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Huawei Technologies Co. intends to become a major provider of gear and software to global cloud computing providers, aiming for a $10 billion business by 2020. The Chinese company will keep investing in the cloud, its fastest-growing business, as it seeks to supply chips, servers and other equipment to a booming market, said Ken Hu, the rotating chief executive overseeing the fledgling division. Huawei has begun working with foreign firms including SAP SE and Intel Corp. to crack the market for cloud services. Unlike providers such as Amazon.com Inc. and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., it wants to supply the basic components of computing infrastructure, as domestic industries from education to health care begin to move data online. China’s largest telecommunications gear company, also the world’s third-largest smartphone brand, may benefit from the local government’s preference for local over foreign technology.
VMware is aiming to be the platform for hybrid cloud deployments and is banking that enterprises will use its software to manage so-called "cross cloud services." At the company's VMworld conference in Las Vegas this week, VMware will outline its usual complement of hybrid cloud offerings -- along with partners such as HPE, parent Dell and EMC and others -- but the biggest thing to watch is whether enterprises use the company to manage all compute resources.
Today, VMware announced upgrades to its desktop virtualization products for Windows, Mac, and Linux. But this time existing users won't have to pay for the new software. VMware and its rival Parallels have been charging for upgrades every year, and last year both companies required users to upgrade if they wanted VMWare and Parallels to fully support Windows 10. But none of the operating system changes this year are likely to break anything in last year’s virtualization software. This makes it hard to convince customers that they should pay again.
Cisco just bulked up a little in data center software muscle. The networking giant said Tuesday that it plans to buy a small San Jose startup, ContainerX, for an undisclosed amount. The startup has eight employees, some of whom previously worked at big enterprise technology companies like VMware, Microsoft and Citrix. Like its name implies, ContainerX specializes in a type of developer and data center infrastructure technology called containers. Developers tend to use containers to build complex software apps that can run with multiple cloud computing providers like Amazon’s or a company’s internal data centers.
On Monday, Nutanix officially confirmed that it bought a startup called PernixData. News of the deal had leaked a few weeks ago when PernixData's outgoing CTO Frank Denneman told The Register's Chris Mellor that the sale was already a done deal. This is a brilliant move by Nutanix and a curious one by PernixData's leadership. It's brilliant for Nutanix for a bunch of reasons. For one, Nutanix has nabbed a key person familiar with the tech of its biggest rival.