The $67 Billion Dell and EMC Deal Closed Today

Article Written by David Marshall

Nearly a year after it was first announced, Dell Inc. today closed its $67 billion deal to buy EMC Corporation; and with it, taking on a new name -- Dell Technologies.  With this transaction, Dell has closed the largest technology merger in history and has become the world's largest privately held technology company with $74 billion in revenues.

Dell Technologies will initially employ ~140,000 workers, making it the largest privately controlled technology company by the numbers according to Tom Sweet, Dell Technologies' CFO.

The new company also underscores a shift toward IT industry consolidation as leading players in servers like Dell and storage leaders like EMC search for synergies in order to meet enterprise demand for hybrid cloud and cloud-native offerings.

3 Problems Solved by Moving to the Cloud

Article Written by Autumn Salama, Senior Director of Cloud Services at Symmetry

SMBs tend to base cloud migration decisions on IT considerations - they move when it becomes too difficult, pricey or risky to continue hosting onsite. But the benefits of moving to the cloud go beyond the IT department. We looked at organizations from a variety of industries to learn what problems they've solved by moving to the cloud. 

1.     Moving to the cloud eases mergers and transitions. Mergers leave organizations with multiple technology stacks, hosted on separate hardware by different teams. This makes it very difficult to integrate the new company, and poses added security and compliance risks. Getting all the pieces to work together quickly is crucial to staying competitive and maintaining morale and investor confidence. Moving to the cloud with an experienced managed services partner is usually the most competitive way to do this.


Your Work in the Cloud Is Actually Pretty Secure

Grazed from Author: Kayla Matthews

Cloud computing is everywhere. Even industry leaders like Google and Apple store content in the cloud. One common misconception is that cloud computing - or the act of storing your data on remote servers - is not very secure. Many IT professionals adhere to the sentiment that cloud computing poses a significant security risk.

Strangely enough, with all the concern about security being lax, the IT industry has bulked up security for cloud computing. Let's take a closer look at why the public cloud is much more secure than a local data center.

Public Cloud Services Are Up-to-Date on Security

Due to the nature of computing, security is always shifting and evolving. When it boils down, most enterprises don't have the budget to stay on the frontline. They don't have the money to continuously deploy new and more advanced security measures or update their systems.

Google's Preemptible Cloud VMs Just Got Cheaper

Article Written by David Marshall

This week, Google announced that it is lowering prices on its preemptible virtual machines (VMs) to help businesses gain even more affordable options within the Google Compute Engine.  Although the market rate for using Google Compute Engine is by many measures already a fair price, it still may not be practical for some smaller organizations. 

Companies looking to gain entry into the Google Compute Engine but who don't have the budget or don't need the full power of Google’s cloud infrastructure now have a better choice.  They can go with Google's preemptible VMs, a much cheaper alternative to Google's typical cloud platform.  And now, they can do so even cheaper.  Thirty-three percent cheaper to be exact!

Preemptible VMs are like any other Google Compute Engine VM, with two big caveats: They cannot run for more than 24 hours and Google can preemptively shut down the VMs if they need the capacity for other purposes. 

LogMeIn Merging with Citrix's GoTo Business - A Deal Valued at $1.8 Billion

Article Written by David Marshall

LogMeIn and Citrix Systems announced that the companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement for LogMeIn to combine with Citrix's GoTo business in a deal valued at approximately $1.8 billion.  The deal will enable Citrix to focus on its other products, including XenDesktop and XenApps.

Back in November, Citrix announced that it would spin off its GoTo family of products as a separate company.  By combining the spinoff with a merger, the transfer will be tax free for Citrix in a move known as a "Reverse Morris Trust."

The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.  According to officials with both companies, the deal, expected to close in the first quarter of 2017, will create a software-as-a-service (SaaS) business with a diverse product portfolio and greater resources to drive innovation. 

HOSTING Beefs Up its DRaaS Solution with Zerto

Article Written by David Marshall

Managed cloud services provider HOSTING has reinforced the HIPAA and PCI capabilities of its DRaaS solution with business continuity and disaster recovery software from Zerto. The Zerto Virtual Replication software is expected to help protect HOSTING’s mission critical workloads and applications with multi-cloud, single-team support on VMWare, Microsoft Hyper-V and Amazon Web Services (AWS). 

HOSTING CTO Darrell Hyde said the Zerto software will help HOSTING build, migrate, and manage compliance-mandated environments for their managed services customers.

