Deutsche Telecom Mulls to Acquire Host Europe Group HEG

This acquisition is being considered by the Deutsche Telecom with the support of US based equity firms to consolidate its cloud portfolio.

Duestche  A breaking story has surfaced in different technology news magazines and online portals this week that, the Deutsche Telecom, a big telecom operator in the Europe region is considering acquiring a well known web hosting company named as Host Europe Group (HEG).

It was further informed that Deutsche Telecom is aggressively pursuing its ambitions to spread the cloud based service portfolio not only in the European region, but also in the North American areas, especially in the United States.

To realize its plans, the company is in consultation with numerous equity firms based in the United States. Some sources have quoted Blackstone equity firm as well as Hellman & Friedman private limited to have been involved in the assessment process to help Deutsche Telecom to acquire HEG. Though, there was no person from those firms to comment or confirm about these reports. But, the informed sources believe that something serious is going on about the same.

It is very important to note that the company has already acquired the Strato Web Hosting Company for $310 million in the year 2009. This platform is being expanded with the acquisition of the HEG group with the help of American equity firms. The Strato platform is a minor player in the European market at the present, but it is being planned to grow huge with the acquisition and merger of the company that is four times bigger than itself in terms of its financial turnover.

According to the sources, the owner of the HEG group, Cinven is interested in starting the sale of process of the company within a couple of months. The estimated value of the company is being estimated at about $1.9 billion or 1.7 billion euros.

Two important things should be noted that Hellman & Friedman has worked with the German telecom company in the recent months to control the majority shares of the Scout24 firm. Both companies are in very close business relationship with each other in the present global conditions.

Similarly, the Blackstone company the major shareholder of the Deutsche Telecom itself and working very closely with the company to expand its businesses across the Europe and other parts of the globe too.

If this merger materializes soon, the web hosting marketplace in the European as well as in the North American region will notice another strong competitor.

IBM Announces the Acquisition of Bluewolf, Cloud Consulting Firm

Bluewolf group is a cloud consulting company that focuses on providing their services to the businesses that uses Salesforce or some other cloud related software and applications.  IBM the computing and services giant announces that it has come to a deal to acquire Bluewolf Group. It is a consulting company that focuses on serving businesses using Salesforce and other cloud software applications. Bluewolf will be added to IBM’s Interactive Experience, or IX unit, which is a part of the huge Global Business Services consulting division. Conditions of the deal were not disclosed, but according to sources well-known with the subject, IBM will pay somewhat more than $200 million.

Eric Berridge, Bluewolf’s CEO, said “the New York-based company was founded in 2000 and has been offering Salesforce-related services since 2002. The company has more than 500 employees, with offices in North America and other countries that include the United Kingdom, France and Australia.”

The Salesforce that is a San Francisco-based company established in 1990, was a pioneer in presenting software as an online service. From that time, consulting firms have boosted up to assist companies in customizing Salesforce services and put them together with other business systems. San Francisco-based Bluewolf was founded in 2000 with the goal of revolutionizing up the software consulting business.

In 2002 co-founder and CEO Eric Berridge get together with Marc Benioff, his former boss at software giant Oracle. The gathering resulted in the formation of Bluewolf’s practice, dedicated almost completely to serving companies install and more successfully use the Salesforce. It has now worked with around 9,500 companies.

Paul Papas, global leader of the IBM unit, said “its customers will benefit from the combination of Bluewolf’s expertise with other IBM services and activities, including mobile application development with Apple Inc. He further said “They now have the access to the full capabilities that IBM has to offer.”

Bluewolf team will join the IBM Interactive Experience, a unit of the computing giant’s global services arm that works with services from Salesforce, SAP and others. With the Bluewolf agreement, IBM has now accomplished 10 cloud-related acquisitions. It makes for the latest in a string of cloud-focused acquisitions by Big Blue in recent months.

IBM’s plan is to merge Bluewolf’s reach with its own cloud software and infrastructure capabilities. The agreement is probable to close in the 2nd quarter of 2016 and is subject to standard regulatory reviews.

Microsoft Cloud App “Security” Ready to Uncover Shadow IT

The upcoming cloud app from Microsoft will help the IT administrators of the enterprises to uncover and identify those cloud services that are not monitored and can be used to give away data.

Security cloud Microsoft acquired the Adallom last year, which is a security software company and focus on security of data on the multi-cloud environment. The new cloud app will be based on the features and technology of Adallom.

“Today, we are announcing Microsoft Cloud App Security, based on the Adallom technology, will become generally available in April 2016. Microsoft Cloud App Security brings the same level of visibility and control that IT departments have in their on-premises network to their SaaS applications including apps like Box, SalesForce, ServiceNow, Ariba, and of course Office 365” said Microsoft Chief Information Security Officer Bret Arsenault.

Microsoft Cloud App Security will also authorize new superior security administration abilities constructed into Office 365 that will perk up IT visibility and management. These new capabilities contain; Advanced security alerts that will inform Office 365 administrators of irregular or doubtful movement in the service so that they can take action. The Cloud app discovery, which enables IT to examine which cloud services the users are linking to. App permissions that offers the capability to support or withdraw permissions for third party services that your users are endorsed to hook up to Office 365.

He further said “Protecting Microsoft’s environment entails managing security for more than 1 million corporate devices across the globe, using multiple platforms. The diversity of our computing environment often mirrors those of our customers, which enables us to develop services that meet their security needs.”

Shadow IT is a huge sightless point for venture organizations. According to a new study by Cisco, IT section harshly misjudges the figure of public cloud services used in their environments. The average big organization is linked to an astounding 1,220 public cloud service that is about 25 times more than the amount that IT departments are maintaining track of.

With the app IT administrators also will be cautioned of actions that places their potentially perceptive information at risk. The Office 365 higher security notifications will help you to irregular and apprehensive action so that you can take action. The system informs you of strange actions, such as if a user take an administrative act from a place they have never logged onto previously.