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Local cloud hosting company Rackspace Hosting Inc. is joining Round Rock-based Dell Technologies Inc. to make private cloud cheaper for businesses to adopt, according to an announcement. The Texas tech companies are expanding their existing partnership in an effort to build a "low cost private cloud" that has the elasticity of public cloud but a more simple entry point for businesses. Rackspace would support the OpenStack infrastructure, which is an open source framework as an alternative to vendors like Amazon or Microsoft, while Dell sells its computing power and storage in the joint venture.
Cloud analytics startup Wavefront has agreed to be acquired by VMware less than six months after its Series B funding triggered debate over its valuation. Financial details of the acquisition by publicly traded Dell subsidiary VMware (VMW) weren't disclosed. Wavefront offers a way to monitor and analyze what companies are doing in the cloud, measuring the flow of data and finding bugs.
Paul T. Dacier, who served for 26 years as the top lawyer at EMC Corp. before the company merged with Dell last year, has been hired as general counsel at Charlestown-based startup Indigo Agriculture. Dacier left EMC soon after the Dell merger became official in September.