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HPE buys supercomputing giant Cray for $1.3 billion

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is acquiring the supercomputer leader Cray in a deal worth $1.3 billion. The company aims to address the challenges driven by the explosion of data.

Cray holds its position among the top 100 supercomputer installations globally. Founded in 1972, Cray provides high-end supercomputing solutions for challenging and data-intensive workloads. The company delivers its supercomputing systems through the current generation XC and CS platforms, as well as the Shasta series platform.

The supercomputing leader recently announced an Exascale supercomputer contract with the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The contract was valued at over $600 million, enabling innovative research and AI at scale.

HPE will combine the deep supercomputing capabilities of Cray with its cutting-edge technologies, stepping ahead on the strategy to tackle the most data-intensive challenges of customers.

Modern technologies like AI, machine learning, big data and analytics, and the changing demands of customers for data-intensive workloads are exploding the amount of data generation. This is driving the expansion of high-performance computing (HPC).

With Cray acquisition, HPE will establish a broad portfolio of computing, storage, interconnect, software and services in the HPC and AI segments.

HPE already sees HPC as a key element of its vision and growth strategy. It provides a number of HPC solutions, which include HPE Apollo and SGI. The company will now be well positioned to strengthen its existing portfolio with the foundational technologies of Cray.

“Answers to some of society’s most pressing challenges are buried in massive amounts of data,” said Antonio Neri, President and CEO, HPE.

“Only by processing and analyzing this data will we be able to unlock the answers to critical challenges across medicine, climate change, space and more. Cray is a global technology leader in supercomputing and shares our deep commitment to innovation. By combining our world-class teams and technology, we will have the opportunity to drive the next generation of high performance computing and play an important part in advancing the way people live and work.”

Further, the companies together will be able to reach more segments of the market, to provide a wide range of solutions to enterprise, academic, and government customers.

Also read: HPE expands its storage networking portfolio to meet demands of next-gen technologies

“This is an amazing opportunity to bring together Cray’s leading-edge technology and HPE’s wide reach and deep product portfolio, providing customers of all sizes with integrated solutions and unique supercomputing technology to address the full spectrum of their data-intensive needs,” said Peter Ungaro, President and CEO of Cray.

“HPE and Cray share a commitment to customer-centric innovation and a vision to create the global leader for the future of high performance computing and AI. On behalf of the Cray Board of Directors, we are pleased to have reached an agreement that we believe maximizes value and are excited for the opportunities that this unique combination will create for both our employees and our customers.”

The transaction will close by the first quarter of HPE’s fiscal year 2020, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

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VMware acquires Bitnami to augment multi-cloud efforts

VMware is acquiring the leading application packaging solutions provider Bitnami to expand its multi-cloud strategy.

Bitnami provides a large catalogue of click-to-deploy apps and development stack for cloud and Kubernetes environments. The company offers validated and highly secure application packages to allow developers to build new apps and services on the cloud. This helps them to deploy the apps more easily and quickly.

With its solutions, Bitnami simplifies the delivery of applications in multi-cloud. This will complement the multi-cloud strategy of VMware.

VMware allows customers to rapidly extend, migrate and protect their VMware environment to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) using VMware Cloud on AWS. The recently extended partnership with Microsoft brings VMware experience on Azure as well.

With the acquisition of Bitnami, VMware will be able to take further steps and play a major role in the application environments of customers.

“Our goal is to accelerate the application “builder’s journey” by delivering simplified ways to leverage open source software applications and frameworks; and free the “builders” to focus on building differentiated capabilities versus worrying about deployment and infrastructure,” wrote VMware in a blog post.

“We plan to do this across all clouds and formats—VMs, containers and SaaS offerings. Our goal will be to provide equivalency not abstraction across the different cloud platforms.”vmware acquires bitnami

Following the closure of the acquisition, VMware will continue to invest in the products and projects of Bitnami. On the other hand, Bitnami will allow the VMware customers to easily deploy the applications on any cloud, and in an optimal format like VMs, containers, and Kubernetes.

