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Dubai is to invest AED4.5bn ($1.22bn) over five years in its Internet and media free zones, which will help fund technology laboratories, smart buildings, business incubators and financial funds.
The announcement, by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was to mark the 15th anniversary of Dubai Internet City.
The AED4.5bn investment will include 10m square feet of space for innovation, the official state news agency WAM reported.
“Dubai Internet City has supported the transformation of our national economy into a knowledge economy. We have kept pace with great changes in technology. Now the time has come for Internet City to become a creator of change,” Sheikh Mohammed said.
“The future will belong to those who dare to take new paths. Recently we announced a national vision and a strategic plan on innovation, because this is how we will unlock added value for our nation. Today we announce a new bundle of initiatives that will make us the innovation capital for more than 2bn people who live in the region around us,” he added.
The plan aims to boost the number of companies in the content, knowledge, technology, education, development and research sectors to 10,000 and to grow the number of people employed in these areas to 100,000.
Sheikh Mohammed also called on the private sector to contribute more to establishing the UAE as a destination and capital for innovation.
“Our innovation facilities will soon open their doors to… talented pioneers, whether they are from the UAE, from the Arab world, or any other nation around the globe. We will connect them with opportunity in the smartest innovation environment in the world,” he said.
Dubai Internet City and Dubai Media City are home to nine specialised business districts within six key sectors: information technology, communication, media, education, biosciences and content.
Criminals are using Gumtree to target consumers, it has been revealed
Site does not require users to register or provide their name and address
This means fraudsters can remain anonymous while preying on victims
Comes after young mother tried to sell her four-month-old baby online
Police receive 250 crime and fraud allegations a week connected to the online ‘small ads’ service Gumtree.
After a young mother tried to sell her four-month-old baby on the website, it has now emerged that criminals are using Gumtree to target consumers.
Many people turned to the site to find bargain Christmas presents and January is expected to see a surge in people using it to sell unwanted gifts.
But there are concerns that eBay-owned Gumtree does not require users to register or provide their name and address, allowing fraudsters to remain anonymous while preying on innocent victims.
It was revealed in Saturday’s Daily Mail that a 20-year-old woman had tried to sell her son on Gumtree for £150,000. But growing evidence from court cases and police reports shows criminals use the site to:
- Turn stolen items into cash
- Target people for robbery if they are selling high value items
- Tempt people to locations to buy or sell things, then rob them
- Con people into paying via bank transfer but never deliver items
- Trick people into paying rent deposits on flats which do not belong to them
- Find vulnerable women to sexually assault
The company reports such crimes to the National Fraud Authority, which generates a crime reference number.
But Gumtree then uses the Data Protection Act to refuse to provide the victim with any details.
In theory, the National Fraud Authority vets the reports and passes details to police for investigation. But three in four victims never hear from the police.
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau said there were 19,530 reports of fraud and cyber-crime in October alone.
More than one in 20, 997, had a link to Gumtree – 249 a week or 32 a day. The more widely used eBay had a connection to 1,483 cases – almost 50 a day.
But eBay guarantees customers will get their goods or money back when there is a fraud. There is no such protection for Gumtree users.
Citizens Advice called for Gumtree to require all users to set up accounts with verifiable names and addresses to combat the crimewave.
Gillian Guy, of the charity, said: ‘It’s not enough for these websites to say “it wasn’t me” when things go wrong. Online marketplaces need to take more responsibility for what goes on in their name, by being more transparent and strengthening protections for consumers.’
Gumtree said the safety of its users is a ‘top priority’, but a spokesman added: ‘As with any form of classifieds listing… it is impossible to prevent crime completely.’
The firm claimed the number of fraud cases is less than half the 249 a week suggested by police figures.
أكد العقيد سيف مهيّر المزروعي، مدير الإدارة العامة للمرور في شرطة دبي، حرص شرطة دبي على مواكبة آخر المستجدات التقنية وإدخال التكنولوجيات الحديثة التي تساهم في تطوير العمل الشرطي، مما يعود بالنفع على المجتمع، وأمنه واستقراره.
وأوضح أن شرطة دبي قامت بعدد من المبادرات التي تعزز هذا التوجه في مجال الخدمات الذكية المبتكرة لخدمة المجتمع والتحول إلى الحكومة الذكية عبر إنجاز المعاملات واستقبال الطلبات والملاحظات والشكاوى والاقتراحات بالإضافة إلى إدخال الأجهزة الذكية في مجال ضبط حالة الطريق بحسب بيان صحفي وصل أريبيان بزنس.
