Merger Tag


Consolidation Temptation- MONEY MONEY MONEY

23 Oct 2015, Posted by Jeska Rayboy in Blog

What an exciting time to be in the Storage and Data Center Infrastructure market!!! It is so competitive with new technologies popping up everyday that companies are rampantly partnering up for better future strategic positioning. If you thought that Symantec selling Veritas for 8 Billon (Click here for article) was a big deal, that looks like small potatoes compared to Michael Dell’s purchase of EMC. Who saw that 67 Billion dollar acquisition coming? (Click here for article ).  Dell and EMC are both hugely successful companies in their own right, and the combined firm will be a major force to be reckoned with.  It will be very interesting to hear about how things develop with this mega-merger. As we receive additional feedback from people in the marketplace, we will post future emc 2

The Dell/EMC acquisition isn’t the only one that has happened in the past month, just the most expensive… Perhaps everyone is getting ready to crush it in 2016. IBM just bought Cleversafe (Click here for article).Western Digital bought SanDisk  for 19 Billion (Click here for article). Thales Group bought Vormetric  for 400 Million (Click here for article).

Who do you think will be the next corporate marriage????!!!!!

Making Moves In Big Data- 2014

25 Nov 2014, Posted by Jeska Rayboy in Blog

Here is a noteworthy list of moves made that affected the Big Data world in 2014. Enjoy!!


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Oracle & BlueKai

Oracle bought marketing tech startup BlueKai for about $400m in February.

BlueKai offers a data management system that allows marketers to personalise marketing campaigns and measure how well their campaigns reach certain types of people.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although multiple media outlets put the deal at around $400m.

The software giant is integrating BlueKai with its acquired companies Eloqua, a marketing firm, and email marketing specialist Responsys.

Salesforce & RelateIQ

The business software company paid up to $390m to acquire Palo Alto-based RelateIQ, in a deal that will close in October.

RelateIQ, which will become a Salesforce subsidiary, uses a ‘relationship intelligence’ platform to automatically capture data from email, calendars and smartphone calls to provide users with insights into their working lives in real-time.

RelateIQ, founded in 2011, managed to raise $69m in venture capital, with $40m in Series C finalised just this March.

The acquisition is less than the $2.5bn Salesforce paid for online market ExactTarget in 2013 and more than the $326m Salesforce paid for social media monitoring company Radian6 Technologies in 2011.

TIBCO & Jaspersoft

TIBCO paid $185m to acquire Jaspersoft, which is best known for its low-cost open source ETL and reporter software, in April.

The deal is expected to build up Tibco’s analytics business portfolio that until now only consisted of TIBCO Spotfire analytics product, which provides data-discovery tools.

Jaspersoft uses a commercial open source business model that allows developers to embed reporting, analytics and dashboards into applications via multiple data sources.

There have been some 16 million downloads of Jaspersoft’s software and more than 140,000 production deployments as well as 2,000 commercial customers.

Cloudera & Gazzang

The Hadoop vendor agreed to buy data security company Gazzang for an undisclosed amount in June.

The acquisition will see Cloudera incorporate the startup’s encryption software into its Apache Hadoop system in efforts to address the challenges of processing sensitive and legally protected data within the Hadoop ecosystem.

“We did not have that as part of the platform and our way for solving that was to go and work with Gazzang and a number of other vendors, who specialise in doing that,” Cloudera’s CTO and founder Amr Awadallah told CBR in an interview recently.

“Every time, we had to do that with a new customer, they had to sign a deal with us and customers kept telling us we need to have encryption as part of our platform.”

The deal follows Cloudera’s launch lasts year of Sentry, a security module that aims to manage user access rights to specific data sets within a given database.

Hortonworks & XA Secure

Fellow Hadoop vendor Hortonworks also struck a deal to acquire startup XA Secure to make its big data software safe enough for companies to use.

