Cloud 5: Salesforce's acquisition strategy, why Rackspace went private

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 2, 2016 9:47:13 AM

5_9-2-16.jpgWelcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our recent blog posts, The Clinton campaign runs on AWS. The Clinton campaign takes advantage of open source, agile and the cloud to keep the campaign running.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links: tries to buy its way to success | Wall Street Journal

Salesforce has been a busy shopper this year acquiring 7 companies already including the $2.8 billion it paid for Demandware in June. The question is, will this strategy lead to the hyper growth that Salesforce craves. It's worth noting the company announced its first $2 billion quarter this week, but it's way too soon to judge this year's acqusition strategy.

VMware new cloud plan: sell stuff for rival clouds | Bloomberg

In an interesting twist, VMware announced this week that it will be selling cloud service from its more successful rivals such as AWS and Microsoft. You may recall that Rackspace took a similar tack and ended up being sold to a private equity firm at the end of August.

A Docker fork: talk of a split is now on the table | The New Stack

Docker has been at the center of the containerization movement, but reports of a split between Docker the company and the open source project has to make customers and investors a bit uneasy. Docker has raised over $180 million, according to Crunchbase.

Cloud giveth and cloud taketh away: Rackspace edition | Networkworld

Rackspace was early to the cloud and helped launch OpenStack, and yet still was unable to compete with market giants -- AWS, Microsoft, and Google. It finally threw in the towel last week when it was sold to a private equity firm for $4.3 billion.

Cloud chronicles | Economist

The Economist with typical aplomb finds the connection between open source software like Linux and the development of the cloud. One fun fact, AWS and Linux were born on the same day 15 years apart. Cue the Twilight Zone music.

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