Rackspace to Acquire Cloud Services Provider Datapipe

Rackspace, a pioneer in managed public cloud services, has signed an agreement to acquire Datapipe, a competitor that also offers business customers solutions to run their technology infrastructures.

Datapipe is a leading provider of managed services across public and private clouds, managed hosting and colocation. It has substantial experience serving high-profile public sector customers, including the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy and Treasury, as well as the U.K. Cabinet Office, Ministry of Justice, and Department of Transport.

“With the acquisition of Datapipe, we’re very pleased to expand the multi-cloud managed services we provide our customers, while also opening doors to new opportunities across the globe,” said Joe Eazor, Rackspace’s chief executive.

ECS Digital Acquires Software Testing Organisation OAWorks

ECS Digital, the specialist DevOps division of the ECS Group, has acquired QAWorks, the UK’s leading technical software testing organisation.

QAWorks is one of the longest established software testing companies in the UK. Working with developers, QAWorks helps teams improve their engineering practices, including Continuous Testing, Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery. It serves clients in sectors from finance and media to energy and retail.

“This acquisition is driven by the need for greater levels of innovation and customer engagement within many companies, and the ever-rising benchmark of high performance,” said Andy Cureton, founder and managing director of ECS Digital.

“By combining testing and DevOps, companies can ensure that software is designed with how the customer is going to use it in mind and tested on that basis. Development and delivery will be accelerated as testing is done as part of development rather than separately.”

Thales Tuesday Acquires Data Analytics Firm Guavus

Thales Tuesday, the French aerospace and critical security major, has completed its acquisition of Guavus, a California based data analytics firm.

Founded in 2006, Guavus has built a recognised industrial “big data” platform adapted to real-time analytics and designed to be easily implemented across any number of new markets.

“Thales is very excited that this acquisition has now closed and welcomes Guavus’s talents as part of its family,” said Patrice Caine, Thales’s Chairman and CEO.

“Combined with our established expertise in other key digital technologies, the acquisition of Guavus represents a tremendous accelerator of our digital strategy for the benefit of all our customers, whether in aeronautics, space, rail signaling, defense or security.”

Solar Communications Acquires Communication Telephone Systems Provider TWL

Solar Communications has acquired TWL Limited, a telephone systems provider with expertise in commercial unified communications.

TWL offers services including commercial telephone systems, refurbished telephone systems, voice & data cabling, call recording, competitive rates on telephone lines and calls, mobile solutions and a wide range of ADSL and Fibre broadband packages.

“Solar is determined to address the underserved mid-market with innovative and value-enhancing capabilities,” said John Whitty, Solar Communications CEO.

“TWL is a proven service-focused business with a very strong reputation in serving small and medium businesses and we believe the addition will enhance Solar’s position in the industry.”

HIVE Blockchain Acquires GPU-based Blockchain Data Centre

HIVE Blockchain Technologies has completed its acquisition of a state-of-the-art GPU-based blockchain data centre in Reykjanes, Iceland and formed a strategic partnership with Genesis Mining Ltd.

Genisis is one of the world’s leading blockchain technology firms. With over 700,000 customers, Genesis has developed industry-leading hardware and software tools to validate blockchain transactions in exchange for digital currency rewards (mining) and to identify up-and-coming new blockchains.

“The blockchain has the power to change payments and internet infrastructure,” said Harry Pokrandt, Interim CEO at HIVE.

“As cryptocurrencies and applications for the blockchain grow, the greater the need for the computational power provided by miners. The mining opportunity with Genesis is scalable and HIVE looks forward to being among the fastest moving companies in this exciting industry.”

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