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Yesterday, Dell announced the largest technology M&A in history with a proposed $67B buyout of EMC and VMware (via EMC’s 80% ownership of VMW). The combined company will have over $80B in revenue, employ tens of thousands of people around the world and sell everything from PCs, servers & storage to security software and virtualization software. Not to be overlooked is the fact that Dell and EMC will be private companies and free from the scrutiny of activist investors. Dell has to borrow a ton of money to make this deal, like $40B debt. The annual interest payment will be $2.5B! This deal has three entities – Michael Dell’s own investment, Silverlake Partners, and Singapore based Tomasek. On paper this seems like the two companies bring complimentary values – Dell sells to small to medium size companies and EMC addresses the larger enterprise needs. The big attract... (more)

HP, Sun, Dell, and Microsoft Are Among Cloud Computing's Losers -Stanek

Roman Stanek, during his opening keynote at the Cloud Expo Europe in Prague today, said "Big server vendors such as HP, Sun, Dell, Microsoft, as well as monolithic app providers will be among the losers of the Cloud Computing revolution, while innovation, SMBs, and the little guys will be the winners of the Cloud." VIEW STANEK'S KEYNOTE HERE In his presentation, titled: "Building Great Companies in the Cloud," Stanek - a technology visionary who has spent the past fifteen years building world-class technology companies - talked about what it means to be 'born on the cloud.' Specifically he shared with delegates his thoughts on how to use cloud computing as a technical design center; how to take advantage of the economics of cloud computing in building and operating cloud services; how to dramatically change customer adoption; and how to plan for the technical and ... (more)

Cloud Viewed as Fed's Answer to Big Data Needs

Cloud computing is steadily working its way into the U.S. federal government, potentially simplifying access to information for the public, but also creating some consternation over who ultimately controls that data. Some federal agency managers are reluctant to hand over their data to cloud computing providers, for fear of diminished security or potential hassles should they need to switch vendors, according to an article on FederalTimes.com. But the government's growing appetite for collecting information is forcing agencies to consider the promised benefits of cloud computing, such as storing and managing their data for less money and the ability to access data from any device over the Internet. The latter is a major tenet of the Obama administration's push to make more data accessible to the public, and to increase productivity by allowing employees to access sy... (more)

What About SDN?

With SDN top of mind (or at least top of news feeds) of late, it's natural to wonder how F5's architecture, Synthesis, relates to SDN. You may recall that SDN -or something like it - was inevitable due to increasing pressure on IT to improve service velocity in the network to match that of development (agile) and operations (devops). The "network" really had no equivalent, until SDN came along. But SDN did not - and still does not - address service velocity at layers 4-7. The application layers where application services like load balancing, acceleration, access and identity (you know, all the services F5 platforms are known for providing) live. This is not because SDN architectures don't want to provide those services, it's because technically they can't. They're impeded from doing so because the network is naturally bifurcated. There's actually two networks in the... (more)

Katrina: "Americans Are Known for Their Strength, Fortitude, and Generosity" Says Michael Dell

"We encourage people in the U.S. and everywhere to give with their hearts, reach out to these victims, and donate what they can to the relief efforts," said Michael and Susan Dell, co-founders of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, as they yesterday announced a $5M million pledge to the relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina. The pledge, which will be paid out through the couple's family foundation, MSDF, serves to support the victims of the devastation and encourage others to give to the relief efforts. In all, 90,000 square miles have been declared a federal disaster area in the Gulf States, which were hit by Hurricane Katrina earlier this week. The hurricane that ravaged the land has also devastated families who have lost their homes, schools, and places of work and worship. "Our support goes out to the families affected by Hurricane Katrina," said Susan Dell, co-... (more)

Behind the Scenes, SANta Claus Global Cloud Story

Cloud Expo New York There is a ton of discussion, stories, articles, videos, conferences and blogs about the benefits and value proposition of cloud computing. Not to mention, discussion or debates about what is or what is not a cloud or cloud product, service or architecture including some perspectives and polls from me. [Santa Photo Via ABC news] Now SANta does not really care about these and other similar debates I have learned. However he is concerned with who has been naughty and nice as well watching out for impersonators or members of his crew who misbehave. In the spirit of the holidays, how about a quick look at how SANta leverages cloud technologies to support his global operations. Many in IT think that SANta bases his operations out of the North Pole as it is convenient for him to cool all of his servers, storage, networks and telecom equipment (which ... (more)

