EMC snaps up OpenStack start-up Cloudscaling

EMC is to acquire a key OpenStack player, Cloudscaling, which offers private cloud enterprise customers compatibility with Amazon's public cloud.
Written by Liam Tung, Contributing Writer

Data storage firm EMC is acquiring OpenStack-focused cloud management startup Cloudscaling, according to Bloomberg.

The acquisition is said to be for less than $50m, according to Bloomberg, citing sources familiar with the deal.

"To further extend our breadth of cloud platform support, including VMware and others, EMC has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Cloudscaling. Tune into our October 28th cloud launch event for details," EMC said.

Cloudscaling provides an OpenStack-based OS to manage compute, storage and networking in OpenStack private cloud environments and is aiming to make the platform more suitable for enterprise deployments. The company also provides tools to bridge workloads across private and public clouds, such as Amazon Web Services and Google Compute Engine.

OpenStack is developed and supported by most of the large players in computing, notably HP, Rackspace, RedHat and IBM, but also EMC and its virtualisation company VMware.

EMC is juggling a number of cloud initiatives, including the EMC-VMware spin-off, Pivotal, made up of the pair's big data and cloud assets. Pivotal wants to offer enterprise customers the same analytics and big data capabilities enjoyed by cloud giants, like Amazon, Google and Facebook, though in a private cloud that meets enterprise needs.

Founded in 2006, Cloudscaling raised $10m last May in a Series B round from Trinity, Juniper Networks and Seagate. 

The deal follows HP's acquisition last month of Eucalyptus, notable not a OpenStack contributor, but a company that could offer HP's OpenStack-based Helion better compatibility with AWS. That deal was quickly followed by Cisco's own move on OpenStack with the acquisition of Metacloud.

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