وقال العقيد سيف المزروعي، إنه في إطار جهودها لضبط حركة السير والمرور على طرقات الإمارة للحد من المخالفات المرورية والحوادث، بدأت الإدارة العامة للمرور في شرطة دبي باستخدام النظارة الذكية (جوجل) في رصد السائقين غير الملتزمين بقواعد وآداب السير والمرور، كنوع جديد من الأجهزة الذكية تضاف إلى جانب أجهزتها المتعددة في مجال ضبط أمن الطريق في الإمارة، لافتا إلى أن الإدارة العامة للمرور تسعى دائما إلى تحديث الأنظمة لديها لتتوافق مع الدول المتقدمة حفاظا على أمن الطريق وسلامة مستخدميه.
وأشار إلى أن النظارة الذكية (جوجل) التي أطلقتها شرطة دبي في الآونة الأخيرة وتستخدم للمرة الأولى في المنطقة، يتم من خلالها رصد أنواع مختلفة من المخالفات الخطرة والبسيطة، عن طريق تصوير السائقين المخالفين من خلال كاميرا مثبتة على النظارة، حيث يتيح لأفراد الشرطة التقاط صور عن المخالفات المرورية بحق السائق المخالف باستخدام النظارة لتقوم بدورها بنقلها فوراً إلى النظام الخاص بالشرطة، كما أنها تساعد أفراد الشرطة في التعرف على السيارات المطلوبة مروريا وجنائياً.
وعن استخدام النظارة (جوجل) قال العقيد سيف المزروعي: إنه يتعين على أفراد الشرطة التقاط صور المركبة المخالفة، ثم تقوم النظارة بإرسالها مع تحديد الموقع والوقت والتاريخ إلى النظام المروري تلقائياً، أما بالنسبة للسيارات المطلوبة فيتعين على أفراد الشرطة النظر إلى لوحات السيارات لتقوم النظارة بمسحها ومطابقتها مع سجل نظام الشرطة للتعرف على السيارات المطلوبة. وذكر العقيد سيف المزروعي أنّ نظارات (جوجل) هي نظارات ذكية بإمكانها التقاط الصور وتسجيل الفيديوهات واستخدام الإنترنت وغير ذلك من المميزات، وتتلائم مع أنظمة (أندرويد و iOS).
If Hewlett-Packard’s Moonshot server doesn’t pan out, it won’t be for lack of trying.
Its engineers have been hard at work this year adding various different CPU options for Moonshot, which uses a novel design to reduce energy and space requirements and is a big part of CEO Meg Whitman’s effort to get HP back on track.
Just last month, HP released a Moonshot system with a 64-bit ARM processor, becoming the first vendor to offer such a chip in a server. And on Thursday HP released its first Moonshot server with an Intel Xeon chip.
The company already offered a version with Intel’s low-power Atom processor, and Xeon now provides an option for customers who want a bit more compute muscle.
Called the Moonshot ProLiant m710, the server uses a quad-core Xeon with the catchy name of E3-1284L v3. The chip also has an integrated GPU to make light work of graphics.
Like other Moonshot servers, the m710 is tuned to run one or two workloads particularly well, in this case application delivery and video transcoding — both tasks that benefit from the integrated GPU, said Gerald Kleyn, director of Moonshot R&D.
For applications delivery, HP worked with Citrix to use its XenApp software, which can stream Office applications and other programs to users. The m710 ships as bare metal and customers will need to buy licenses for XenApp and for Windows Server 2012, the supported OS. HP provides the documentation to tell them how to set it up.
For the video encoding, HP is offering media software from Vantrix and Harmonic. Broadcasters will be able to serve up to 20 times as many video streams as they can with a standard rack server occupying the same space, according to HP.
It achieves this from Moonshot’s dense design. Each server is a small cartridge that slots into the Moonshot chassis. With shared power and cooling supplies, and tightly integrated network interface cards and switches, HP crams 45 cartridges into a chassis 4.3 rack units, or 7.5 inches, high. That’s a lot of servers in a small space.
A second Moonshot system announced Thursday, the m350, is aimed at managed hosting providers and is HP’s densest system yet. Each cartridge contains four Atom C2730 eight-core processors, for a total of 1,440 cores in a chassis.
One final product uses existing hardware but with new software. HP released the Atom-based m300 earlier this year and expected customers to use it for one part of their Web application tier, the Web server. But some customers put their entire Web stack in the box, including Web server, load balancing and database.
