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EMC Acquires 3 Cloud Companies, Unveils Hybrid Solution

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Storage behemoth EMC announced the acquisition of three cloud companies on Tuesday that it says will extend the reach of EMC’s hybrid cloud vision across cloud infrastructure, storage and data protection.

The acquired companies are:

  • Cloudscaling, a provider of OpenStack Powered Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) for private and hybrid cloud solutions;
  • Maginatics, a cloud technology provider offering a global namespace accessible from any device or location, unlocking enterprise hybrid cloud choice and flexibility for EMC customers and partners through interfaces into a variety of private and public clouds; and
  • Spanning, a provider of subscription-based backup and recovery for “born in the cloud” applications and data.

With the acquisitions, EMC says it has broadened its cloud capabilities on three key dimensions: the ability to offer customers hybrid cloud solutions based on OpenStack technology, cloud choice with data mobility across multiple clouds, and new protection capabilities for “born in the cloud” applications and data.

“What we have here is a trifecta of customer choice for hybrid cloud environments,” said David Goulden, CEO of EMC Information Infrastructure. “Each company offers unique technology for delivering cloud abstraction and flexibility for customers. Together with the new EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC customers and partners are better positioned than ever to capitalize on the promise of hybrid clouds and deliver the agility of IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) that their businesses require.”

That new hybrid cloud solution, also announced on Tuesday, is designed to integrate hardware, software and services from EMC and VMware to unite the strengths of private and public cloud. The EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution enables ITaaS in as few as 28 days. Organizations no longer will have to make tradeoffs between the speed and agility of public cloud services and the control and security of private cloud infrastructure, EMC said.

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