Hortonworks said it plans to use the security firm’s security capabilities, such as centralised policy management, fine-grain access control and encryption management, on its Apache Hadoop stack.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Hortonworks said XA Secure’s 10 employees have joined Hortonworks.  Click here to see the full list.

What Happens Now? Hitachi Data Systems Acquires Sepaton

21 Aug 2014, Posted by Jeska Rayboy in Blog

More consolidation happening in the storage industry, as Hitachi Data Systems acquires Sepaton. George Crump, an IT analyst whose firm focuses on data storage and virtualization, wrote an interesting article outlining why he believes this is a win-win for both sides:

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) announced they had acquired Massachusetts-based Sepaton, an established manufacturer of purpose built backup appliances (PBBAs) that use advanced de-duplication to shorten backup times and minimize backup appliance “sprawl”. The company will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Data Systems, which is a division of Hitachi Ltd, of Japan.

Who is Sepaton?aquire

Founded in 2001, Sepaton was one of the early entrants into the disk-based, de-duplication backup market and originally focused on replacing tape-based backup systems (Sepaton’s name is actually “No Tapes” spelled backwards). But as disk backup and de-deduplication became more mainstream, Sepaton rightly shifted their focus to the advantages of their data reduction technology, building a base of some 3000 customers.

Leveraging their ‘DeltaScale’ technology, Sepaton’s PBBAs deliver some of the fastest backup and recovery performance on the market (up to 80TB per hour) in a modular, scalable, architecture. Using byte-level de-duplication Sepaton’s systems provide some of the highest, most consistent data reduction ratios regardless of data type, enabling multiple-PB, single-system capacities.

 Did Sepaton need to do this?

Sepaton participates in the fiercely competitive purpose-built backup appliance market. They have had the advantage of focusing on enterprise-level customers with a highly scalable, high performance feature set that typically appeals to that market. Their challenge, similar to any startup or small company selling to the enterprise, is building the credibility to effectively compete. While they may have had a product that some considered better suited to the enterprise, they were at a distinct disadvantage when going up against the likes of EMC.

They also faced the reality that many of their partners eventually became competitors. For example, HP was an early advocate and OEM of Sepaton’s, but now competes directly with their StoreOnce technology. The advantage of being part of HDS is that Sepaton gets instant credibility in the market and access to HDS’s resources, channel and sales organization.

Why did HDS do this?

For their part, HDS had no serious offering in the disk backup appliance market while most of their competitors did; including HP, IBM, EMC, Dell and even Oracle. HDS does have an enterprise sales organization and providing them with a quality disk backup appliance that is differentiated from their competition should be an immediate benefit. And Sepaton does create some synergies with HDS’s existing product line. HDS has also been providing the hardware platform for Sepaton’s S2100, with their AMS2100 SAS RAID-6 based storage system.


LOGO-U~1Joyent Inc., the high-performance cloud infrastructure and big data analytics company, and Canonical today announced a partnership that will provide customers high performance, optimized and fully supported Ubuntu server images in the Joyent Cloud. Together, Joyent and Canonical will enable developers and enterprises to create next generation mobile, big data and high-performance applications on Ubuntu, the leading cloud operating system and Joyent’s award winning OS-Virtualized cloud platform.

Joyent customers will now have access to the advanced reliability, performance and flexibility that certified Ubuntu server images provide as well as a powerful cloud deployment, orchestration, and management suite. Customers can be assured that wherever they choose to deploy Ubuntu — in a private cloud deployment or in the high-performance Joyent Cloud — they are fully backed and supported across Canonical and Joyent technologies.

Canonical has enhanced Ubuntu to take advantage of capabilities provided by Joyent Cloud such as an advanced security and authentication model as well as providing tools for faster initialization and configuration of the latest cloud images. Other benefits include the ability to customize disk layout, formatting, and encryption all customized for the user at image provision time.  For customers that also want to ensure that they have options for enterprise or mission critical support, Joyent will provide Canonical-backed Enhanced Support options for Ubuntu. This gives customers a single vendor for all support needs when hosting on Joyent and taking advantage of the add-on support option.