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HP Announces Intent to Acquire Network Virtualization Business and Technology of Shunra 

In a quiet blog post on the evening of March 4, 2014, HP announced that it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire the network virtualization business and technology of Shunra, a current HP partner.
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Since early 2009, Citrix and VMLogix have partnered to include the VMLogix products with Citrix Essentials for the virtual lab component. This acquisition by Citrix will apply virtualization technology throughout the IT organization in a hypervisor neutral environment.

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HP’s acquisition of Fortify Software is not unexpected. The two companies have been working collaboratively for the past 12 months. HP is using this acquisition to differentiate its application lifecycle solution in the market and deliver integrated solutions to the developer audience.

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Proposed Oracle Acquisition of Sun:  IBM Stole the Thunder

The purchase of Sun by Oracle for $7.4 billion has far less industry buzz and excitement than the rumored acquisition of Sun by IBM. 

IBM stole the thunder and the impending acquisition of Sun became an imminent and expected event.  While hardware overlap existed in the IBM deal, IBM would have provided a much needed home for Sun’s software assets.  Software giant Oracle lacks a hardware portfolio, so the key Oracle / Sun overlaps are far fewer except for the $1 billion acquisition of MySQL by Sun in 2008.  Given Oracle’s tendency to be proprietary in its markets, ownership of MySQL by Oracle would be perceived as a great risk in the open source community.  (Register or Login to Read More)


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The purchase of Sun Microsystems by IBM would be a win for IBM.

Sun has been in a holding pattern since the dot com implosion.  And, while Sun positioned themselves as “the dot in the dot com”, that was the last innovation we have seen come from Sun.

Sun, while it once had very competitive hardware, had no idea how to productize and implement effective software products.  Sun works on the assumption that all software must lead to Sun server sales – definitely a flawed idea that was proven wrong numerous times.  Sun also was never able to quite grasp the idea of high volume and low margin sales.  Sun continued on in its technology efforts like it was 1988.

IBM has clearly demonstrated that it is more than capable of:

  • Being a hardware company
  • Running an effective and profitable professional services business
  • Managing a growing and diverse software portfolio
  • Delighting and maintaining its customer base

IBM has also managed many acquisitions and always seems to find something in an acquisition worthy of continuing on with the IBM brand.

The potential of a Sun acquisition by IBM makes sense.  IBM is a world class business organization and will be able to make business sense out of Sun’s academic assets.


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We started the year with the New England Patriots posting an undefeated regular season record of 16 – 0.  It appeared to be conclusive; the Patriots would win the Super Bowl – not so fast – the wild card New York Giants made an unpredictable and disruptive move by narrowly defeating the favored Patriots.  It was inevitable that the Patriots lose at some point in the season, it just happened to be the last and most important game.

In July, the greatest sporting event, the Tour de France departed with no defending champion for the second consecutive year!  Team Astana, with two of the three podium finishers of the 2007 race appeared to have very good odds of gaining one of the top three spots again.  Surprise! Team Astana was banned and Team CSC with Carlos Sastre and company rode to an unpredictable and disruptive victory.  It was inevitable that the Tour de France could not escape controversy.

Disruption and unpredictability seem to be the prevailing themes for 2008. In a year when radical and unexpected occurrences were commonplace, should technology be any different?  Let’s take a look at the big issues that may have shocked us, but in reality, were inevitable...


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Black Duck Software has been revolutionizing the world of software intellectual property since its founding in 2002.  Koders is the first acquisition by Black Duck and is indicative of the market demand to grow and expand the footprint of the products and services offered by Black Duck.


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Oracle’s intent to acquire the e-TEST Suite assets from independent application and network equipment testing vendor Empirix is a complementary move and converts to a win / win for both companies.


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The HP acquisition of SPI Dynamics is a long awaited first indication that signals HP may actually understand the importance of the application testing business acquired via Mercury. This is an important acknowledgement of the testing customer base by HP, a base previously overlooked in HP’s plans for the former Mercury.

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The acquisition of Telelogic further enhances IBM’s view of the application lifecycle. The Telelogic acquisition takes IBM well beyond the traditional enterprise lifecycle and places them squarely into the emerging and strategic systems or embedded software market.

