EMC Acquires Cloudscaling Group, Maginatics And Spanning Cloud Apps

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The acquisitions extend EMC’s hybrid cloud strategy and vision across cloud infrastructure, storage and data protection

EMC has acquired three cloud technology companies – The Cloudscaling Group, Maginatics and Spanning Cloud Apps.

Each company is expected to bring to EMC expertise and powerful capabilities to enable EMC to extend the reach of its hybrid cloud vision across cloud infrastructure, storage and data protection. The acquisitions, together with today’s announcement of the EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution, underscore EMC’s commitment to customers to deliver choice and agility in hybrid cloud deployments.

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Businesses are demanding more than ever from IT. They want choice in devices, rapid creation and deployment of new services, and flexibility as to where applications live, how they are managed and by whom. Against this backdrop, they want to do more with less, lower their costs and have the ability to scale instantaneously. To meet these expectations IT organisations must deliver IT as a Service (ITaaS) via a Well-Run Hybrid Cloud that brings together the performance, security, and control of private cloud with the flexibility and cost advantages of public cloud.

With today’s acquisitions, EMC broadens its cloud capabilities on three key dimensions: the ability to offer customers OpenStack-powered hybrid cloud solutions, cloud choice with data mobility across multiple clouds, and new protection capabilities for ‘born in the cloud’ applications and data.

Cloudscaling is a provider of OpenStack-powered Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for private and hybrid cloud solutions, and is a founding member of the OpenStack Foundation. Its Open Cloud System (OCS) provides an operating system to manage compute, storage and networking in the cloud. The Cloudscaling OCS supports a new generation of cloud-based applications and provides the agility, performance and economic benefits of leading public cloud services, but it is deployed in customer data centers and, therefore, remains under the control of IT. The addition of Cloudscaling will provide EMC customers with multiple options for running private and hybrid clouds and will help EMC accelerate its OpenStack-powered infrastructure offerings.

Maginatics is a cloud technology provider offering a highly consistent global namespace accessible from any device or location, unlocking enterprise hybrid cloud choice and flexibility for EMC customers and partners through interfaces into a variety of private and public clouds. The addition of Maginatics extends EMC’s cloud data protection strategy by enabling unified data protection and management across disparate private, public and hybrid clouds. Maginatics technology also facilitates efficient data mobility across multiple clouds with data deduplication, WAN optimisation, handling of large objects and multi-threading. EMC expects to integrate Maginatics technology with existing EMC data protection software, storage and services.

Spanning is a provider of subscription-based backup and recovery for ‘born-in-the-cloud’ applications and data. Spanning solutions prevent business interruption due to data loss in Google Apps, Salesforce.com, and soon Microsoft Office 365. It is hoped that the combination of EMC’s data protection portfolio and Spanning’s services will uniquely position EMC to help users confidently deploy data protection solutions across all applications and workloads, regardless of where the data is created or where the applications reside.

Cloudscaling CEO Randy Bias and team will join the EMC Emerging Technologies Division led by its president, CJ Desai. Maginatics CEO Amarjit Gil and team, along with Spanning CEO Jeff Erramouspe and team will join EMC’s newly formed Core Technologies Division led by its President, Guy Churchward.

David Goulden, CEO of EMC Information Infrastructure, said: “We could not be more excited to welcome Cloudscaling, Maginatics and Spanning to EMC. What we have here is a trifecta of customer choice for hybrid cloud environments. Each company offers unique technology for delivering cloud abstraction and flexibility for customers. Together with the new EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution, EMC customers and partners are better positioned than ever to capitalise on the promise of hybrid clouds and deliver the agility of IT as a Service that their businesses require.”

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