IBM and Cisco have both announced acquisitions aimed at bolstering their cloud computing portfolios.
IBM has acquired Blue Box Group, a managed private cloud provider using OpenStack and based in Seattle. The firm offers a private cloud-as-a-service platform that IBM said makes it easy for customers to deploy workloads across hybrid cloud environments.
Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, but IBM's general manager of cloud services, Jim Comfort, said that it will provide customers with more flexibility and choice when deploying cloud services.
“IBM is dedicated to helping our clients migrate to the cloud in an open, secure and data rich environment that meets their current and future business needs,” he said.
“The acquisition of Blue Box accelerates IBM’s open cloud strategy, making it easier for our clients to move data and applications across clouds and adopt hybrid cloud environments.”
Blue Box founder and CTO Jesse Proudman explained that joining IBM is a clear step forward for both firms.
"For IBM, acquiring Blue Box is a way to turbo-charge its cloud strategy. Our technology and business model will become a formational kernel for the IBM Cloud organisation to rally around for private clouds," he said in a blog post.
"Add SoftLayer’s global footprint and IBM’s OpenStack upstream capabilities, and I can’t think of an organisation better suited to tackle this challenge."
He also took to Twitter to celebrate the move.
Meanwhile, Cisco has announced that it has acquired Piston, which offers a Cloud OS designed to ease the process of setting up framework and orchestration tools, including OpenStack, Hadoop, Spark, Docker Swarm and Mesos, on bare metal.
Cisco's head of business development, Hilton Romanski, said in a blog post that acquiring Piston will bring numerous benefits to Cisco and its customers.
"The acquisition of Piston will complement our Intercloud strategy by bringing additional operational experience on the underlying infrastructure that powers Cisco OpenStack Private Cloud," he said.
“Additionally, Piston’s deep knowledge of distributed systems and automated deployment will further enhance our delivery capabilities for customers and partners.”
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Romansk confirmed that Piston will become part of the Cloud Services team.
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