5 Companies That Came To Win This Week10:00 AM EST Fri. Feb. 08, 2013
Dell came to win this week in a $24.4 billion deal to go private that included investments from CEO Michael Dell and equity investor Silver Lake Partners, a $2 billion loan from Microsoft, money from Dell the company itself, and financial help from assorted institutions.
The move allows Dell some time away from Wall Street scrutiny to do what it needs to break free of its commodity PC hardware bonds and reshape itself as an enterprise solution provider, something it couldn't do as a public company with investors body-slamming the company every time it reported a drop in PC sales.
Oracle unveiled plans to acquire Acme Packet, a developer of session border control and IP networking technology, for $2.1 billion.
Acme Packet's products, used by more than 1,900 enterprise and service provider customers, are slated to become a core offering in the Oracle Communications portfolio. This will give Oracle a networking component it can leverage in both its converged infrastructure offerings and its plans to be a cloud technology provider, and it will put Oracle in direct competition with other networking vendors including Cisco and Huawei.
Hewlett-Packard unveiled its first Google Chromebook, the Pavilion 14, marking the first time the PC giant committed to an operating system other than Microsoft since its costly attempt to market the webOS-based HP TouchPad.
The Pavilion 14 gives HP an alternative to its Windows-based portable PC line, one that better competes with similar systems from other vendors of mobile devices based on Google's popular Chrome OS, including Samsung, Acer and Lenovo.
Cisco showed it is serious about the next stage of networking technology with its unveiling of a full line of 40-Gigabit Ethernet, cloud-to-cloud management, open source networking and software-defined networking (SDN) hardware and software.
While 40-GbE networking has been available for some time, and while 100-GbE equipment is trickling into the market, Cisco's new 40-GbE networking gear is targeted at getting data centers, which for the most part are based on 10-GbE technology, ready for the next level of networking.
Big data startup solution provider Think Big Analytics came out of stealth mode, fueled by $3 million in funding from angel investor and former Cisco exec Daniel Scheinman (pictured), along with venture capital firm WI Harper Group.
The company provides a variety of big data-related services, ranging from consulting and engineering to the delivery of custom applications. It also boasts a history of working with Apache Hadoop, the open-source framework sitting at the forefront of the big data trend.