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VMware is buying Digital Fuel Technologies, an Israeli-American software house whose widgetry lets companies analyze the cost of cloud computing. Price was not disclosed but Globes puts it at $85 million. The acquisition is supposed to give VMware the wherewithal to enable enterp...
Lenovo is buying Medion AG, a publicly traded 1,000-man German PC and consumer electronics retailer, to accelerate its consumer sales in Europe. It’s paying around $906 million (€13 a share), roughly a 27% premium. Lenovo CFO Wong Wai Ming said in a statement that the “acquisition di...
VMware said Tuesday that it’s bought Socialcast, a start-up that peddles social collaboration software to the enterprise so employees can communicate in real-time. VMware describes the widgetry as “uniting people, information and enterprise applications within collaborative communiti...
Software AG is buying Terracotta, whose open source widgetry makes Java-based enterprise applications run faster and scale without rewriting the code. The German company wants the start-up as the basis of a perspective cloud offering, expecting to use it to turn into a Platform-as-a-...
"Both Terracotta and Software AG are committed to further investment in our technologies and preserving the vibrant open source communities of Ehcache and Quartz," said Amit Pandey, CEO of Terracotta, as it was announced today in San Francisco, USA & Darmstadt, Germany, that Software A...
Software AG on Monday announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Terracotta Inc. This acquisition will allow Software AG to provide innovative cloud solutions and dramatically increase the performance and scalability of its Business Process Excellence platform...
Iron Mountain is selling its on-demand backup & recovery services, digital archiving and eDiscovery widgetry, all part of its Digital unit, to Britain’s search and discovery house Autonomy Corporation for about $380 million cash. Autonomy means to make the stuff part of its data-mana...
It’s great to be fast and furious, but if your infrastructure handles like a boat you won’t be able to take advantage of its performance We recently joined the land of modernity when I had a wild urge to acquire a Wii. Any game system is pretty useless without games, so we got some of...
CEO Steve Ballmer described Microsoft’s $8.5 billion cash offer to buy Skype as “unsolicited” during a webcast press conference Tuesday morning. Skype CEO Tony Bates, soon to be president of a new Microsoft Skype Division, sidestepped answering a question about competing bids, rumore...
Obviously born to pay retail, Microsoft is gonna ante up $8.5 billion cash money to scoff up Skype and turn it into its new Skype Division with CEO, Cisco veteran Tony Bates, as president. Bates will report to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The price, more than Microsoft has ever paid ...
Facebook is rumored to be quietly turning over the idea of buying Skype, whose potentially billion-dollar IPO was delayed into the second half after it got a new CEO from Cisco and after Skype voiced jitters over the legitimacy of its VP7 video compression/decompression IP it licensed ...
Ah, the gloves are coming off. VMware, under the guise of a proprietary virtualization company, is inching up the software stack to horn in on Microsoft’s prized Office turf, a piece of ground well known to its CEO, ex-Microsoft nabob Paul Maritz. It’s bought SlideRocket, a five-year...
Lawson Software suckered the punters who had bid its stock up over 13 bucks a share in the last six weeks in anticipation of a bidding war or a sweetener after privately held Infor – now run by former Oracle president Chuck Phillips – put $11.25 a share on the table late at night the F...
Savvis, which got put in play when Verizon bought rival Terremark for $1.4 billion three months ago, has found a strategic buyer in Louisiana-based telecom house CenturyLink, which has agreed to pay $2.5 billion in cash and stock for the cloud and managed hosting company. That is unl...
Wasting no time after regulators took months to approve its acquisition, Novell said Wednesday that it now belongs to Attachmate for the princely sum of $2.2 billion cash, a lot of it its own recycled money. It’s currently operating as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Attachmate Grou...
VMware on Tuesday announced the acquisition of SlideRocket, a leading SaaS-based business presentation provider. SlideRocket delivers innovative presentation solutions that uniquely leverage modern concepts of cloud computing, collaboration, social media and mobile computing platforms....
Novell’s acquisition by Attachmate, which hung on the $450 million purchase of around 882 of its patents and patent applications by the Microsoft-led CPTN consortium, can go through now that regulators on both sides of the pond figure they’ve tied CPTN’s hands. The Justice Department ...
Novell told the SEC Tuesday that it’s still waiting for regulatory clearance of the sale of 882 patents to a consortium composed of Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and EMC and that the Justice Department’s deadline to object had passed on April 12 (the date of the filing) but that it was stil...
Interoute Communications Ltd, owner operator of Europe’s largest next-generation network, on Monday announced that demand for its Unified ICT enterprise services and its pan European cloud service delivery network led it to its first full year as a net profitable company. Interoute’s t...
HP was reportedly talking to TIBCO until a couple of weeks ago when something went wrong, Reuters says, quoting a couple of sources “familiar with the matter.” The wire service doesn’t know what went wrong or if they’ll come back to the table. HP is separately known to be snubbing anyt...