So HP is now bundling in the software for that task, including Canonical’s Ubuntu OS, Juju and Charms software. Another option runs Red Hat Enterprise Linux, with a special license price HP negotiated for use on Atom processors, Kleyn said.
After a slow start getting Moonshot off the ground, HP has moved quickly to offer systems for numerous types of workload. It claims Moonshot consumes up to 90 percent less energy and 80 percent less space compared to old-fashioned “pizza box” rack servers.
But it’s still not clear if customers will bite in the volumes HP will need to make continued development of Moonshot worthwhile. Whitman has said it will be next year before Moonshot starts delivering meaningful sales for HP, and it must now sell them at a time when it’s splitting the company in two.
Its engineers continue to plug away, however, and HP is giving it all the energy it can muster.
“We haven’t stopped investing, and clearly HP is bullish about Moonshot,” Kleyn said.
The Xeon-based ProLiant m710 is priced starting from US$55,147; the m300 starts at $48,937, and the m350 at $85,372. The prices include 15 server cartridges, one chassis, a switch and three power supplies, and some other components and software.
Shellshock is a serious security bug in Bash, a shell commonly used in computers running Linux, UNIX and OS X. Shellshock could allow an attacker to execute malicious commands across the Internet on remote computers, notably web servers.
Cybercriminals are trying to exploit Shellshock to steal data and compromise servers with malware. SophosLabs has seen malware in the wild that seeks to exploit Shellshock to gain access to a server and call home for instructions.
This kind of malware could infect servers to create a botnet, which cybercriminals use to distribute zombie malware, or for turning the botnet into a weapon for launching distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on web servers.
1- Antivirus blocks malware-related payloads exploiting Shellshock in Linux, UNIX and OS X
2- Web Application Firewall (WAF) and Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) rules that stops Shellshock requests before they reach the server
3- Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) that blocks malware call-home attempts, and creates a threat alert for malicious traffic
eHosting DataFort Earns Double Accolades during GITEX week for Quality Managed Services at CNME’s ICT Achievement Awards & ACN Arab Tech Awards 2014
eHosting DataFort (eHDF), the region’s leading Managed Hosting and Cloud Infrastructure services provider, has bagged two distinguished ICT awards back-to-back this week for its delivery of successful and complex technology implementations that offer outstanding value to customers.
The company has been recognized as the ‘Managed Services Provider of the Year’ at Computer News Middle East’s (CNME) 5th ICT Achievement Awards as well as ‘Services Provider of the Year’ at the 10th Arabian Computer News (ACN) Arab Tech Awards – two well-known industry leaders annually celebrating top ICT achievements.
eHosting DataFort has earned industry awards for their managed services, hosted private cloud and data centre offerings for the last seven years in a row.
Yasser Zeineldin, CEO, eHosting DataFort, said: “We are humbled by the prestigious industry recognition accorded to our offerings and capabilities as the leading managed services and cloud provider in the region. Such achievements make us constantly raise the bar for ourselves to be creative and innovative in providing true value to our customers, who are at the center of everything that we do and entrust us to be at the forefront of technology and service delivery. To keep up with increased customer demand and expectations, we have invested heavily in our infrastructure and services in 2014 as well as launched new services for the SME segment. We also have an aggressive investment plan for 2015 and beyond to avail to our customers the latest innovations and its associated benefits. We are committed to helping enterprises in the country transform their IT infrastructure into competitive assets and focus on their core business.”
Both awards were held during GITEX week with CNME’s ICT Achievement Awards 2014 being held on October 12 at Jumeirah Emirates Towers and the ACN Arab Tech Awards 2014 being held on October 13 at Conrad Hotel. TheseAwards recognize individuals, end users and vendor organizations for their achievements across the year and all nominees were judged by a panel of industry experts on specific measurable results in innovation and accomplishments.
eHDF’s recognition at the ICT Achievement Awards 2014 and the ACN Arab Tech Award 2014 add to their list of accolades. In April this year, eHosting DataFort won the ‘Best Managed Service Provider of the Year’ at the fifth annual Network World Middle East Awards.
The company has witnessed a significant increase in its customer base over the last few years and has deployed crucial, customized managed services and cloud hosting projects for clients such as Geotab ME, Tejuri.com, Dubai Financial Market, DUBAL, TRIMEX Group, Dunia Finance and Société Générale Bank, amongst others.
eHDF’s comprehensive managed services offerings include managed servers, managed storage, managed security, managed databases, managed backup, managed exchange, monitoring etc. It also offers both Hosted Private Cloud and Public Cloud services and has recently launched Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) services & Managed remote Backup services.
eHosting DataFort owns and operates world-class tier-3 data centers in Dubai with resilient and scalable infrastructure and round-the-clock managed operations offering customers the advantage of hosting all data within the UAE.