Cloud Computing: Price for 3PAR Goes to $33 a Share

HP has upped its $30-a-share bid for 3PAR last Friday to $33 a share, pushing 3PAR's valuation past $2 billion to about $2.1 billion. 3PAR sent out a statement Thursday morning saying that Dell went to $32 before the three-day clock ran out on it Wednesday at midnight, and HP countered with $33. The 3PAR board has recognized HP's revised $33 bid as the "superior proposal" and says it has again told Dell it'll go with HP unless Dell puts more money on the table. Dell has three business days to better HP's bid under the perpetual matching rights clause in their original deal. 3PAR said that when Dell went from $27 a share to $32 a share its revised proposal included a termination fee of $92 million, $20 million more than the termination fee it negotiated last week, as well as a multi-year reseller agreement that HP would be saddled with that 3PAR says "contained fixed... (more)

Court OKs Dell Stock Fraud Fines

A district court judge Wednesday approved Dell's $100 million settlement with SEC for inflating its earnings. That means that Michael Dell and ex-Dell CEO Kevin Rollins will also be writing personal checks for $4 million each to cover the fines they agreed to pay because they never told investors how dependent the company was on Intel's bluebird loyalty payments for not using AMD to get it over the quarterly earnings hump from 2001 to 2006. Former CFO James Schneider is down for a fine of $3 million; the SEC wants nothing to do with him for the next five years. The Intel business and the $100 million for jigging the books are two separate things. And HP fired Mark Hurd for allegedly messing up his expense account. Michael had to appear in court to assure the judge Dell was reformed. But it's also got a lot of watchers now just in case. ... (more)

Dell Boomi Named “Silver Sponsor” of Cloud Expo 2011 New York

Cloud Expo New York $500 Savings here! SYS-CON Events announced today that Dell Boomi, the market-leading provider of on-demand integration technology, has been named "Silver Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 8th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6-9, 2011, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Dell Boomi is the market-leading provider of on-demand integration technology and the creator of AtomSphere, the industry's #1 Integration Cloud. AtomSphere connects providers and customers of SaaS, cloud and on-premise applications via a pure SaaS integration platform that does not require software or appliances. ISVs and businesses alike benefit by connecting to the industry's largest network of SaaS, PaaS, on-premise and cloud computing environments in a seamless and fully self-service model. Del... (more)

Cloud Expo 2011 New York: Operationalize Integration Strategies for ISVs

Cloud Expo 2011 New York $800 Savings here! Analysts frequently cite integration as the #1 obstacle faced by Cloud and SaaS providers, as buyers are no longer willing to bear the burden of the extensive development resources required to integrate to your application. Successful ISV integration strategies require collaboration across the organization, from sales to support, to fully understand customer requirements and manage expectations. In this session at the 8th International Cloud Expo, Rick Nucci, Co-Founder and CTO of Boomi, will cover "Best Practices" for ISVs to deploying integration strategies. Co-presenting will be Amelia Ross, an experienced Product Executive from Aprimo, who will share lessons learned from deploying an integration strategy across her company from sales to support, demonstrating proven results including shorter sales cycles, accelerated ... (more)

Taking the Evolutionary Approach to Cloud at Cloud Expo 2011 New York

Cloud Expo 2011 New York $500 Savings here! Cloud adopters can either take an evolutionary and revolutionary path to cloud. In his session at the 8th International Cloud Expo, Pranay Prakesh will discuss the use cases for taking the evolutionary path to cloud, success factors and outcomes. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Javits Center is getting ready for Cloud Expo in Manhattan Speaker Bio: Pranay Prakesh works at Dell. A Rock Star Faculty, Top Keynotes, Sessions, and Top Delegates! Cloud Expo 2011 New York, June 6-9, 2011, at the Javits Center, New York City, New York, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading Cloud industry players in the world. The growth and success of Cloud Computing will be on display at the upcoming Cloud Expo conferences and exhibitions in New York, June 6-9, and in Santa Cl... (more)