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Primeur weekly 2015-06-01

The Cloud

Registration opens for ISC Cloud & Big Data ...

EMC to acquire Virtustream ...

EuroFlash

Snapwallet: a safe photo service for smart phone ...

Dutch Government plans 135 million euro funding for supercomputers ...

Tackling the fastest and most powerful computing systems on the planet ...

Understanding and controlling the propagation of waves ...

USFlash

Lawrence Livermore breaks ground on unclassified supercomputing facility ...

Silicon Mechanics announces recipients of 4th Annual Research Cluster Grant ...

RAPTOR turbulent combustion code selected for next-gen supercomputer readiness project ...

Cavium announces collaboration with Pegatron on server platforms based on Cavium's ThunderX workload optimized processor family ...

Ohio State University researchers prove magnetism can control heat and sound ...

OLCF names CAAR projects at IDC HPC User Forum ...

Physicists solve quantum tunneling mystery ...

Using the forest to see the trees ...

Tsinghua University crowned champions of 2015 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge ...

OLCF shares Lustre knowledge at International Workshop ...

National Science Foundation extends the Kraken project ...

Woodside, Australia's largest independent oil and gas company, uses IBM Watson to enhance decision making and increase efficiencies ...

OLCF outreach projects garner awards ...

The first round of 2015 hackathons gets underway ...

Premier announces $21.6 million funding for Pawsey Supercomputing Centre ...

Fujitsu supports King Abdulaziz University research capabilities with new supercomputing system ...

Doctor Evidence brings valuable health data to IBM Watson ecosystem ...

SRC Computers launches Saturn 1 Server, the first reconfigurable hyperscale server ...

BG Brasil and Senai CIMATEC launch Latin America's fastest supercomputer ...

EMC to acquire Virtustream

26 May 2015 Hopkinton - EMC Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Virtustream. When the transaction closes, Virtustream will form EMC's new managed Cloud services business. The acquisition represents a transformational element of EMC's strategy to help customers move all applications to Cloud-based IT environments. With the addition of Virtustream, EMC completes the industry's most comprehensive hybrid Cloud portfolio to support all applications, all workloads and all Cloud models.

Virtustream CEO Rodney Rogers will report to Joe Tucci, EMC Chairman and CEO.

“Virtustream is an exceptional company and this is a critical and transformative acquisition for EMC in one of the industry's fastest-growing and most important sectors", stated Joe Tucci. “With Virtustream in place, EMC will be uniquely positioned as a single source for our customers' entire hybrid Cloud infrastructure and services needs. We could not be more delighted that Virtustream will be joining the EMC Federation family. It's a game changer."

One of the world's fastest-rising Cloud software and services companies, Virtustream is trusted by enterprises worldwide to migrate, run and manage mission-critical applications in the Cloud, including SAP. Virtustream customers include marquis enterprises such as the Coca-Cola Company, Domino Sugar, Heinz, Hess Corporation, Kawasaki, Lexmark, Scotts Miracle-Gro and a global footprint of service provider partners who use Virtustream software to power their Cloud offerings.

Virtustream's Cloud software and Infrastructure-as-a-Service portfolio will be delivered directly to customers and through partners. EMC Federation service provider partners will receive access to Virtustream's xStream Cloud management software platform and be enabled to adopt and deliver their own branded services based upon it.

Presently EMC provides the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution - an on-premise private Cloud offering that provides on-ramps to public cloud services such as VMware vCloud Air. Virtustream brings to the EMC portfolio a managed cloud software and services capability - whether on or off premise - which EMC also intends to incorporate into the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution. With the addition of Virtustream, EMC will enable customers to move their entire application portfolio into a Cloud environment.

Founded in 2009 by Rodney Rogers and president & CTO Kevin Reid, Virtustream delivers application lifecycle automation and orchestration with a particular focus on I/O-intensive mission-critical enterprise applications such as SAP S/4HANA and others. Virtustream's xStream platform is tightly integrated with VMware vSphere and architected to deliver service level agreements (SLAs) for not only infrastructure availability, but for application performance and transaction latency as well.

“Virtustream has established itself as an industry leader and innovator for running mission-critical enterprise applications in the Cloud", explained Rodney Rogers, Virtustream Chairman and CEO. "We're proud to be joining the EMC Federation where our combined capabilities, products and services will allow us to accelerate our vision of delivering the platform of record for enterprise systems, and address the complete breadth of cloud computing needs."

Virtustream's rapid rise to premier Cloud provider status is evidenced by Forrester ranking Virtustream as one of only two "Leaders" in the hosted private Cloud solutions market. Gartner has recognized Virtustream in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service - one of the few independent companies to reach this status worldwide in public cloud IaaS.

