EMC buys three cloud companies

EMC added to its cloud portfolio with the acquisitions of Cloudscaling, Maginatics and Spanning.

EMC on Thursday rounded out its cloud stable with three acquisitions: Cloudscaling, Maginatics and Spanning.


The three companies each fill in key components in EMC's hybrid cloud strategy. Cloudscaling delivers OpenStack-based software for hybrid cloud deployments while Maginatics focuses on data mobility across services. Spanning provides app and data backup tools.

EMC's news comes as the company launched hybrid cloud services along with a platform to move workloads across on premises and public services.

Cloudscaling CEO Randy Bias and team will join EMC's emerging technologies division led by its President, CJ Desai. Maginatics CEO Amarjit Gil and Spanning CEO Jeff Erramouspe and teams will become part of EMC's core technology division.

Of the trio of acquisitions, Cloudscaling is the most notable. Cloudscaling provides OpenStack infrastructure as a service and gives EMC a boost in the cloud game. Cloudscaling will add another option for EMC customers to deploy OpenStack.

Maginatics bolsters EMC's cloud data protection tools and enables data movement with data deduplication, wide area networking optimization and multi-threading. EMC will absorb the company and its technology into its existing products.

Spanning will enable EMC to offer backup and recovery for cloud-first apps such as Google Apps, Salesforce and Microsoft Office 365 in the future.