The company complies with industry standards and offers customers round-the-clock 24/7/365 support.
The changing demand for print
Before the mid 1990s, virtually all publishing as well as personal and business communications were analogue in nature, in the main split
between print, broadcasting and telephony.
Print was the oldest medium and global demand for paper was strong and stable.The last 15 years has seen the arrival of digital
technologies and an ever-increasing proportion of communications is now digital not analogue.
It is important to examine how print companies across the globe have adapted and how their experience has contrasted with the wider impact
on the world of this fundamental transition.
Amongst the total drupa global expert panel 46% reported a decline in demand for conventional (non-digital) print over the last
five years, compared with 21% who reported an increase, an overall net balance reporting decline of 25%. When the answers were
analysed between sectors, Packaging came off by far the best, with a far smaller net balance reporting a decline of 14% compared with 33%
for commercial and 42% for publishing printers.
In terms of substrates, a net balance of 9% reported a decline in demand for paper over the last 5 years, compared with those that reported
an increase. This contrasts with net balances reporting growing demand for carton board, flexibles, metal, glass and fabrics.
Advertising pays for the majority of print so the steady drift away from print to other forms of digital communications has had a compound
effect over time. The relative decline of print is not across all markets but for some sectors it has been severe. Take newspapers, where in the
US demand for newsprint has dropped 62% between 1999 and 2012. Over the same period print advertising fell by 60% as marketers
swapped to digital channels.
In contrast packaging is forecast to grow at about 4% per annum to 2018 as the Internet has not removed the need to protect our goods and
promote them on the shelf. Equally industrial functional print is growing at an annual rate of about 13% albeit from a much smaller base.
The digital flood
To understand the radical changes in communications, we must understand the revolution in digital technologies over the last 25
years. The ever-reducing cost and everincreasing power of computer chips; the everincreasing network communications speed and
bandwidth and the ever-accelerating number of users connected has driven the astonishing growth in the Internet and the associated World
Wide Web. Add mobile communications (increasingly Internet enabled) and you see why digital communications increasingly dominate
and all other communications channels including print are in relative decline.
By 2012 it was calculated that 35% of the world’s population was connected via the Internet, although distribution is very patchy. As for
mobile phones, by 2013 there were 3.4 billion subscribers, equivalent to just under half the world’s population.
So print is now part of the broader communications industry, and printing companies need to be increasingly IT-led. Yet
only 23% of our drupa expert panel reported that IT expenditure had grown over the last five years and virtually all reported difficulties in
recruiting adequate IT skills.
The migration to digital
A range of factors explains the rapid migration to digital communications over the last 30-odd years:
• Digital communications are rapid, even real-time.
• Interactivity offers great advantages.
• The consumer has adapted to an ‘always on’ communications lifestyle.
• We are mobile with access to multiple touch-points and channels.
Marketers will therefore consider all the channels available and choose those that fit within budget and prompt the best (ideally
recordable) response. Regrettably, younger marketers may only consider digital channels.
Yet print can add huge value to multichannel campaigns.
The average response rate for standard direct mail is reported at 3.4%, compared with 0.12% for email. So direct mail that drives consumers to a digital channel,
ideally via an interactive element, is an attractive way forward.
So how have commercial printers on the drupa panel responded to these challenges?
Commonly they have sought additional revenue streams by adding new services such as web-to-print (W2P), customer database management, digital
asset management etc – most of which use the Internet to function.
Publishers of newspapers, magazines and books have faced equally stiff challenges from the Internet. In 2012 US online advertising overtook
the total print advertising in newspapers and magazines combined. And online advertising is certainly not migrating to newspaper publishers.
For every $25 of lost print advertising it is calculated that newspaper publishing gains just $1 of digital advertising.
Nevertheless, while digital revenues are growing rapidly for magazine publishers (particularly for business-to-business), it will be many years
before print advertising and circulation revenues cease to be the dominant source.
As for books, again the printed book will remain for some years the dominant revenue source for professional publishers. However in the book
publishing supply chain a radical transformation, enabled by ecommerce and digital print-ondemand (PoD), has taken place.