In addition, Virtustream integrates a comprehensive defense-in-depth security model and governance solution. This market-leading attribute is validated by Virtustream's highest ranking in the area of security and compliance in Gartner's "Critical Capabilities for Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service" report. Virtustream delivers its capabilities both as software for on-premise or service provider deployment and as the foundation of the company's IaaS solution.

The all-cash transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015, subject to customary closing conditions, is valued at approximately $1.2 billion, and has been approved by the boards of directors of both EMC and Virtustream and the requisite Virtustream stockholders. The transaction is expected to have no material impact to EMC financial results in 2015 and is expected to be additive to revenues and accretive to EPS in 2016.

David Goulden, Chief Executive Officer, EMC Information Infrastructure, stated: "As IT organisations race to keep pace with the demands of the modern and rapidly changing business, they need to leverage both private and public Clouds. The EMC Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution enables customers to deploy rapidly a hybrid Cloud that incorporates the best of both. Today's news completes the picture, culminating in what customers want most, a one-stop-shop experience for their entire hybrid Cloud needs."

Pat Gelsinger, Chief Executive Officer, VMware, stated: "This acquisition is great news for our customers, VMware and the EMC Federation of businesses. With the addition of Virtustream, we will be able to offer customers a comprehensive set of hybrid Cloud offerings, including private, managed and public Cloud solutions. As we deliver VMware vCloud Air to our customer base to help them continue their journey to the Cloud, Virtustream complements and expands our value proposition."

Bill McDermott, Chief Executive Officer, SAP, stated: "SAP has a long-term partnership with Virtustream to host mission-critical applications in the cloud. We are excited to see Virtustream become part of EMC. SAP will continue to serve as a partner with the new EMC managed Cloud services business and we remain ever committed to supporting the hybrid Cloud landscapes of shared customers around the world."

Don Whittington, VP & CIO, Florida Crystals Corporation, stated: "Virtustream has been a key strategic partner for us for the last 5 years and has had a material impact on our complex IT landscape and how we run our business. The coming together of Virtustream and EMC is a natural fit that offers great promise through their combined ability to address the wide spectrum of Cloud computing requirements."

Tom Frana, CEO, ViON, stated: "ViON leverages Virtustream's xStream software platform to provide secure Cloud solutions for federal government agencies. The combination of Virtustream's capabilities with EMC's robust security portfolio and comprehensive Cloud solutions will allow us to bring even more compelling services to market."

Gil Torquato, CEO, UOL Diveo, stated: "Both Virtustream and EMC are valued partners of UOL and are critical to our success in meeting the rapidly growing demand for enterprise-class Cloud solutions in Brazil. Virtustream becoming part of the EMC Federation pairs Virtustream's xStream Cloud management software with EMC's rich technology set for the delivery of market-leading, end-to-end Cloud solutions."
Source: EMC

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2015-06-01

The Cloud

Registration opens for ISC Cloud & Big Data ...

EMC to acquire Virtustream ...

EuroFlash

Snapwallet: a safe photo service for smart phone ...

Dutch Government plans 135 million euro funding for supercomputers ...

Tackling the fastest and most powerful computing systems on the planet ...

Understanding and controlling the propagation of waves ...

USFlash

Lawrence Livermore breaks ground on unclassified supercomputing facility ...

Silicon Mechanics announces recipients of 4th Annual Research Cluster Grant ...

RAPTOR turbulent combustion code selected for next-gen supercomputer readiness project ...

Cavium announces collaboration with Pegatron on server platforms based on Cavium's ThunderX workload optimized processor family ...

Ohio State University researchers prove magnetism can control heat and sound ...

OLCF names CAAR projects at IDC HPC User Forum ...

Physicists solve quantum tunneling mystery ...

Using the forest to see the trees ...

Tsinghua University crowned champions of 2015 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge ...

OLCF shares Lustre knowledge at International Workshop ...

National Science Foundation extends the Kraken project ...

Woodside, Australia's largest independent oil and gas company, uses IBM Watson to enhance decision making and increase efficiencies ...

OLCF outreach projects garner awards ...

The first round of 2015 hackathons gets underway ...

Premier announces $21.6 million funding for Pawsey Supercomputing Centre ...

Fujitsu supports King Abdulaziz University research capabilities with new supercomputing system ...

Doctor Evidence brings valuable health data to IBM Watson ecosystem ...

SRC Computers launches Saturn 1 Server, the first reconfigurable hyperscale server ...

BG Brasil and Senai CIMATEC launch Latin America's fastest supercomputer ...