The technology world has grown by leaps and bounds, and has hardly given anyone, including the savviest service providers, any time to settle down, leaving them gasping for their breath. Cloud computing has been the talk of the town in the recent times. It’s capability of delivering on-demand technology resources through the internet along with offering pay-as-you-go services has made it one of the most impeccable part of the modern technology. It has paved a great way for a slew of effective yet inexpensive services. De facto, the importance of the cloud services has resulted into many tech mergers in the recent times. Every tech giant is striving to acquire some or complete part of a cloud-based company or service. According to an article published by Forbes, in 2014 alone, around 42 percent of all the technology deals were directly driven by cloud and smart mobility, which is further estimated to have gone up in the recent times. Let’s discuss about some of the recent acquisitions or mergers and future ones, which further clear the role of cloud in the deal-making.
Dell – EMC Merger
The Dell – EMC merger has been one of the largest acquisitions in the entire technology world. EMC which offers analytic and cloud services was acquired by Dell in a cash-and-stock deal of $67 billion. Cloud, without any shadow of doubt, was a major reason behind the merger, as Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell Inc, quoted that the deal would bring some of the most reliable integrated technologies. The announced mega merger will seriously impact the cloud world according to several key people in the industry.
SanDisk – Fusion-io
SanDisk Corporation, a global leader, delivering commendable flash storage solutions, acquired Fusion-io, Inc., offering big data, visualization and cloud computing services, back in 2014, for approximately $ 1.1 billion. This was again a cloud-driven deal by SanDisk Corporation, aimed at offering high-performance storage solutions.
Cisco – OpenDNS
OpenDNS is has a global network that offers sophisticated, cloud-delivered security solutions, which was the principal factor in its acquisition by Cisco, a multinational tech company. The acquisition was analyzed by the industry analysts as one that will offer unmatched cloud-based security services.
Francisco Partners – ClickSoftware Deal
The Francisco Partners, a multinational equity firm, focused on investing in technology-enabled service providers, acquired ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd, in another cloud-fueled deal. The ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd offer service optimization solutions along with offering automated mobile workforce management.
Microsoft – GreenButton
GreenButton, a cloud-specialized software company of New Zealand was acquired by Microsoft, one of the most reputable IT companies of the globe. The deal was closed by Microsoft, keeping in mind the future of cloud computing and to be able to deliver high-performance computing infrastructure. It will allow a cloud to run the compute-intensive workloads of various industries.
Atos – Bull Deal
Atos SE, a French IT company obtained a controlling stake in Bull SAS, a French-owned cloud computing service provider. The acquisition was aimed to anchor the European leadership of Atos in the cloud, cyber-security and big data.
Other than the aforementioned mergers and acquisitions, the Karmasphere, Inc’s acquisition by Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) and Gazzang’s acquisition by Cloudera Inc. are also some of the major cloud-driven deals in the technology industry.
As Steve Jobs used to say: “I don’t need a hard disk in my computer if I can get to the server faster… carrying around these non-connected computers is byzantine by comparison.” This is one of the main benefits of cloud technology and it will become even more popular in the following years. This is the reason why important investors are focusing on merging or buying cloud services providing companies.