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The IBM acquisition of Watchfire Corporation makes IBM the first core application lifecycle vendor to demonstrate its willingness and commitment to solve the problem of application security. This is a win/win acquisition for customers as well as the application security market. This acquisition cements the role of application security and compliance in the well defined lifecycle.

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The acquisition of Mercury by HP is completed.  The industry has lost an independent software company to a mega-vendor.  It is unclear to the market what HP’s intentions are for the Mercury product line.  In a highly competitive enterprise software application lifecycle market, HP does not have the luxury of time to slowly reveal their plans for the Mercury product line.  

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Read the first industry analysis of HP’s acquisition of Mercury.  Given the purchase price is astronomically high one has to wonder what other companies were in the bidding war for Mercury and is Compuware the next independent software company to fall?

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From a benefits perspective, lifecycle virtualization technologies deliver a quick and measurable economic impact, just as server virtualization has for the datacenter. Lifecycle virtualization includes the technology of virtual and cloud-based labs.

Virtual and cloud-based labs enable development and QA to access production equivalent environments on-demand, anytime and anywhere.

Virtual and cloud-based lab technology is a must-have for enterprises of all types and sizes to help reduce overall software cycle times and create an optimized environment for development and testing activities.

This Market Snapshot report provides real-world data to help organizations justify the investment in virtual and cloud-based labs.

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Is your organization preparing to evaluate, investigate, and adopt a service virtualization solution? Download voke’s 2012 Market Snapshot Report to get the latest insights on how service virtualization is meeting its promise to deliver more predictable, effective, and efficient business outcomes.

Market Snapshot Report highlights: 

  • The need, use, benefits, challenges, and ROI of service virtualization based on voke’s interviews with participants from diverse organizations, market segments, geographies, and roles. 
  • The key justification, business case, and rationale used by other software development and testing professionals to get management approval for purchasing a service virtualization solution.
  • Primary vendors offering service virtualization solutions — CA Technologies, HP, IBM, and Parasoft.
  • The critical assessment questions you need to ask about your organization before implementing a service virtualization solution.

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This report highlights eight key factors that are driving innovation in the testing market, including mobility, the cloud, embedded software, development testing, infrastructure test optimization (ITO) and lifecycle virtualization.

Organizations can no longer dictate where, when, or how software is used. Workers are mobile, customers are global, and every individual has a preference as to how they want to consume software. Testers must be able to plan for and execute as many combinations and permutations of software and hardware as possible to predict the outcome of software usage. Testing professionals are now in the strategic role of customer advocate and help deliver higher quality software throughout the enterprise by placing a laser focus on assessing the risk associated with every piece of software.

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Read detailed analysis of the following market moving vendors:

  • Coverity
  • Electric Cloud
  • Experitest
  • HP
  • IBM
  • Keynote DeviceAnywhere
  • Micro Focus
  • Microsoft
  • Parasoft
  • Perfecto Mobile
  • QMetry
  • QualiSystems
  • Replay Solutions
  • SmartBear
  • SOASTA
  • Spirent
  • TRICENTIS
  • Wind River
  • ZAP technologies.com

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The application lifecycle is an integral part of today’s business.  Regardless of core competencies, all organizations are driven by software that is created and customized to deliver a competitive advantage. The application lifecycle is now a strategic part of business.

This document examines the evolution of the application lifecycle and the importance of the core vendors in providing a sound foundation upon which to continue to build and define the application lifecycle.

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Make no mistake, the application lifecycle market is real, in turmoil, and critical to the success of every enterprise - globally.  Without the products and solutions being offered in the application lifecycle market, enterprise IT organizations are relegated to technology controlling their destiny.  The practice of allowing technology to control the destiny of business is fraught with peril.  True focus on the application lifecycle and its integrated roles, responsibilities, and technology will continue to evolve and support the business. The application lifecycle ecosystem catalogs and analyzes the software suppliers in the market.  Use this document as a way to evaluate potential partners for your own application lifecycle ecosystem.  This document is virtual and updates are triggered by market events.  Suppliers to the ecosystem will be added on a regular basis. Version 1.5 continues to build out the Application Lifecycle Continuum with Empirix placed in the “Contender” position.