EMC said Monday that it’s bought NetWitness Corporation, a privately held network security analysis operation in Virginia that lets security teams detect and remediate advanced threats like insider threats, zero-day exploits, targeted malware, advanced persistent threats, fraud, espion...
Matthew Kluger, an M&A lawyer who until a few weeks ago worked at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the crossroads of high-tech acquisitions, and his trader sidekick Garret Bauer were arrested by the FBI and IRS Wednesday morning on insider trading charges dating back to before 1995 wh...
Texas Instruments said Monday after the market closed that it’s going to buy rival National Semiconductor for about $6.5 billion cash. Chip groupie Nathan Brookwood called it simply “the passing of an era.” TI is offering 25 bucks a share for the analog chipmaker, a hefty 78% premiu...
"Today it is my pleasure to announce that VMware has hired the team and acquired assets behind EMC’s Mozy cloud-based data protection service," wrote VMware CTO and former Cloud Expo keynoter Steve Herrod Monday, as VMware continued its quest, through strategic acquisitions if necessar...
A free-spending Salesforce.com announced its fourth acquisition in four months Wednesday when it said it’s buying Radian6 for $340 million in cash and stock, mostly cash. Radian6 is the Canadian start-up that eavesdrops on what people are saying about its customers’ product on social...
Cisco said Tuesday that it’s going to buy newScale, the 11-year-old outfit that sells companies – and some very chi-chi ones at that – the wherewithal to run self-service digital stores in-house where their people can go to get outfitted with all sorts of digital and cloud finery. Cis...
Mentor Graphics’ board Monday unanimously rejected Carl Icahn’s month-old offer to buy the joint for $1.9 billion, which translates into $17 a share. It says it’s too little. It also said that “Icahn’s proposal that Mentor put itself up for sale to a strategic buyer entails significa...
In a move that would if approved allow it to overtake Verizon as the biggest US wireless provider, AT&T Sunday announced evening announced that it has agreed to buy T-Mobile USA from Germany's Deutsche Telekom.
CoreLogic has acquired Dorado Network Systems Corporation for $32 million in an all-cash transaction. Dorado provides collaborative cloud computing applications and architecture to the financial services industry. The acquisition gives CoreLogic a patented cloud computing-based techno...
Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS) on Tuesday announced expanded functionality of Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC). Starting today, AWS has broadened an enterprise’s networking options with Amazon VPC by letting them specify which of their Amazon VPC resources they wish to make dir...
Very late Friday – 9:30 at night in New York in fact, when Japan was dominating the news – Lawson Software said it had gotten an unsolicited $1.84 billion takeover offer from privately held Infor and its owner Golden Gate Capital. That was three days after Reuters reported on Tuesd...
NetApp said late Wednesday that it’s buying chipmaker LSI’s Engenio external storage systems business for $480 million cash. CEO Tom Georgens said it will expand NetApp’s addressable market and generate greater revenue growth. LSI said the operation did $705 million last year. ...
Lawson Software has hired Barclays Capital to go out and try and sell it, or find it another option, according to Reuters. Reportedly prospective suitors have been contacted. The story names HP, IBM, Microsoft, the avaricious Oracle, SAP, privately owned Infor and private equity ...
So Hitachi’s disk drive unit isn’t going to IPO after all. Instead it’s going to go to Western Digital for $4.3 billion in cash and stock. Western Digital must be convinced there’s still a future for disk drives as opposed to solid-state flash because of the increasing penchant for l...
Teradata said Thursday that it’s going to buy the 89% of Aster Data Systems that it doesn’t already own for $263 million less the $21 million in cash the “Big Data” analytics company has in the bank. Evidently responding to IBM’s hearty appetite for analytics acquisitions, Teradata a...
The New York Post claimed Wednesday to have a disinterested source “close to the situation” telling it that the Justice Department could scotch the $450 million sale of Novell’s patents to the Microsoft-led consortium that includes Apple, Oracle and EMC, a sale that’s integral to Novel...
Facebook – which evidently imagines itself eventually replacing corporate web sites, according to a piece by CNET quoting the commercial director of Facebook UK who spoke at a Technology for Marketing and Advertising conference in London – has acquired mobile messaging start-up Beluga....
Novell said late Thursday that it had gotten stockholder approval for its $6.10-a-share acquisition by Attachmate. Novell still needs US and German antitrust clearance to sell its patents to a consortium of Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and EMC. The acquisition hinges on it. Novell said...
In its first acquisition of the new Apotheker administration – which is expected to bulk up on enterprise software – HP is buying Vertica Systems, the six-year-old real-time analytic database start-up in Massachusetts begun by serial entrepreneur and database brand name Michael Stonebr...
Citrix Systems on Tuesday announced that it has closed the acquisition of Netviewer AG, a leading, privately held European Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) vendor in collaboration and IT services. As announced on December 17, 2010, Netviewer will become part of Citrix Online, the online se...