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Cisco to buy Piston in next wave of cloud consolidation

It was only a matter of time before someone snapped up Piston Cloud. And the winner is: Cisco. It is bringing the OpenStack-cloud oriented company aboard as part of its cloud services team, the company said Tuesday morning. The deal presumably helps Cisco catch up with Amazon in the public cloud race. Terms were not disclosed, but as part of the deal Cisco gets 38 Piston employees, including engineers, developers and customer support people… Cisco, like its legacy hardware rivals HP and IBM  are rushing to catch up with AWS which leads the league by far, at least in shared public cloud infrastructure…” Via Barb Darrow, Fortune

Cisco acquires Piston Cloud Computing, will use to ramp up Intercloud offerings
…Cisco’s business development head Hilton Romanski said Piston will play a key role in the company’s “ambitious Intercloud vision.” Launched in 2014, Intercloud is Cisco’s effort to create a connected network of clouds. It’s made up of two components: the Intercloud Fabric, which allows workloads to be migrated among various public clouds; and the Application Centric Infrastructure software, which automatically provisions resources depending on the workload. …Piston fits in because it gives Cisco more muscle around distributed systems and automated deployment, in addition to adding another level of infrastructure to the Cisco OpenStack private cloud…” Via Natalie Gagliordi, ZDNet

Our mission continues…
When Joshua, Gretchen, and Christopher founded Piston, our mission was to bring the technologies enjoyed by companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon to a wider market. With that as our guiding principle, we have delivered an automated private cloud solution that is easy to deploy and scale remarkably fast. We pioneered the delivery of the industry’s first commercial version of OpenStack and we are proud of the technology we are delivering to the ecosystem and the community that we have built. As we continue our mission – and in fact accelerate it further- we are delighted to announce Cisco’s intent to acquire Piston…” Via Piston Blog


IBM acquires Seattle’s Blue Box in major deal for private cloud service
Blue Box, a 12-year-old Seattle company that offers on-demand private cloud services, has agreed to be sold to IBM in a deal of undisclosed size. …Blue Box raised $14 million earlier this year from an undisclosed telecommunications partner, as well as from existing backers such as Voyager Capital and Founders Collective. At the time of the deal, Blue Box employed 60 people. …The acquisition marks yet another example of Seattle’s importance when it comes to cloud technologies, with a number of large tech companies — H-P, Amazon, Microsoft, and now IBM — using it as a base for cloud engineering…” Via John Cook, GeekWire

IBM Acquires Blue Box to Accelerate Open Hybrid Clouds
…Enterprises are seeking ways to embrace all types of cloud to address a wide range of workloads. Today’s announcement reinforces IBM’s commitment to deliver flexible cloud computing models that make it easier for customers to move to data and applications across clouds and meets their needs across public, private and hybrid cloud environments. … This move further accelerates IBM’s commitment to open technologies and OpenStack. IBM has 500 developers dedicated to working on open cloud projects to bring new cloud innovations to market. With Forrester Research recently finding that more than twice as many firms use or plan to use IBM Cloud as their primary hosted private cloud platform than the next closest vendor [2], Blue Box is a strategic fit into the IBM Cloud portfolio…” Via Press Release


Whitman Paints a Vague Picture of HP Enterprise
Meg Whitman, chairwoman and chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, explained her dream Tuesday for HP Enterprise, the new company she’s creating after HP is split in half. She also indicated her dilemma. Ms. Whitman told an annual meeting of big-business customers that HP Enterprise, which sells servers, storage, software and networking products, as of Nov. 1 will be remade for the growing business of cloud computing, mobility and big data. …Much of the company’s current services business consists of doing things like running call centers cheaply, not leading huge changes for corporate customers. Moreover, it’s not yet clear how well HP Enterprise is recreating itself…” Via Quentin Hardy, NY Times

Two of Cisco’s most hated rivals just formed a new partnership
HP has been trying to take down Cisco for years and today it announced a move that has some real potential. It is partnering with network industry upstart Arista Networks. The two companies have joined forces to combine Arista’s networking equipment with HP’s 3Par storage equipment, HP’s server technology and HP’s popular network management software OneView. …” Via Julie Bort, Business Insider


Hybrid cloud: Define what it is, then decide what you want
First, there was software as a service, infrastructure and then platform as a service, then public and private cloud, and today hybrid cloud — but is the latter vendor-driven cloud washing or something more? …Hybrid cloud, in my world at any rate, is where you have your own on-premise services and cloud-based services and they integrate with each other in some way. …Come to think of it, though, if you have a cloud setup where you use two different providers for an integration operation, I’d be happy to let you think of that as “hybrid” too – you’re having to do integration between a cloud provider and somewhere else, after all…” Via Dave Cartwright, The Register

Opinionated Infrastructure Podcast: Java 20 years in, past, present, future.
Introducing a new podcast series, called Opinionated Infrastructure, for those of that don’t like to watch video rants while you’re driving. This first one is sponsored by, which might surprise you given the theme is 20 years of Java, past, present and future. More surprising perhaps is that the guest is Joe Kutner, JVM Languages Owner at Heroku. Now don’t imagine we spend the show saying Java sucks, but JVMs are cool. That is not the point. Rather – what is the role of Java in a web native era? How did we get here, and what comes next. Heroku wants to be be a home for the new Java workloads…” Via James Governor, RedMonk

There Are No More Easy Answers In Mobile App Development
Pity the mobile developer.  For years she was told to “build an app for that.” But then questions were raised about whether to focus on Web or native. And now, according to Intercom’s Paul Adams, you shouldn’t be thinking about a mobile-first strategy at all. You should instead be thinking about screens. Confused much? Well, it gets worse. …  What’s a mobile developer to do?..” Via Matt Asay, ReadWrite


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