Also read: VMware launches Carbon Avoidance Meter to reduce environmental impact of datacenters

“Joining forces with VMware means that we will be able to both double-down on the breadth and depth of our current offering and bring Bitnami to even more clouds as well as accelerating our push into the enterprise,” wrote Bitnami in a separate blog post.

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Switch Datacenter Group sells its Amsterdam AMS1 Data Center to Equinix

Switch Datacenter Group today announced the transfer of its AMS1 data center and operations to Equinix, Inc. – in an all-cash transaction for €30 million ($34 million).

Switch Datacenter Group sees it as a logical next step on its path to strengthening their focus on the colocation wholesale market and customer-specific site development for enterprises and hyperscale customers.

Over the last couple of years, Switch Datacenter Group has evolved from a high-end classical retail colocation provider into a professional designer, developer and operator of high-end (wholesale) data centers. Switch Datacenters has made significant investments in R&D and the development of state-of-the-art data center infrastructure technologies including patented indirect adiabatic cooling technology and OCP-ready (Open Compute Project) data center infrastructures.

‘’As the Amsterdam data center market is booming and many new companies are entering the local playing field, we see there is a strong need for a flexible, experienced data center development & operations company in this Amsterdam market to assist customers in finding the right location, assuring connectivity and power, while also offering a full data center services portfolio around a proven concept of long term SLA based DCaaS sites,” said Gregor Snip, CEO and founder of Switch Datacenter Group.

“Over the years, Switch has created the right skillset and references in this market. At first as a hosting company and later on as a renowned retail colocation provider, while we are now for years already highly experienced in building, designing and improving data center sites. Now it is the right time to bring this unique knowledge forward and focus even more on becoming a data center technology development leader.”

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“The transfer of the AMS1 data center to Equinix shows that Switch is respected and trusted by leading global players,” said Edgar van Essen, Managing Director of the Switch Datacenter Group.

‘’This message is in line with the trust received from many other market leading names in the industry who trust us their ICT infrastructures and business. It is also another proof that the world starts to know Switch as a highly capable, innovative, state of the art data center development company.”

Suggested reading: Top 10 best data center service providers in India 2019

Switch Datacenter Group runs two more high-end data centers in the Amsterdam metropolitan region and is actively involved in the planning of more wholesale data centers to come.

The transaction was guided and completed by AC Niellsen Data Centers, represented by Frank de Fremery, as exclusive broker for the project on behalf of the shareholders Plain Vanilla Investments (represented by Coen Binnerts) and SDC Holding (represented by Gregor Snip).

Image source: Equinix

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RP tech India enters into cloud business with acquisition of ZNet Technologies

The partnership enables RP tech India to provide ZNet’s cutting edge Cloud Computing solutions to Enterprise and SMB customers.

RP tech India (a division of Rashi Peripherals Pvt Ltd) today announced the acquisition of Cloud Services Provider ZNet Technologies. With this partnership, RP tech India will now offer ZNet’s cutting edge Cloud services and solutions to potential SMB and Enterprise customers in India.

According to the terms of the acquisition, RP tech India will take a majority stake in ZNet and will invest in enhancing R&D capabilities and upskilling technical manpower to support latest technologies like Cloud, IoT, AI etc. ZNet will continue to operate as an independent legal entity and various existing brands of ZNet will continue to operate as normal.

Founded in 2009, ZNet Technologies is the leading provider of IT and Cloud solutions. The company offers a wide range of services from domains to high-end Cloud infrastructure managed services under the ZNetLive brand. It offers infrastructure services from leading cloud vendors like Microsoft, AWS, Alibaba, Google and its own Data Centre based offering to its customer base. ZNetLive powers well over 90K+ websites and applications globally and is one of the very first Microsoft CSP in India.

On boarding ZNet Technologies, Mr. Kapal Pansari, Director at RP tech India said, “This partnership is a win-win for both RP tech India and ZNet. RP tech India’s vast IT distribution network and financial backing, supplemented with ZNet’s Technical expertise at the back-end will help propel this partnership to become the leading distributor of end-to-end IT infrastructure including new age cloud services in the next 24 to 36 months.”

