January 2015

 

Riverbed Steps Out Of The Public Eye

20 Jan 2015, Posted by Jeska Rayboy in Blog

Many people dream of taking a company public. That is why you build a business, in hopes of the “BIG” payout some day!!! It appears a reversal of this trend in is on the horizon.

Riverbed Technology is the latest major tech company to bow out of public trading, announcing a $3.6 billion takeover by private equity firm Thoma Bravo on Monday. The price is the highest ever paid by Thoma Bravo, and works out to $21 for each share of Riverbed currently in circulation.

The deal should close in early 2015, pending regulatory and shareholder approval. With those in hand, Riverbed would join a growing list of high-profile tech companies in going private, including Dell, BMC and Blue Coat. riverbed

Riverbed is best known for its WAN optimization hardware, an area in which the company has been consistently recognized for quality. Its recent history, however, is one of diversification, purchasing companies with related product offerings and rolling out new lines of its own.

The company had been an acquisition target for some time, rejecting a January bid by Elliot Management Corporation for around $19 per share, and a subsequently sweetened offer of $21 per share. But it had also made acquisitions of its own, most notably the billion-dollar purchase of application performance management company Opnet Technologies in 2012.

While Riverbed’s fortunes had been generally improving over the past few months, it’s still a company facing plenty of challenges. Riverbed lost more than $12 million in 2013, and although it returned to profitability over the past year, some experts believe the company has had trouble integrating Opnet, its big buy.  Click Here

10 Data Storage Startups To Watch In 2015

07 Jan 2015, Posted by Jeska Rayboy in Blog

Happy New Year from Rayboy Insider Search!  Best of luck making 2015 your best year ever.  We are involved in a fast paced industry at a very exciting time. Technologies such as flash caching, cloud disaster recovery, hyper-convergence, and object storage came into their own in 2014, prompting an influx of new data storage startups. There are so many emerging technologies and technology companies it can be hard to keep up.  Below is a list of 10 data storage startups that have launched since fourth quarter of 2013. Now is the time to pay attention to them.

 

Beijing Memblaze Technology Co. Ltd.start up board game

Flagship Product: PBlaze4 Hardware Flash Accelerator Product Launch: General availability in 2015

Although technically not a startup, Memblaze is trying to break into U.S. markets. The company has been around since 2011, selling earlier iterations of its NVMe-based PBlaze PCI Express (PCIe) flash devices to Chinese hyperscale organizations. Memblaze places memory on PCIe cards rather than storage systems to enable capacity planning. PBlaze4 devices will be available in nearly 40 memory configurations using Memblaze’s Pianokey technology, which enables MLC and SLC flash to be added in 50 GB increments.

CacheBox Inc.

Flagship Product: CacheAdvance software Product Launch: August 2014

CacheBox provides a bare-metal caching software layer known as CacheAdvance that bridges hard disk and all-flash storage. The algorithm balances static and dynamic caching policies, applying block-level intelligence to manage input/output requests from high availability storage. Server-side cache and guest-level operating system cache are supported for MySQL and MongoDB environments that run Microsoft Windows Server 2008 or Linux-based storage. CacheBox’s initial release supports kernel-based virtual machine hypervisors, with VMware vSphere support on the 2015 roadmap.

To view the rest of the 2015 Data Storage Startups  CLICK HERE.