Monday, February 05, 2018

Data Center Links: February 05, 2018

Here are some (mostly) recent things I found interesting:

  • Intel's Industrial-Scale data center. Seeking Alpha has a really interesting article on how Intel has revealed a lot of patent applications recently - around its data center vision: with persistent memory and 'sled architectures'. "The architecture is centered on disaggregated processor, memory and storage, all connected by photonics."
  • I knew there would be some increased M&A activity in 2018, but wow....
    • Cisco acquires BroadSoft.  Cisco announced it is acquiring BroadSoft for $1.9 billion.  With approvals from the board at each company Cisco will add the Broadsoft collaboration solutions to its Unified Communications Technology group, under VP and General manager Tom Puorro. 
    • Red Hat acquires CoreOS. Red Hat announced it has acquired CoreOS for $250 million. CoreOS is also known for helping to drive many of the open source innovations that are at the heart of containerized applications, including Kubernetes, Container Linux and etcd, the distributed data store for Kubernetes.
    • SAP acquires CallidusCloud. SAP announced it will acquire CallidusCloud for $2.4 billion. CallidusCloud offers a full suite of sales performance management (SPM) and configure-price-quote (CPQ) solutions.
    • INAP to acquire SingleHop.  INAP announced it is acquiring managed hosting and IaaS provider SingleHop for $132 million. Single Hop's cofounder and CEO Zak Boca noted "SingleHop’s innovative approach to IaaS and the delivery of managed services combined with INAP’s global data center and network presence will give clients a one-stop shop for their IT needs. This is a strong combination that I’m very excited to be a part of. I look forward to transitioning to become the Chief Marketing Officer of INAP.
    • Apptio acquires Digital Fuel.  SaaS based Technology Business Management company Apptio announced it is acquiring Digital Fuel for $42.5 million. Digital Fuel was owned by Skyview Capital, who bought the company from VMware.