Also read: ZNet becomes authorized Plesk distributor in India

Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Munesh Jadoun, Director of ZNet Technologies said, “With the commoditization of cloud, we want to be able to use RP tech India’s distribution channels to take cloud services to the masses. ZNet is well equipped to deliver multi-cloud services efficiently, with highly-skilled Certified Cloud Professionals and by using our own Cloud Services Automation and Billing Platform (RackNap). We will work closely with major cloud providers, ISVs to drive cloud consumption. With Digital Transformation gradually becoming the norm for businesses, we can accelerate this transformation for our customers with our capabilities.”

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Microsoft furthers its commitment to open source with Citus Data acquisition

In an effort to provide the best PostgreSQL experience to customers, Microsoft has acquired Citus Data.

Citus Data is a leader in PostgreSQL community that provides an open source enterprise software that can run anywhere as a fully-managed database-as-a-service. It works as an extension to PostgreSQL to provide businesses the performance advantages of a scalable database.

“I am incredibly excited to welcome the high-caliber Citus Data team to Microsoft! Working together, we will accelerate the delivery of key, enterprise-ready features from Azure to PostgreSQL and enable critical PostgreSQL workloads to run on Azure with confidence,” wrote Rohan Kumar, Corporate Vice President, Azure Data, in a blog post.

“We continue to be energized by building on our promise around Azure as the most comprehensive cloud to run open source and proprietary workloads at any scale and look forward to working with the PostgreSQL community to accelerate innovation to customers.”

Microsoft has been working on developing an open platform for years now that can offer flexibility to customers in choosing technology for meeting business needs. The tech giant has significantly invested in open source relational database services, like MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MariaDB. Further, Microsoft had acquired GitHub last year to encourage developers in achieving more throughout the entire lifecycle of development.

Acquisition of Citus Data will further Microsoft’s commitment to open source and enable the company to deliver improved performance and scalability to customers as their workloads increase.

Also read: Users of GitHub Free can now access unlimited private repos

“We are thrilled to join a team who deeply understands databases and is keenly focused on meeting customers where they are. Both Citus and Microsoft share a mission of openness, empowering developers, and choice. And we both love PostgreSQL,” wrote Umur Cubukcu, CEO and Co-Founder, Citus Data, in a separate blog post.

“We are excited about joining forces, and the value that doing so will create: Delivering to our community and our customers the world’s best PostgreSQL experience.”

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Cinven acquires European web host One.com for undisclosed amount

Leading web hosting services provider, One.com, which has more than one million customers globally, is getting acquired by the private equity firm Cinven.

Founded in 2002, One.com is based in Europe and serves domain names and web hosting services to small and medium businesses to customers all around the world, with a focus on Northern Europe.

With an increasing number of small and medium enterprises establishing their presence on the web and using web applications, the web hosting market is growing at a vast pace. One.com is a renowned company in this industry with a huge customer base globally. This opens a door of opportunity for Cinven in the hosting industry.

Another reason for Cinven’s investment is the attractive business model of One.com that generates high recurring revenues, and strong cash flow. The private equity firm can accelerate the growth of One.com with acquisition.

“We have more than 15 years’ experience in web hosting services and are today one of the leading companies in Europe in the sector. The pride we have in our achievements to date is matched by our growth ambitions for the future and, in Cinven, we have a partner whose expertise in the sector and financial resources can support our compelling growth strategy,” said Jacob Jensen, founder and CEO of One.com.

It is not the first time that Cinven is investing in a web hosting company. In August 2013, it had acquired HEG (Host Europe Group) which was also a leading provider of web hosting services in Europe. Cinven experienced significant profits with platform investment in HEG. In January, Cinven eventually sold HEG to its strategic partner GoDaddy.