Furthermore use of ebooks is steadily increasing, but in complement to print, not as a full alternative. The other big features for books
are that with PoD no book need ever go ‘out of print’ and there is a huge growth in so-called ‘self publishing’.
Our drupa expert panel of printers who work in publishing has responded to these challenges by adding on-demand or short-run digital print;
adapting to ecommerce-led supply chains and adding a variety of new services e.g. customer database management, adapting files to
alternative output devices etc. Indeed, while conventional book production was reported as declining or at best stable, 59% reported growth
in short-run digital production and 51% reported growth in on-demand digital production.
Sustainability is an issue of increasing concern for publishers, marketers and the consumer.
As the comparative debate matures past naïve anti-paper slogans, and the environmental costs of digital infrastructure and use become better
understood, there can now be a more effective selection of the right combination of media channels for each occasion while considering
the sustainability implications. Reflecting this, our expert panel reported shifts in the paper purchasing habits of their customers, most
notably the rise in demand for accredited papers.
The rise and rise of ecommerce
Over 20 years the volume of ecommerce in many countries has grown from negligible to huge volumes that include virtually all
companies and most consumers. The growth figures are just astonishing; with even the most mature market, the US, still growing at 8% per
annum, with China due to overtake it in volume terms in 2015 and to triple its volume of online trading by 2020.
There are many advantages to ecommerce that explain this explosion in participation, and the pace will accelerate further with increasing
numbers of consumers using their Internet enabled mobile phones to participate in ‘m-commerce’.
The report highlights the huge impact ecommerce has had on vast industries such as music publishing, book publishing, retail and
banking. Yet print has struggled to exploit the opportunities.
While 51% of the drupa panel had web-to-print, only 14% reported they used it to transact more than 25% of their orders. Our commercial
printer panel members offer a variety of products for sale via the Internet, but while there are individual success stories, a recent US survey
reported that only one in four W2P installations was considered a success by the printers concerned.
In terms of catalogues, 47% of the panel reported a decline in demand for conventional print (versus 15% an increase), a net balance of
31% decline. However there was much better news for shorter run ‘versioned mini-catalogues,’ with 47% reporting growth and 60% reporting
growth in short-run digital production.
The reason is clear – marketers see that print catalogues drive online sales, so print is a valuable ally for ecommerce when it becomes
part of an integrated multi-channel process.
The shift to mass customisation
The industry has seen a dramatic shift from mass production of static print to an everincreasing proportion of small runs of digital
print and down further to individual runs of one.
Digital communications has driven this shift, supported by sophisticated data management and workflows.
Variable data print (VDP) is the essential prerequisite for customisation and the net effect is forecasts of a slow decline in static print
(0.5% per annum to 2017) contrasted with rapid growth of digital (electrophotographic at 1.5% pa – building on a large installed base and inkjet
at 14% pa – reflecting the small installed base) to double digital print’s share of total print volume to 14% by 2017.
72% of the commercial printers in the drupa panel offer VDP and 56% reported modest or fast growth, albeit from a low base. Indeed, last
autumn the panel’s commercial printers selected cut sheet digital electrographic presses as their top print investment.
Another striking development is the rapidly growing popularity of interactive print (QR codes, augmented reality etc) that enables print
to play a role in an online sales cycle. 32% of the expert panel offer at least one such service.
One key driver of mass customisation is the ever-increasing volume of digital data that is being held – so-called ‘big data,’ where
the volumes are so large that conventional analyses would struggle to cope. For example, online business data is forecast to grow at a
compound annual rate of 40%. However with the right software and skills to drive it, very exact segmented marketing, down to the level
of individuals, can occur – either digitally or by printing. Here is a great opportunity for printers (who are used to handling high volumes of
digital data) to manage and analyse customers’ data for them.
Packaging supply chains are responding to such opportunities to create just-in-time, on-demand business cycles that reduce lead times, cost and
waste. Technical issues such as exact colour management are being resolved and supply chains are becoming agile enough to exploit the
opportunities. Indeed, among packaging printers on the expert panel, 50% reported they offer interactive print of one form or another, 43%
offer variable content and 41% some form of personalisation, albeit only a low level of SKUs are involved at present.
The Internet has both increased the opportunities for personalisation and also the competition to win that business, as customers no longer have
to meet the printer and printers can compete in an ever-wider geographic market.
Customisation has added new products to the conventional list of personalised products (business cards, stationery etc) with items such
as photo books and calendars for commercial printers and décor items for industrial printers.
Over 50% of the panel’s commercial printers offer some products that are personalised, although some products involve a higher level
of investment in specialist equipment and marketing to compete successfully e.g. photobooks.
