Mergers, Acquisitions, and Spin-outs Pave the Way for More Big Shifts in the Cloud Market

A. DeCarlo
A. DeCarlo

Summary Bullets:

• Consolidation is the name of the game in cloud as more providers look to mergers and other moves to redouble their efforts against the better-resourced industry giants AWS, Microsoft and even Google

• Rackspace is following suit, finding a buyer in equity firm Apollo Global Management that will invest more in growing the company which will operate as a private entity outside the scrutiny of Wall Street

With just a handful of cloud providers dominating the market, second tier and tertiary rivals are looking for new ways to compete. For many, consolidation is the route they take in their quest to level the playing field as they face-off against behemoths like AWS and Microsoft. Continue reading “Mergers, Acquisitions, and Spin-outs Pave the Way for More Big Shifts in the Cloud Market”

VMware and Huawei: Two Mega-Events, Two Mega-Visions of Tomorrow’s Cloud Ecosystem

C. Drake
C. Drake

Summary Bullets:

  • At their respective annual events, VMware and Huawei delivered their own visions of the emerging cloud ecosystem and their plans for shaping that ecosystem.
  • Key distinctions between these two companies’ approach to cloud building include the way they work with partners and the way they negotiate new technology innovations.

Last week saw two IT giants, on different sides of the globe, articulate their own particular visions of the emerging cloud technology ecosystem and their respective plans for shaping that ecosystem. For virtualization king VMware, the eighth annual VMworld event in Las Vegas was, among other things, an opportunity to demonstrate its efforts to extend the VMware platform to the public cloud while continuing to position its various platform components as the underlying foundation of the modern cloud data center. From the three days at Vegas’ glittering Mandalay Bay hotel, it was clear that VMware sees itself as driving and shaping the evolving cloud ecosystem with its own products and solutions, while building partnerships that complement and supplement its broader business model. Examples of VMware’s approach to cloud building include its strategy towards containers and its new Cross-Cloud Services initiative, which is so new that it has yet to be given a commercial name. Continue reading “VMware and Huawei: Two Mega-Events, Two Mega-Visions of Tomorrow’s Cloud Ecosystem”