Twitter acquiring scalable computation startup Ubalo

Summary:Twitter's latest acquisition turns the spotlight to the back-end infrastructure through a startup that tackles large-scale computing.

It's a busy day for mergers and acquisitions in the Bay Area today, and Twitter isn't going to be left out of the fray.

The microblogging site is turning its focus on more complex infrastructure issues with the acquisition of scalable computation startup Ubalo.

The Ubalo team confirmed the merger on its blog on Thursday, revealing only that Twitter agreed to acquire its technology and staff "a few days ago."

Financial terms of the deal have not been revealed.

Based in Palo Alto, Calif., Ubalo is touted to provide an easier method of handling large-scale computing.

The startup aims to do that through what it dubs "pods," which are touted to contain the code, data, and any files necessary to run an application all tied up nicely together in one virtual software package.

The Ubalo team is responsible for all other details about running and distributing pods across its cluster, which relies upon Unix technology to be isolated (and secured away) from other pods.

It's not immediately clear how Ubalo will fit in at Twitter, but it's likely going to have to do with data analytics based on this snippet from Ubalo's website about its platform:

We hide the details of the computers, environments, and messaging, so our users can worry much less about integration and scaling and instead write just the code they need for their analysis or processing.

Twitter's news follows up earlier acquisition announcements from Box , Facebook , and a few from Yahoo. Not to mention Microsoft could be mulling a $1 billion deal to acquire the Nook brand from Barnes & Noble.

via TechCrunch

Topics: Developer, Enterprise Software, Social Enterprise, Start-Ups


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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