Five Companies That Came To Win This Week11:25 AM EST Fri. Jun. 29, 2012
Google, at its I/O developer conference in San Francisco, unveiled Compute Engine, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service platform that's intended to compete with Amazon, Rackspace and other cloud players. In so doing, Google is making clear its desire to leverage the data center infrastructure it has been busily building out around the world.
"This is a major move by Google and what you're seeing is the emergence of these mega cloud providers that already have extensive infrastructure running at massive scale," said Bailey Caldwell, vice president of business development for RightScale, which manages and delivers applications to Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, Eucalyptus Systems and Microsoft and will now partner with Google as well.
Red Hat plans to acquire FuseSource, a developer of open-source integration and messaging software, in a move aimed at beefing up its JBoss middleware product portfolio.
FuseSource develops open-source application integration and messaging software based on the Apache ServiceMix, Aapche MQ, Apache CFX and Apache Camel technologies. Adding FuseSource products to the JBoss line will expand the range of application integration software and services Red Hat can market to its customers, the company said.
Blue Jeans Network scored a Series C funding round of $25 million, bringing its total funding to date to about $48.5 million. It plans to use the funding to expand sales, marketing and operations, and to bolster R&D and improvements to the Blue Jeans platform. Blue Jeans offers a cloud-based meeting room service in which users can host, schedule and manage their own conferences via a Web interface. It bridges proprietary video and audio protocols, allowing a Cisco or Polycom system to connect with a consumer-grade offering such as Skype.
"In a year, we've gone from unknown to disrupter," Stu Aaron, Blue Jeans' chief commercial officer, told CRN. "We're growing our paying customer base day in and day out, and we're happy to have gotten to a year."
Apple thinks Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet looks and feels too much like the iPad, and it has been lawyering up in an attempt to block it from being sold in the U.S. This week, California District Judge Lucy Koh, who in December turned down Apple's request for an injunction, ruled in Apple's favor.
A Samsung spokesperson told CRN that the ruling will not deal too significant a blow to its U.S. tablet sales, as the injunction is only specific to the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab, not the second-generation Galaxy Tab 2 or 7-inch Galaxy Tab 7.7.
SSD and Flash memory device manufacturer SanDisk is acquiring Schooner Information Technology, a developer of database software optimized for use with Flash storage, to expand its software business and move up the enterprise product stack. SanDisk will get two key products in the deal: SchoonerSQL, a full SQL database, and Membrain, a type of caching software that can be used with SSDs.
"Now with Schooner, we are integrating higher into the stack of our enterprise customers," Patricia Harrell, SanDisk's director of business development, told CRN. "So now we are stretching across both hardware and software."