Direct mail is offered by 51% of the panel’s commercial printers and while there is plenty of evidence of a sharp decline in the total volume
of direct mail, strategically targeted direct mail is growing.
Overall, printers need to get much closer to their customers and end users, to capture data and understand how personalisation can be relevant,
timely and provide added value.
Managing with the Internet
Regardless of what you are printing or how, the Internet can assist printers in becoming more competitive. For example, it is fundamentally
changing the way businesses are conducting their sales and marketing. The drupa expert panel admitted to a very patchy adoption of such
techniques as customer database management (just 34% use it), website analytics (23%) and social media (25%) and only 17% use these in
integrated campaigns that are demonstrably the best way to exploit these techniques.
Turning to customer service and production, we have all been impressed with examples in our daily life of effective multi-channel ‘customer
journeys’ as well as painful examples of the reverse. But how many printers have assessed their own company’s ‘customer journeys’
objectively? Certainly 84% of the drupa panel reported use of FTP/upload portals, but only 55% use automated pre-flight testing and 44%
use digital asset management.
Surprisingly only 47% claimed integrated estimating, order processing and job bag production and only 21% reported a fully automated order processing
system from enquiry to invoicing.
As for other online business services, 68% used online purchasing and 54% of those with an MIS had remote access but less than half used online
training, recruitment, business intelligence and credit checking. It is puzzling to see the low take-up figures for all these online aids to
greater competitiveness and efficiency.
The Higher Committee for Smart Dubai Initiative has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with du, announcing the UAE’s integrated telecommunications company as the Smart City Official WiFi Provider in Dubai.
du will provide an end-to-end, fully managed WiFi solutions, which will be accessible in public areas such as public transport, malls, recreational and urban areas, and other top destinations.
The operator will expand its existing WiFi coverage in public areas. Customers of both operators will be able to access it with a common login and portal.
Dr Aisha Bin Bishr, Assistant Director of The Executive office of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and member of the Executive Committee of Smart Dubai Initiative, said: “We strive to ensure the rapid realisation of the Smart Dubai vision. This is only achievable with the right infrastructure in place, with connectivity being a vital component to provide Dubai’s public with unlimited access to all Smart City services, anywhere and everywhere. Having a strong WiFi service across all public areas will significantly contribute to Dubai becoming the world’s smartest city, which is a goal we are aiming for. With an existing public WiFi service that has proven successful and reliable, du is the natural partner for realising this ambitious goal.”
Osman Sultan, Chief Executive Officer at du, commented: “WiFi is the basis of any Smart City model, and we are honored to be selected by the Higher Committee for Smart Dubai Initiative to provide this crucial service.”
An EMC spokesperson this afternoon confirmed that the company will buy Cloudscaling, which builds clouds based on the OpenStack software.
The deal would mark the latest in a wave of consolidation in the cloud industry, with previous big acquisitions including HP snapping up Euclayptus and Cisco buying OpenStack vendor Metacloud. It also comes as there is some shakeup in the OpenStack community, with one of the forefathers of the movement, Joshua McKenty leaving his post as CTO of Piston Cloud Computing Co. and landing at Pivotal, the VMware/EMC spinout that is focused on the open source Cloud Foundry platform as a service. The move also comes just before the latest Juno release of the project and as the community gears up for its semi-annual summit to be held in Paris.
Cloudscaling has been a prominent member of the OpenStack community for years. The company’s co-founder and CEO Randy Bias is one of the outspoken leaders of OpenStack, evangelizing not only his company’s platform but the OpenStack project in general at industry trade shows and events.
Cloudscaling the company helps its customers build public or private clouds based on the company’s software, which is powered by OpenStack. Bias has talked about the company’s affinity for building web-scale distributed systems like those run by Amazon and Google. While some in the OpenStack community have considered Amazon a foe, Bias’s Cloudscaling seems to embrace AWS and wants to bring an AWS-like cloud to regular enterprises.
EMC buying OpenStack continues the company’s foray into the open source project. EMC is already a corporate backer of OpenStack and within the last year has hired some OpenStack talent, including former Rackspace evangelist Kenneth Hui.
EMC spokesperson Dave Farmer confirmed the news, which was first reported by Bloomberg. “To further extend EMC’s breadth of cloud platform support, including VMware and others, EMC signed a definitive agreement to acquire Cloudscaling.” He added that more details about the Clouscaling purchase will be released on Oct. 28 when the company has an event.