“We are very excited to invest in One.com alongside Jacob. It is a high-quality business with an attractive brand and scalable technology platform, operating in a market with structural growth drivers. This is a subsector we know well through Cinven’s successful investment in HEG in Fund 5, continuing to invest in both the organic growth story and targeted acquisitions,” said Thomas Railhac, Partner at Cinven.

Also read: Top 6 reasons free website hosting is a mistake

The companies didn’t reveal the financial terms of the deal.

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European Union approves Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub

In June this year, Microsoft had marked one of the biggest acquisition, buying open source icon GitHub for $7.5 billion. Now that acquisition has got approval from the European Commission under the EU Merger Regulation.

The European Commission, a branch of the European Union, concluded that effective competition in the relevant markets would continue and Microsoft would have incentive to undermine the open nature of GitHub’s platform.

Both Microsoft and GitHub provide DevOps tools to enterprises and individual developers to develop and release software. Specifically, the companies deliver software development platforms, code editors, and integrated development environments to enable developers collaborate on source code.

While the code editors are computer programs used to edit source code, IDEs are applications that consist code editor and additional features like intelligent code completion.

“The Commission found that the combination of Microsoft and GitHub’s activities on these markets would raise no competition concerns because the merged entity would continue to face significant competition from other players on both markets,” the EU body said.

Microsoft had applied for the EU approval on 14th September. European Commission evaluated if Microsoft will take advantage of GitHub’s popularity to improve its own sales of DevOps tools and cloud services.

It also checked whether Microsoft would integrate its own DevOps tools and cloud services with GitHub and limit its integration with third party services.

“Microsoft is a developer-first company, and by joining forces with GitHub we strengthen our commitment to developer freedom, openness and innovation. We recognize the community responsibility we take on with this agreement and will do our best work to empower every developer to build, innovate and solve the world’s most pressing challenges,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had said at the time of acquisition.

If Microsoft takes advantage of GitHub to promote its own DevOps tools and cloud services, while limiting integration of others, it can reduce the value of GitHub for developers. They would then prefer to switch to other platforms.

Also read: VS Code, React, and Tensorflow continue to be the top open source projects in 2018: GitHub’s State of the Octoverse 2018 report

Hence, the EU body said that GitHub acquisition wouldn’t raise any competition concerns in affected markets. The case has been cleared unconditionally following the first phase of investigation.

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Twilio adds email API platform to its portfolio with SendGrid acquisition

Leading cloud communications software provider Twilio is acquiring cloud email services provider SendGrid for approx $2 billion.

While Twilio provides software to enterprises for engaging with customers through voice, SMS, video, smart speakers and messaging platforms, SendGrid does the same through automated email services.

With acquisition, Twilio will combine the capabilities of SendGrid to its platform. This will expand Twilio’s set of communication tools with email API platform. Aim of acquisition is to drive tremendous value to combined customer bases, the companies said.

“Increasingly, our customers are asking us to solve all of their strategic communications challenges – regardless of channel. Email is a vital communications channel for companies around the world, and so it was important to us to include this capability in our platform,” said Jeff Lawson, Twilio’s co-founder and chief executive officer.

“The two companies share the same vision, the same model, and the same values. We believe this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring together two leading developer-focused communications platforms to create the unquestioned platform of choice for all companies looking to transform their customer engagement.”

Cloud APIs provided by Twilio allow developers to build intelligent communication systems. When the company was founded around a decade ago, it started with voice communication system. Over the time, it evolved to add chat, SMS, smart speakers like Alexa, and messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

However, the email API platform was still missing. To add that, Twilio went for SendGrid because of its developer-first approach towards building email delivery solutions.

“This is a tremendous day for all SendGrid customers, employees and shareholders,” said Sameer Dholakia, SendGrid’s chief executive officer.

“Our two companies have always shared a common goal – to create powerful communications experiences for businesses by enabling developers to easily embed communications into the software they are building. Our mission is to help our customers deliver communications that drive engagement and growth, and this combination will allow us to accelerate that mission for our customers.”

