5 Companies That Came To Win This Week10:00 AM EST Fri. Dec. 07, 2012
Apple is planning to shift some production for its Mac computers back to the U.S. in 2013 and will invest up to $100 million in the effort, CEO Tim Cook told Bloomberg in a lengthy interview. The ever-secretive Cook wouldn't say which Mac lines are being moved to the U.S. or where the production facilities will be hosted, but he did divulge that these facilities will be handling more than just final Mac assembly.
Is this a PR-motivated move to improve Apple's image after the Foxconn controversy? Without question. Cynicism aside, Apple's move is certainly encouraging, and hopefully other manufacturers will follow suit.
Citrix Systems added a key piece to its mobility portfolio by announcing its acquisition of Zenprise, a mobile device management software vendor that has ridden the wave of the bring-your-own-device craze. Sumit Dhawan, vice president and general manager of mobile solutions at Citrix, told CRN the move is aimed at filling out Citrix's portfolio of mobile offerings.
"We started with Cloud Gateway, an application management product for a single point of control for all apps," Dhawan said. "We are also close to releasing other mobile apps, including mobile apps for secure email, secure Web browsing apps including access to corporate intranet portals, and a ShareFile app for synchronization and sharing of files. Zenprise is key to offering the entire stack, including the mobile device management part."
Cloudera, in another sign of the booming popularity of Hadoop, scored a $65 million Series E round of venture capital funding, according to an All Things Digital report. Cloudera combines its distribution of the open-source Hadoop software with developer tools, technical support, training programs, and sales and marketing resources to make it easier for enterprises to adopt the technology. The Boston-based startup has raised some $140 million to date. All Things Digital's sources said this gives it a valuation in the neighborhood of $700 million.
Egenera, a vendor of management and automation software for converged infrastructure environments, acquired Fort Technologies, a Dublin, Ireland-based developer of cloud life-cycle software, for an undisclosed sum. The deal was a logical one since Egenera already uses Fort Technologies technology in its PAN Cloud Director product through an OEM agreement, Pete Manca, CEO of Egenera, told CRN. Egenera was the sole OEM of Fort Technologies' cloud management software, Manca said.
"It was a gem of a company," he said. "We originally stumbled on it via another reseller and signed the OEM deal with them about a year ago. We didn't want that hanging out there without us owning it."
Converged networking and storage specialist Emulex is acquiring Endace, a player in the emerging market for packet capture and network recording, for around $130 million in cash.
Endace's flagship product, the Intelligent Network Recorder, is designed to capture, index and record 100 percent of network traffic while scaling from 1 Gbps to 100 Gbps in throughput. Emulex said bringing in Endace would nearly double its total addressable market to $3.2 billion.
"Acquiring Endace aligns with our software-defined convergence strategy, doubles our total addressable market and places Emulex in another high-margin, high-growth market," Jim McCluney, Emulex's CEO, said in a statement.