Microsoft Partner Bolsters Cloud With Acquisition

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Microsoft has been on a quest to bolster its enterprise solutions, with CEO Satya Nadella declaring the dawn of SaaS – a sign that Microsoft is now turning to the cloud to provide companies with the technology they need to better manage money and operations. The technology giant’s partners appear to be responding to Nadella’s declaration.

Reports published late last week said Microsoft cloud computing partner Champion Solutions, which works closely with Microsoft for small business cloud services, is looking to strengthen its SaaS offerings through a strategic acquisition. Reports said Champion Solutions will acquire cloud and mobile technology service provider allAware, a deal that will boost Champion Solutions’ existing Microsoft Business Unit, MessageOps...

Search Giant Google Acquired Mobile Cloud Computing Company Agawi Last Year

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 In a move that took place in the latter part of 2014 and has not been highly publicized (it is only just being reported in fact), search giant Google acquired mobile cloud computing company Agawi. Led by founders Rajat Gupta, Rohan Relan, and Peter Relan, Agawi has headquarters in Campbell, California, USA. The company bills itself as a technology platform company which specializes in low-latency cloud-to-mobile device app streaming. Alongside mobile it is involved in cloud data services and cloud gaming.
Google's purchase of Agawi could significantly strengthen its mobile capability. The company, formerly known as iSwifter, was originally solely a cloud gaming company and transitioned to focusing on in-app advertising...

Why it makes sense for Microsoft to buy hot cloud startup Docker

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Barb Darrow.

If Microsoft is not weighing a bid to buy hotshot container startup Docker, perhaps it should be. The idea, talk of which cropped up late last week, is intriguing and a purchase would be a bold move by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who is trying to position the company’s Azure cloud as the cloud-of-choice for businesses, but as part of that effort also a first-class home for containers and for open-source software.

Docker is an open-source container technology that lets companies package up applications in a lightweight way so that they can run on different sets of infrastructure with minimal tweaking. To confuse matters, Docker is also a venture-capital-backed startup, once known as DotCloud, that is commercializing this technology and is reportedly valued at over $1 billion...

IBM and Cisco acquire OpenStack providers

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OpenStack distribution options continue to shrink as two more small vendors have been gobbled up by bigger players looking to stake their claims in cloud.  Market consolidation around the open source cloud technology has been a familiar theme over the past year, and that continued this week as IBM and Cisco each said they plan to acquire OpenStack providers.

The former plans to buy hosted private cloud provider Blue Box and the latter is set to buy private cloud platform and support services provider Piston Cloud Computing, Inc., though terms of the two separate deals were not disclosed...

As part of its Intercloud plan, Cisco to acquire Piston Cloud Computing

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To help customers maintain control and compliance in this hyper-connected, hyper-distributed IT environment, Cisco and its partners are building the Intercloud—a globally connected network of clouds. In a step towards realizing that vision, Cisco has announced their intent to acquire Piston Cloud Computing, which will help accelerate the product, delivery, and operational capabilities of Cisco Intercloud Services.

Paired with their recent acquisition of Metacloud, Piston’s distributed systems engineering and OpenStack talent will further enhance their capabilities around cloud automation, availability, and scale. The acquisition of Piston will complement the Intercloud strategy by bringing additional operational experience on the underlying infrastructure that powers Cisco OpenStack Private Cloud...

Cloud Computing: Intel to buy Altera for $16.7B as chipmakers consolidate

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Intel has agreed to buy fellow chipmaker Altera for about $16.7 billion -- Intel's largest acquisition ever -- a move that could provide a boost in its data-server and Internet of Things businesses. Intel said Monday that it will pay $54 in cash per Altera share and that it expects to close the deal in six to nine months.

Altera's stock has surged more than 40 percent since late March, when news of the companies' negotiations first surfaced. Reports that talks fell apart came out about a month ago, though the New York Post on Thursday said a revived deal would be announced as soon as this week. Altera shares were up an additional 6 percent Monday, while Intel's share fell 1.3 percent...

Which cloud company is next on the auction block?

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Would-be cloud buyers and sellers play a high-stakes game of musical chairs. Buyers need technology, developer cred, and customers. Sellers need to be part of a big offering. Not everyone is going to win. With Tuesday’s news that EMC is buying Virtustream for $1.2 billion, there is one less independent cloud infrastructure provider out there. And those numbers are dwindling by the month.

In the past two years, legacy technology giants IBM IBM -1.21% , Cisco CSCO -1.06% , Hewlett-Packard HPQ -3.97% , EMC EMC -2.05% and Datapipe gobbled up SoftLayer, Metacloud, Eucalyptus, Cloudscaling, and GoGrid respectively to build their cloud stature. Now, you have to wonder what company’s next to go...

EMC expands cloud push with $1.2 billion buy of Virtustream

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Joe Tucci is at it again. The longtime EMC chief executive and chairman has made another purchase, buying Virtustream, an enterprise-oriented cloud computing company, for $1.2 billion in cash. This move follows EMC’s EMC -2.09% late 2014 acquisition of Cloudscaling and its OpenStack-based private cloud expertise.

Virtustream is focused on big corporate customers—SAP is among its investors—and fields data centers in the U.S., the U.K. and the Netherlands. It particularly suits financial customers and others who require payment card industry (PCI) compliance, as well as federal government customers, according to Gartner’s IT latest cloud computing report. Domino Sugar, Coca-Cola, Heinz, and Lexmark are some of Virtustream’s corporate customers...

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Cloud Computing: Microsoft Drops Bid For Salesforce Following $70 Billion Request

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Microsoft officials have dropped their bid for ownership over global cloud computing company Salesforce following Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff's price tag request of $70 billion.

Salesforce officials were offered a $55 billion package by their counterparts, but declined the offer. The San Francisco-based company is still under negotiations for a future buyout...

Exclusive: Microsoft has no plans to pursue Salesforce - sources

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Microsoft Corp currently is not weighing an offer for Inc (CRM.N), two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday, dampening speculation that Microsoft could be drawn into bidding for the cloud software company. Bloomberg News, citing people with knowledge of the matter, reported earlier this week that Microsoft was evaluating a bid for Salesforce after the latter was approached by another unnamed would-be buyer.

Microsoft considers Salesforce's current market valuation expensive, one of the people said. It is possible that Microsoft could review a bid for Salesforce in the long term, the other person said. The sources asked not to be identified because the deliberations are confidential. Microsoft and Salesforce both declined to comment...