Samsung has acquired US cloud firm Joyent, adding a robust resource in infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, scalable object storage and virtualisation to its technology base.
The Korean firm said that Joyent brings "an experienced management team with deep domain expertise and a robust cloud technology validated by some of the largest Fortune 500 customers".
In return, Joyent identified the chance to expand its reach through Samsung. "Until today, we lacked one thing: the scale required to compete effectively in the large, rapidly growing and fiercely competitive cloud computing market," wrote Joyent CEO Scott Hammond in a blog post.
Samsung will provide Joyent with the scale it needs, according to Hammond, becoming an "anchor tenant" for Triton, Joyent's converged data centre infrastructure and container solution, and its Manta object storage service.
"As a result of this acquisition, Samsung will become an anchor tenant for Joyent's Triton and Manta solutions, and will help fuel the growth of our team and the expansion of our worldwide data centre footprint," said Hammond.
Joyent was founded in 2004 by Canadian entrepreneur Dean Allen and helped to finance and develop the Node.js open source cross-platform runtime environment for server-side web applications.
Hammond, along with Joyent CTO Bryan Cantrill and VP of product Bill Fine, will join Samsung to work on "company-wide cloud initiatives".
The obvious potential impact of this acquisition for Samsung and its customers is the further development of the firm's mobile and IoT services.
Samsung acquired automation and IoT firm SmartThings in 2014 for $200m, and launched subsequent IoT platforms, and is clearly serious about claiming the top spot as mobile opens out into the big data and analytics-driven future.
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