HPE offloads software arm to Micro Focus in $8.8 billion ‘spin-merge’

Hewlett Packard Enterprise will spin off and merge what it considers its non-core software assets with U.K.-based enterprise software firm Micro Focus in a deal worth $ 8.8 billion, the company said Wednesday.

Included in the bundle being offloaded are HPE’s businesses focusing on application delivery management, big data, enterprise security, information management and governance, and IT operations management. Combined with Micro Focus, which acquired Attachmate in 2014 and owns Linux company SUSE, it will create one of the world’s largest pure-play software companies, HPE said, with a combined sales force of about 4,000 people.

Among the terms of the deal are a $ 2.5 billion cash payment to HPE and 50.1 percent ownership of the new combined company by HPE shareholders. HPE declined to specify what the staffing impact would be. The combined company will be led by Kevin Loosemore, executive chairman of Micro Focus, and the deal is expected to close by the second half of HPE’s fiscal year 2017.

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Unsurprisingly, Dropbox to shutter Mailbox and Carousel, focus on businesses

Dropbox has abandoned its efforts to take over your smartphone. The company announced today that it will shutter two applications, Mailbox and Carousel, in 2016 as a result of its new focus on helping workers collaborate with each other. But it’s hard to see how chasing business workers instead of targeting consumers will change Dropbox’s core problem: That it remains a feature convinced it was a product, then a startup, and then a company that’s raised more than $ 1 billion.

This isn’t a new argument. People have been saying that Dropbox is a feature instead of a product almost since the company’s file storage service first debuted. There’s no denying the convenience afforded by that service. Being able to trust that files would appear on multiple devices, or on the Web, without having to carry around a bunch of flash drives filled with important documents was huge. But was it a strong enough lodestone for a billion-dollar company to be built on?

In December 2009, Steve Jobs warned Dropbox co-founders Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi that Apple would compete with their service if they declined an acquisition offer. He kept that promise. Apple released iCloud in 2011. Google followed it with Google Drive in 2012. Microsoft introduced several cloud tools. And other companies like SpiderOak, Box, and Amazon introduced tools that either competed indirectly with Dropbox or operated on a much different scale.

Dropbox’s core feature is still as amazing as it was a few years ago. It’s just that no-one can purchase a smartphone, tablet, or laptop without being prompted to use a competitive service. Using an iPhone? Set up iCloud. Created a Google account because of that new Android tablet? Use Google Drive. Replacing that Windows ME-running hunk of plastic with a newer PC? Here, try OneDrive. People can use sync services without ever having to know that Dropbox exists.

The same is true of the services being shuttered. Mailbox was ahead of its time: I remember downloading the app, swiping through my inbox, and wondering how I could ever live with another email app. But then it languished, seemed to be ridden with bugs that were never fixed, and I switched to Gmail’s official app. Other companies improved their email apps all the while, with Apple updating Mail, Gmail tinkering with Inbox, and Microsoft debuting a brand-new Outlook.

Carousel also worked fine. But that was exactly the problem — it was just fine. All the cloud services that Dropbox competes with for file synchronization also offer photo storage services. Products like Google’s new (and popular) Photos service takes it a step further by automatically sorting images and generating montages. Carousel doesn’t do anything that iCloud, Photos, and other services don’t do. So why bother setting up a service that can, and now will, disappear any moment?

Now, Dropbox will focus on its business customers. That begins with services like Paper, a collaborative writing app, and new-yet-boring features like PDF-editing. Are either of those going to be enough to convince businesses to choose Dropbox over competitive services that do the same things? (There are many, like Google Docs and the Microsoft Office suite, for starters.) The company seems to think that focusing on these apps and shuttering its consumer products might help.

No matter what happens, you have to give Dropbox credit. It survived after Jobs warned it about its prospects in 2009. Then, when Farhad Manjoo wrote in 2012 that Jobs was right, Dropbox kept moving along. Now, three years after that, the company is in the same position. Critics keep saying it’s a feature, and Dropbox keeps proving them wrong — or delaying the inevitable. The question is which.

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IT pros should focus on largest public cloud providers

The cloud has seen massive rates of adoption among IT professionals this year, and it will spread even deeper into entrenched industries over the next 16 months, according to a new report from Forrester Research. Despite ongoing consolidation, the research firm reports that the cloud vendor landscape is too crowded and IT professionals should increasingly hedge their bets on major public cloud providers such as Amazon, IBM and Microsoft.

CIOs and IT leaders should be wary of small, specialized players due to their narrow focus and the increased risks these companies carry around longevity and security, Forrester reports. The market research firm predicts there will be a significant decline in the number of players providing infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud services and management software by the end of 2016.

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Cisco New Intercloud Services Focus on Next Generation Internet of Things Market

Cisco Intercloud1 300x183 Cisco New Intercloud Services Focus on Next Generation Internet of Things MarketThe initiative of Cisco Intercloud, a worldwide network consisting of interconnected clouds that the corporation is building along with its partners, has grown now. The networking giant announced significant developments in the Intercloud initiative, which aims to connect the hybrid cloud to being part of a large available and accessible network from anywhere.

During this year’s Cisco Live! and media level, the Intercloud initiative has been overtaken undoubtedly the concept of Internet of Everything. However, for the manufacturer it is a vital part of the technology that will develop the connection of all things, data collection, and processing.

Cisco also announced the addition of 35 new members to accelerate the creation of innovative cloud-based services through three fundamental areas -Platforms development of next-generation analytics and big data and cloud services for the Internet of Everything. The company has also optimized its Cisco Intercloud Fabric solution with new security features, support management in clouds and additional hypervisor. These innovations further eliminate the complexity of hybrid cloud providing flexible movement of workloads and maintaining security policies and network environments through public and private cloud.

Cloud services for the Internet of Things

Cisco and its partners offer organizations’ cloud services and next-generation applications through the Cisco Intercloud Marketplace, a global market focused on partners that Cisco plans to open this fall. Developers are going to rely on the Cloud for development environments/test to create and distribute applications in production. Cisco announced its collaboration with various companies developing and delivering business applications such as Apprenda, Active State and Docker for innovative development environments.

Cisco is also expanding its participation in major open source development communities such as Cloud Foundry, OpenShift, and kubernetes, and is now building an integrated suite to help developers design micro-container based services tools.

Organizations are demanding new ways to manage the exponential growth of data and the ability to obtain real-time analysis. To meet this need, Cisco collaborates with leading Big Data solutions such as MapR, Hortonworks, Cloudera and Apache Hadoop community. Working with these partners, Cisco safely extends Hadoop solutions on-premise to the cloud and provide a true hybrid deployment. It is also providing end customers to maintain the same policies, control and security in their Big Data implementations, as well as greater flexibility and an unlimited virtual scalability.

In addition to developing platforms and powerful features of Big Data and analytics necessary to the IEA, Cisco started providing APIs to the development community to ensure functionality control, performance and security from the data center to the device.

As part of this framework, Cisco will expose APIs for application developers to allow network monitoring, performance and security to be delivered from the data center to the device. It will also be offering vital services such as data virtualization, Energywise, and Cisco Exchange Platform Services through Intercloud.

Cisco says that by 2020 there will be over 50 billion devices connected to the Internet. Cisco is working on a number of fronts to turn IoT’s many, many possibilities into reality. Cisco’s strategy to invest in solutions of hybrid data centers, including Intercloud and fog computing to create an optimized IoT infrastructure.


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