Also read: Adopting modern application architectures critical for business growth — Highlights from CA Technologies report

The transaction will close in first half of 2019, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

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Microsoft is reportedly buying open-source development platform GitHub

Microsoft is reportedly marking one of the biggest tech acquisition in 2018, buying the leading open-source software development platform GitHub.

People familiar with the matter told Business Insider that GitHub has been struggling to find a CEO since former CEO Chris Wanstrath announced resignation nine months back. The company has failed to generate profits. Microsoft might officially announce the acquisition earlier this week.

GitHub is one of the world’s leading software development platform, hosting 27 million developers who are working on 80 million repositories of code. The top tech companies including Facebook, Apple, Google, and IBM use GitHub to host and review code, manage projects, and build software.

In fact, over 1000 of developers from Microsoft itself use GitHub to write code for projects hosted on the site. GitHub has preferred Microsoft partially because of the impressive leadership of CEO Satya Nadella, said one of the sources. Microsoft was in talks to team up with GitHub, but ended up discussing on acquisition.

“The companies have had on-and-off conversations over the years, but talks have grown more serious in the past few weeks,” sources told Business Insider.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella believes that computing has reached everywhere, and is embedded in places, things, homes, and cities. The world has become a computer itself. And if the world is a computer, the developers are a new seat of power.

GitHub is a primary vehicle for developers that allows them to collaborate and share ideas along with writing code. It is like LinkedIn for developers. The acquisition of GitHub will help Microsoft to bring its cloud and development tools to more developers.

Also read: Microsoft Cloud is up to 93% more energy efficient than traditional on-premise datacenters: Report

Terms of the acquisition weren’t known on Sunday. GitHub was last valued at $2 billion in 2015.

Bloomberg tried connecting with Microsoft and GitHub but both the companies declined to comment.

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Despite revenue decline, Cisco fights back with new acquisition and plans for product extensions

Cisco Systems Inc. recently announced its intent to buy Springpath Inc, leading hyperconvergence software provider for $320 Million in cash.

The decision came few days after the computer networking giant announced its fourth quarter earnings report of a declining revenue base.

Total revenue was down 4% recorded at $12.41 billion.

The revenue from many of its products was considerably low (5% down). The primary products revenue was down in the fourth quarter, while services saw an increase by 1%. Security and wireless offerings recorded 3% and 5% upsurge. While other revenue sources were all in the decline, including switching and routing (9% down year-over-year).

Reportedly, analysts said that they don’t expect much improvement to the business in coming quarters, but the company can perform well in the long run. This can be due to the increased efforts towards acquisition of software and subscription businesses.

The intention to buy Springpath can be considered as one such effort. Cisco’s HyperFlex HCI (hyper-converged infrastructure) is an Original Equipment Manufacturer(OEM) of Springpath.
The duo, thus, have been working very closely since 2012, when Springpath was founded. And, most of the customers and channel partners expected the companies to merge businesses in future.

Rob Salvagno, Vice-President, Corporate Business Development, Cisco said, “This acquisition is a meaningful addition to our data center portfolio and aligns with our overall transition to providing more software-centric solutions,”

He further added, “Springpath’s file system technology was built specifically for hyperconvergence, which we believe will deliver sustainable differentiation in this fast-growing segment. I’m excited to be able to provide our customers and partners with the simplicity and agility they need in data center innovation.”

The company also announced its plans to extend ACI (Application Centric Infrastructure) into public cloud segment.

In a company blog it said that now the customers will be able to run applications across their private as well as public cloud. The service will soon be available on Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud platform.

With this, the company aims to offer maximum flexibility to its customers. Currently, ACI service supports multiple hypervisors, Linux containers and bare metal servers. The company even co-engineered with over 65 Data Center ecosystem partners who run their products with ACI. This has helped ACI turn into the most flexible and widely deployed SDN (Software defined networking) solution.

And now by extending the same facility to public cloud domain, customers will get more benefits.

With such developments and efforts in revamping product line, it would be interesting to see how Cisco jumps back with higher revenues.

Stay tuned for updates!

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