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Make no mistake, the application lifecycle market is real, in turmoil, and critical to the success of every enterprise - globally.  Without the products and solutions being offered in the application lifecycle market, enterprise IT organizations are relegated to technology controlling their destiny.  The practice of allowing technology to control the destiny of business is fraught with peril.  True focus on the application lifecycle and its integrated roles, responsibilities, and technology will continue to evolve and support the business. The application lifecycle ecosystem catalogs and analyzes the software suppliers in the market.  Use this document as a way to evaluate potential partners for your own application lifecycle ecosystem.  This document is virtual and updates are triggered by market events.  Suppliers to the ecosystem will be added on a regular basis.

Tag Results for Acquisitions — Podcasts

 
Dave Rubinstein chats with voke principal analyst Theresa Lanowitz about this week's Tech-Ed and next week's IBM Rational Conference on this edition of "Week in Review."

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Today, Microsoft put in an unexpected bid of $44.6B to acquire internet pioneer Yahoo!

This is indicative of Microsoft, the pioneer in PC software making a move to stay relevant. Microsoft is the quintessential software company. With its franchise business of Windows being challenged by technologies such as virtualization and Microsoft’s own insular view of how people want to work and connect Microsoft is attempting to modernize itself with this move.

The problem with the Microsoft bid for Yahoo! is that Microsoft’s DNA is bound in a bits in a box, ownership of the stack, shrink wrap mentality. This DNA is what made Microsoft successful and dominant. However, the game of the 21st century is around connection, communication, and collaboration in a mobile environment.

Will Yahoo! accept the tempting offer? Will Microsoft take over one of the internet pioneers, dramatically change their business model, and attempt to compete with Google? What happens to the famous Yahoo! brand? Stay tuned…

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And as Davy Jones of the Monkees once said “I’m a believer!”

Do you too want to be a believer? Don’t “monkee” around, learn more about the application lifecycle 2.0 by joining me in an MKS sponsored webinar: “Begin With the End in Mind” on August 28 at 11AM Eastern / 8AM Pacific. Register here...
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The big news today was the Citrix acquisition of open source virtualization company XenSource. I have commented many times in the past year about the future I think virtualization has and how it will be one of the defining technologies of the 21st century.

So, here is my philosophy on the acquisition….one if you are inclined to be a geek and another if you fancy yourself more of a business person. Either way, the net / net of this is virtualization is real and coming to an enterprise near you...

 
Early June 2007…The IBM/Rational Software Developer Conference or RSDC for those in the know kicked off with two major acquisition announcements...

 
According to the Gregorian calendar, the December 21 equinox is rapidly approaching and consequently so is the end of the year 2006.

It seems fitting that as we phase out of our last 365 and in to our next 365 we should pause to remember the good and not so good. So, here is our interpretation of 2006...

Since I am in Los Angeles this week, I am in a Dragnet kind of a mood, and as Sgt. Joe Friday would say – “All we know are the facts, ma'am"

The facts are:
• The HP acquisition of Mercury is completed
• The cost to HP $4.5 billion in cash
• The acquisition was announced on July 25, 2006
• The acquisition was closed on November 7, 2006

All we know are the facts – all we know for certain...

 
The final (assuming the HP acquisition of Mercury closes) Mercury World was held in Las Vegas, Nevada the week of October 9, 2006. Captain Mercury had one last hurrah - I am sure many of you remember Captain Mercury, the superhero of load testing! ...

 
That is what HP (NYSE: HPQ) has ahead of themselves as they announce their bid of $52 per share or $4.5 billion to acquire Mercury Interactive Corporation (OTC: MERQ)...

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Tag Results for Acquisitions — Recognition

 

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is in the Pivotal band of the voke Market Mover Array chart. HP’s position shows it is strong in both market leadership and technology. HP has continued to show progress and commitment to the application lifecycle market through its acquisition and partnering strategies. HP’s acquisition of Mercury in November 2006 has allowed the vendor to catapult its application lifecycle status to a higher level. The Mercury acquisition with market leading quality assurance offerings gave HP a core competency to work with as the vendor navigated the application lifecycle path.

HP is working to prove itself as an enterprise-worthy partner in the application lifecycle market. Its partnerships and acquisitions have proven to be strategic over the past 24 months. Watch for HP to deliver more value through organic growth of its offerings.