Microsoft acquires GitHub for $7.5bn

Microsoft has splashed out again. They have just acquired open-source source code management and sharing platform GitHub for $7.5bn. GitHub has a community of 28 million developers and hosts 85 million repositories of code. GitHub is used to host some of the most significant open-source projects, including Ansible, Kubernetes and many others. Microsoft’s last major purchase was…

Australia’s MetroNode acquired by Equinx in $792mn deal

Australia’s MetroNode hosting company has been acquired by Equinix for $792mn. 100 % held by the Canadian Ontario Teachers Pension Plan currently, MetroNode was previously part of the NextGen Group. When the ownership of NextGen changed in 2016, OTPP retained MetroNode (NextGen became part of Vocus Communications) OTPP has now agreed to sell MetroNode to…

Broadcom completes drawn-out acquisition of Brocade

Broadcom has finally achieved completion on its acquisition of Brocade. Announced in November 2016, this deal has finally completed. Brocade disposed of various units, such as the vRouter team to AT&T. The closing of the deal also releases others for completion. Expect to see deals closing soon including its Wifi business, Ruckus, and IP and…

Frost and Sullivan place VeloCloud first by SD-WAN Global Market share

VeloCloud, after the recent announcement that VMware would buy them, has also been given another accolade. This time analysts Frost and Sullivan have announced that VeloCloud is in first place across the globe by market share. This follows Frost and Sullivan awarding a Best Practices Award last year for leadership in the North American SD-WAN…

Broadcom plans $103bn takeover of Qualcomm

Having announced a move of their headquarters to the US, Broadcom  is now targeting another chipmaker for a takeover. Even with the Brocade deal stuck in CIFUS negotiations, they are looking to target Qualcomm . Given that both Qualcomm and Broadcom have income streams from WiFi and LTE chipsets. The combination of both companies will potentially…

Lenovo buys control of Fujitsu’s PC business

Lenovo and Fujitsu have announced the creation of a joint-venture company. Lenovo is effectively buying a 51% controlling stake in Fujitsu’s FCCL (Fujitsu Client Computing Ltd). Fujitsu is selling an additional 5% to Development Bank of Japan (DBJ). Fujitsu gains about 28bn¥, providing them with cash for the rest of the business. Lenovo pays 25.5bn¥,…

Quintillion completes Alaskan subsea cable

Quintillion has announced it has completed the first phase of its cable between Japan and the UK. The finished segment runs from Prudhoe Bay to Nome, as well as the overland segment from Prudhoe to Fairbanks, following the Dalton Highway (of Ice Road Truckers fame). These Alaskan sections bring coastal communities onto terrestrial internet links.…

Seaborn sharpens SABR to link with South Africa

Seaborn Networks, the folks that linked Brazil and the USA together using the Seabras-1 cable are quietly busy. In one of the most low-key launches of a new route, you can’t find much more than a twitter post. Seaborn announces new route SABR https://t.co/knvcuxfBjJ Cape Town/São Paulo/ NYC faster, more reliable, next-gen subsea data connectivity https://t.co/lzeQk3Fgt4…