Source: Business Cloud News
Swedish networking incumbent Ericsson has acquired Sentilla, a California-based provider of datacentre infrastructure management and visibility software, for an undisclosed sum. Ericsson said the move will create new revenue opportunities in the enterprise segment.
Following the acquisition Sentilla, which was founded in 2003 and provides real-time infrastructure monitoring capabilities and analytics for multi-vendor datacentre environments, will be folded into the company’s business unit support solutions division.
Ericsson said it intends to combine Sentilla’s monitoring and analytics technology with its cloud management and automation platform, which will expand its managed IT service capabilities and its appeal outside the telco vertical.
“As more businesses leverage mobility and cloud-based applications, the unique combination of automation and just-in-time intelligence that we can provide enables necessary agility and responsiveness. As a result, Ericsson helps drive increased operational and financial efficiency,” said Elisabetta Romano, vice president and head of OSS and service enablement, business unit support solutions at Ericsson.
“By combining our capabilities with key Ericsson offerings, we can support dynamic optimization of workloads across physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures, including constantly changing data centre environments,” said Mike Kaul, chief executive officer of Sentilla.
“This functionality is imperative for service providers that want to continue to deliver a compelling enterprise offering,” Kaul added.
The acquisition is likely to give Ericsson a leg up on one of its key competitors in the enterprise segment, Cisco, which in August began offering a monitoring tool for UCS (Performance Manager) – though it only really works for the Cisco stack.
Ericsson has for the past year aggressively targeted cloud initiatives, including strong increases in cloud-related research and development spending, and a greater focus on rolling out both cloud-enablement technologies and cloud-based services.
The company recently bought a majority stake in Apcera, a US-based startup providing multi-workload deployment and management platform as a service, and is also working with a number of telcos to help rollout software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV).