will come online, and analytics and data storage in the cloud are now the cornerstone of any successful IoT solution. 

Google stated the deal will "complement" its Google Cloud efforts to provide a fully managed IoT service that easily and securely connects, manages, and ingests data from globally dispersed devices. Adding, "With the addition of Xively's robust, enterprise-ready IoT platform, we can accelerate our customers' timeline from IoT vision to product, as they look to build their connected business."

CloudJumper Acquires IndependenceIT to Create the Most Comprehensive Cloud Application and Workspace Platform

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CloudJumper announced it has acquired privately held IndependenceIT (IIT), a leading provider of WaaS enablement software for automating the deployment of applications, data, and complete workspaces in the cloud. With the addition of cloud and hypervisor agnostic Cloud Workspace Suite software, CloudJumper now delivers the most comprehensive and well-integrated WaaS portfolio available to IT service providers with features such as one-click WaaS deployment across private and public clouds (Azure, Google, and AWS). The combined synergy will drive increased margins, efficiency, and revenue opportunities for IT service providers globally.

By incorporating the strengths of the CWS platform, CloudJumper is uniquely positioned to expand what is possible in WaaS and cloud-based app enablement for SMBs and the enterprise. Now, IT service providers have complete implementation flexibility and control over how applications and workspaces are configured across a public, private, or hybrid cloud infrastructure to better control the costs of IT management. The expanded capabilities also allow organizations to automatically migrate from third-party VDI, DaaS, or WaaS platforms including Citrix, to the more seamless, easy to manage, and cost-effective CloudJumper solution suite.

Red Hat to Acquire CoreOS, Expanding its Kubernetes and Containers Leadership

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Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire CoreOS, Inc., an innovator and leader in Kubernetes and container-native solutions, for a purchase price of $250 million, subject to certain adjustments at closing that are not expected to be material. Red Hat's acquisition of CoreOS will further its vision of enabling customers to build any application and deploy them in any environment with the flexibility afforded by open source. By combining CoreOS's complementary capabilities with Red Hat's already broad Kubernetes and container-based portfolio, including Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat aims to further accelerate adoption and development of the industry's leading hybrid cloud platform for modern application workloads.

As applications move to hybrid and multicloud environments, a growing number of organizations are using containers to more easily build, deploy and move applications to, from, and across clouds. IDC noted, "Substantial advances in cloud adoption, simplification, and portability are underway. The demand for cloud continues to grow, and enterprises now anticipate that cloud architecture will dominate their spending for the next several years. With the growing sophistication of containers, customers are looking to their application platform providers to help them use containers to transition and extend existing production applications to be useful in public or private cloud."

Sumo Logic Acquires FactorChain to Pioneer New Security Analytics Essential for Cloud and Modern Application Delivery

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Sumo Logic, the leading cloud-native, machine data analytics platform that delivers continuous intelligence, today announced it has acquired FactorChain, an early stage security company with a Security Investigation Platform that makes transformational improvements in speed and depth of threat investigations, enabling resolution of complex threats spanning both IT and security in minutes instead of hours. Combined with Sumo Logic's machine data analytics strength across the cloud infrastructure, platform and application layers, this acquisition accelerates the development of a new class of converged IT ops and security solutions, which are essential for modern application delivery in the cloud.

"We are seeing more and more digital businesses struggling to adapt traditional security models to cloud and modern application delivery," said Ramin Sayar, CEO of Sumo Logic. "Resolving which threats to assess in the avalanche of alerts and how to quickly resolve them is a challenging enough problem in traditional IT environments. However, in the dynamic large-scale cloud environment, this problem can't possibly be answered without new thinking in security analytics and operations. The FactorChain acquisition accelerates our vision of a new model that converges operations and security in the cloud and provides innovative solutions to persistent challenges in investigation workflows at cloud scale. We're thrilled to welcome the team onboard to drive our shared vision and disrupt traditional legacy SIEM markets moving too slowly to keep pace with accelerating cloud transitions."

