Cisco to buy Metacloud as the great cloud consolidation (condensation?) continues

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The great cloud consolidation of 2014 continued Wednesday morning with news that Cisco is buying Metacloud, a purveyor of managed OpenStack cloud. Terms were not disclosed but Cisco said the move will bolster its Intercloud cloud federation game plan.

Per the Cisco release:

Metacloud’s OpenStack-based cloud platform will accelerate Cisco’s strategy to build the world’s largest global Intercloud, a network of clouds, together with key partners to address customer requirements for a globally distributed, highly secure cloud platform capable of meeting the robust demands of the Internet of Everything.

Faiyaz Shahpurwala
Metacloud CEO Sean Lynch

Metacloud CEO Sean Lynch

The news comes hours after [company]Rackspace[/company], long subject of speculation around M&A took itself off the block and a week after [company]HP[/company], another OpenStack player, bought [company]Eucalyptus[/company].  More here on that.

It’s been apparent for the past year that while cloud deployment has become a key priority for companies of all sizes, there’s still not necessarily enough traction to support a dozen or more OpenStack players ranging from legacy IT players such as HP, [company]IBM[/company] and Cisco plus a raft of startups plus public cloud giants [company]Amazon Web Services[/company], [company]Microsoft[/company] Azure and increasingly [company]Google[/company] Cloud — all of which are also wooing business workloads.

Some (cough, cough) have taken to Twitter to ask which player would be next to get bought or go away. I guess we now know.


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