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The Turbo radar sensed more disruption on the technology M&A front overnight.
Actually, it was my RSS feed reader, but hey, close enough for jazz.
VMWare, the virtualization technology provider owned by storage technology stalwart, EMC, bought Andreessen Horowitz-backed Nicira for $1.05 billion buckaroos.
Nicira is an open source software developer for network virtualization, and has been adopted by VMWare most likely for its development of “software defined data centers.”
Historically, data communications controls have been managed by proprietary software sold in combination with hardware (think Cisco, Juniper, etc.)
With Nicira, control functions are separated and moved down the stack, so to speak, so they can be run on a variety of servers and not just proprietary hardware.
According to Wall Street Journal’s coverage of the announcement, VMWare CEO Paul Maritz “predicts that nearly all of the hardware in current computer rooms will be replaced by software running on commodity-style servers.”
The software-defined data center. Veddy interesting.
It’ll be even more interesting to see how Cisco and the other networking hardware vendors respond…or not.
Impressions From SXSW Interactive 2012: Q&A With Twitter-Challenged Cisco Social Video Guru Tim “Washtub” Washer
I apologize in advance for the following interview.
A colleague responded to my posting of this video on Facebook and wrote “Wins the award for least content in an interview.”
Noah, you’re really being far too generous.
That said, there’s nothing more fun than interviewing Tim “Washtub” Washer, former IBM social media pioneer and now social video guru with Cisco.
Tim is a comedy writer and actor whose credits range from The Late Show With David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Saturday Night Live, and more recently, The Onion.
As you’ll see from our interview, all Tim has to do is show up and breathe and Scott and I would laugh. Really! The fact that we couldn’t seem to land an actual time to conduct the interview amidst a SXSW chock full of social mediated, geo-located smartphone applications…well, that tells you pretty much everything you need to know.
During his tenure at Big Blue, Washer produced one of the most brilliant corporate social video campaigns ever, “The Art of the Sale,” which was selected as a Comedy Central “Staff Favorite.” And you know they were reaching for the bottom of the barrel when selecting an IBM video series for such a distinguished honor.
Tim’s work has been covered by Advertising Age, NPR, and The New York Times, and he holds an MBA from the University of Texas.
When we weren’t laughing, Scott and I spoke with Tim about his having left IBM under auspicious circumstances, how he came to be a corporate comedian, and why it was that we couldn’t use Cisco Telepresence technology to conduct such a scintillating interview.
Time for our afternoon M&A, boys and girls..Cisco to buy wireless technology provider Starent for around $3 billion buckaroonis.
The Net:$35/share; based in Tewskbury, MA; started in 2000, traded publicly since 2007, 74% rise in revenue in 2008 (to $254.1M), big Verizon business partner, focuses on 3G/4G products, WiMax.
The New York Times reports that the deal represents about a 20 percent premium over Starent’s closing price on Monday of $29.03 per share.
It says for Cisco, the acquisition is a major bet that consumers and workers will keeping pulling down ever larger amounts of data onto smartphones and laptops via wireless networks.
Starent’s hardware and software products make it possible to create and manage high-speed data services.
Cisco, the human network…and the lean, mean, hungry M&A integratin’ machine.