“The new HOSTING DRaaS solution offers customers the flexibility, control and support they need to protect their important applications and data from the ordinary such as human error, to the catastrophic such as natural disasters and even ransomware attacks,” he said “Recognized as one of the largest VMware partners in North America, we replaced Site Recovery Manager with Zerto to increase our customers’ confidence knowing their workloads – no matter the type, size or scope – will be protected and quickly recovered with minimal impact on operations.” 

The HOSTING DRaaS solution provides replication between multiple hypervisor types, self-service capabilities through a secure portal, detailed reporting, non-disruptive testing and point-in-time recovery. The DRaaS solution is powered by Zerto to support migration integration between HOSTING’s own cloud service and third-party cloud providers such as Amazon and Azure, to reduce engineering development cycles. 

HOSTING hopes the improved compliance and service level agreement capabilities will help differentiate it from large telecommunications providers that do not provide high-end support service.


About the Author

David Marshall is an industry recognized virtualization and cloud computing expert, a seven time recipient of the VMware vExpert distinction, and has been heavily involved in the industry for the past 16 years.  To help solve industry challenges, he co-founded and helped start several successful virtualization software companies such as ProTier, Surgient and Hyper9 and also spent a few years transforming desktop virtualization while at Virtual Bridges.

David is also a co-author of two very popular server virtualization books: "Advanced Server Virtualization: VMware and Microsoft Platforms in the Virtual Data Center" and "VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center."  He was also the Technical Editor on Wiley's "Virtualization for Dummies" and "VMware VI3 for Dummies" books.  David also authored countless articles for a number of well known technical magazines, including: InfoWorld, Virtual-Strategy and TechTarget.  And in 2004, he founded the oldest independent virtualization and cloud computing news site,, which he still operates today.

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Why Online Gambling is a Private Cloud Early Adopter

Article Written by Mario Blandini, VP Product Marketing, SwiftStack

As the global online gambling market is expected to see a compound annual growth rate of nearly 11 percent between now and 2020 (Technavio), the amount of data associated with online gambling is also rapidly rising, entering the world of mind-boggling numbers.

This is an immediate problem for data-intensive companies like bet365 and others in the media and entertainment, life sciences and financial services industries. As data continues to grow worldwide in all facets of life and industry, organization as a whole are looking to these fast-moving companies as examples of how to solve their own data growth challenges.

Who's Leading the Storage Startup Landscape?

Article Written by David Marshall

Tape Storage

Just last week, Red Herring announced the winners of its 2016 Top 100 North America award, which recognizes the leading private companies in the region, celebrating startups' innovations and technologies across their respective industries.

It's interesting to see that many of the winners fall in the IT space, and three in particular fall specifically in the storage category: SwiftStackZadara and Igneous. Virtualization, public cloud and other relatively recent changes in the datacenter have turned the storage world upside down, creating a market for fresh, new, innovative solutions that save time, money and resources. Many new companies have formed over the past several years, jumping on the opportunity presented by the need for better, more modern storage. But what is it about certain solutions and vendors that make them stand out amongst the others?

VMware Acquires Arkin to Help Accelerate Adoption of VMware NSX and Software-Defined Data Centers

Article Written by David Marshall

VMware announced a new acquisition of a relatively unknown company, Arkin Net, a provider of software-defined data center security and operations.  Although financial details of the transaction were not disclosed, VMware did say that they expect the transaction to close by the end of June 2016. The deal is expected to help enhance VMware's ability to build and manage virtual networks tied to hundreds or even thousands of virtual machines.

Arkin is an established business partner of VMware, and it was founded in 2013 to bring management enhancements to virtual networks.  This year, Arkin was named by Gartner as one of its "Cool Vendors in Enterprise Networking."

How Can Cloud Computing Make A Business More Efficient

Grazed from Esker.  Author: Steve Smith.

Upward Efficiency — Key Benefits Of Cloud Computing

Increasing cloud maturity has diversified the market and spurred significant investment; as noted by ZDNet, cloud computing is now a $29 billion industry and shows no signs of slowing. For many companies, however, the knowledge that "everyone else is doing it" isn't enough to throw their hat in the cloud ring and outsource some or all of their compute needs.

Both IT professionals and C-suite executives need a better sales pitch - one based on improved productivity and efficiency - to support cloud spending. Here's a rundown of six key benefits offered by the cloud...