Top Cloud Technology Acquisitions in 2018

Top Cloud Technology Acquisitions in 2018

Big tech giants have shown extensive interest in Cloud technologies in order to expand their existing markets, product offerings and to stay relevant in the future.

Here is the list of major cloud computing tech acquisitions noted in 2018.

1. Juniper Buys Multi-cloud vendor HTBASE

Juniper intends to bring multicloud storage capabilities from HTBASE's Juke platform to its Contrail Enterprise Multicloud and Contrail Edge Cloud. HTBASE has designed the Juke infrastructure platform layer of computing, networking, and storage across public and private clouds as well as the edge. The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018.

2. SAP acquired Qualtrics for $8 billion

SAP, the German enterprise software giant, acquired Qualtrics for $8 billion in November. Qualtrics was preparing for an IPO when this acquisition announced. SAP and Qualtrics to accelerate the new XM category by combining experience data and operational data to power the experience economy, according to the announcement.

3. HPE acquired Bluedata, to strengthen AI/ML deployment AS-A-SERVICE capabilities 

HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) has acquired BlueData, a company that uses Docker containers to deploy large-scale machine learning and big data analytics environments in a cost-effective way.
Santa Clara based BlueData was founded in 2012. HPE is planning to integrate BlueData’s software platform into its own software-defined infrastructure.

4. VMware Set To Take Over Heptio

VMware, recently bought Heptio, a company leading in the open Kubernetes ecosystem. However, the terms and conditions concerning the deal remain undisclosed. Heptio was founded just two years ago, in 2016, by Joe Beda and Craig McLuckie, who also happen to be the founders of the famous Kubernetes. The company has, since then, working on improving Kubernetes. Heptio has raised a total of $33.5M in funding. Their latest funding was raised on Sep 13, 2017, from a Series B round.

5. IBM acquired Red Hat For $34 Billion To Grow In Hybrid Cloud Market

Validating the excellent business case for OpenSource software companies, IBM has acquired Red Hat for USD $190.00 per share in cash leading to a total enterprise value of approximately $34 billion. The deal has positioned IBM as number #1 hybrid cloud provider in USD $1 trillion hybrid cloud market by 2020. Red Hat's community-powered approach to deliver reliable and high-performing Linux, hybrid cloud, container, and Kubernetes technologies made Red Hat world's leading provider of enterprise open source software solutions company. Red Hat has been a provider of a number one (#1) of an enterprise Linux operating system known as Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

6. Adobe acquired Marketo for $4.75 billion

Adobe bought Marketo, a marketing software company and plans to use Marketo's product for its Adobe Experience Cloud platform for direct-to-consumer marketing.

7.  Cisco bought Duo Security for $2.35 billion

Cisco acquired privately-held Duo Security. Cisco will pay $2.35 billion in cash and assumed equity awards for Duo Security’s outstanding shares, warrants and equity incentives on a fully-diluted basis. Duo security delivers unified access security and multi-factor authentication through the cloud by verifying the identity of users and the health of their devices before granting them access to applications.

8. Broadcom bought CA Technologies for $18.9 billion

Broadcom acquired enterprise software company CA Technologies for $18.9 billion in July. The acquisition's goal was to build one of the world’s leading infrastructure technology companies.

9. Microsoft bought GitHub for $7.5 billion

Microsoft bought the software development platform GitHub for $7.5 billion in stock in June.
GitHub is the world’s leading software development platform. Estimated 28 million active developers learn, share and collaborate on GitHub.

10. Salesforce bought Mulesoft for $6.5 billion

Salesforce acquired software company Mulesoft in a $6.5 billion in March. Mulesoft makes software that helps company stitch together a variety of cloud services. Salesforce will use Mulesoft's products to help customers sync data across apps located in different places, including various cloud services and on-premises data centers. MuleSoft will enable the new Salesforce Integration Cloud to derive intelligence from data regardless of where data resides e.g. on the cloud or on-premise data center.

Do you think we missed any major recent acquisitions in cloud tech? Do let us and everyone know in comments below.

Update: This article is updated to include Juniper's acquisition of HTBASE.


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