McAfee Completes Skyhigh Networks Acquisition, Establishing the Company as a Device-to-Cloud Cybersecurity Leader

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McAfee today announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition of Skyhigh Networks. With the close of this deal, Skyhigh Networks becomes part of the McAfee Cloud Security Business Unit.

Skyhigh is an ideal complement to McAfee's strategy - one focused on building and optimizing mission-critical cybersecurity environments for the future. Skyhigh Networks pioneered the cloud access security broker (CASB) market segment that analysts describe as one of the fastest growing areas of information security investments of the last five years. With this technology, McAfee can now offer a cloud portfolio that addresses the three primary challenges of managing multi-cloud environments-visibility into networks, workloads and data, advanced threat protection and pervasive data protection.

"Today's announcement marks a new milestone for the future of our company," said Chris Young, chief executive officer, McAfee. "With two industry leaders coming together under one company, we will make cybersecurity an enabler to the transformative power of our digital age. We are focused on securing customers from their devices to the cloud, giving customers access to market-leading capabilities in the architectural control points that matter most."

Trend Micro Acquires Immunio and Expands Hybrid Cloud Security for DevOps Lifecycle

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As companies build and deploy applications faster across everything from cloud to containers, any drag on the DevOps lifecycle can create drag on an entire business. In response to this, Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, today announced the expansion of its Hybrid Cloud Security solution scope. New capabilities, attained through a combination of acquiring Montréal, Canada-based Immunio and in-house development, increase the automated protection that Trend Micro can provide throughout the DevOps lifecycle. These capabilities will be demonstrated at AWS re:Invent 2017 in Las Vegas, Nov. 27 through Dec. 1 (booth#1812). 


Barracuda Acquires Cloud Archiving and Analytics Company Sonian

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Barracuda Networks, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-enabled security and data protection solutions, today announced it has acquired privately held Sonian Inc., a leading provider of public cloud archiving and business insights. This acquisition will deepen Barracuda's cloud archiving, and email security and management capabilities, as well as expand Barracuda's channel reach with the addition of key OEM partners.

Sonian's archiving and analytics capabilities enable customers to preserve, access and act on communications data, and apply these insights to their business to reduce risks and increase productivity. Using those insights, businesses can identify potential threats in communications data before they escalate into larger problems, which has become increasingly important in today's dynamic threat environment. Adding these capabilities to Barracuda's security platform deepens the security and data protection offering to customers in their Microsoft Office 365 and other cloud environments.

CenturyLink completes acquisition of Level 3

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CenturyLink, Inc. has completed its acquisition of Level 3 Communications, Inc. The combination of CenturyLink and Level 3 creates a leading global network services company capable of providing customers a wide range of high-quality technology solutions over a secure and reliable fiber-rich network.

The combined company, with estimated pro forma revenue of $24 billion for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2017 (excluding revenue related to CenturyLink's May 1, 2017, colocation business sale and including estimated intercompany eliminations and purchase accounting adjustments), anticipates that approximately 75 percent of its core revenue will come from business customers and nearly two-thirds of its core revenue will come from strategic services. CenturyLink's network now connects more than 350 metropolitan areas with more than 100,000 fiber-enabled, on-net buildings, including 10,000 buildings in EMEA and Latin America.

Cisco Announces Agreement to Acquire BroadSoft, a Leader in Cloud Calling and Contact Center Solutions

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Cisco and BroadSoft today announced a definitive agreement for Cisco to acquire publicly-held BroadSoft, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD. Pursuant to the agreement, Cisco will pay $55 per share, in cash, in exchange for each share of BroadSoft, or an aggregate purchase price of approximately $1.9 billion net of cash, assuming fully diluted shares including conversion of debt. The acquisition has been approved by the board of directors of each company.

"Together, Cisco and BroadSoft will deliver a robust suite of collaboration capabilities across every market segment," said Rowan Trollope, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Applications Business Group. "We believe that our combined offers, from Cisco's collaboration technology for enterprises to BroadSoft's suite for small and medium businesses delivered through Service Providers will give customers more choice and flexibility."