The Intel-Micron partnership led to the announcement of new 3D XPoint memory or 3D Cross Point Memory.
SanDisk’s flash memory chips are used in solid state drives, which are faster and relatively more reliable than traditional hard drives.
Western Digital (WDC) and Micron (MU) held 10.2% and 5.1% of the market share, respectively, in the enterprise SSD space.
On the back of the news that SanDisk approached Micron and Western Digital about its buyout, SanDisk’s shares got a huge boost.
From the beginning of 2015 until September, mergers and acquisitions in the semiconductor space have been valued at approximately $80 billion.
AT&T and Verizon have significant low-band coverage spectrum holdings while Sprint has significant network investments in the high-capacity spectrums.
Sprint’s been struggling to move toward profits. It hasn’t reported positive adjusted net income since 1Q14 and continues to rationalize its cost structure.
On October 13, 2015, Twitter’s chief executive officer Jack Dorsey announced the first massive layoff in the company’s nine-year tenure.
IBM’s recent cloud acquisitions in 2015, namely StrongLoop, AlchemyAPI, Blekko, Blue Box, and Compose, complement its $2 billion acquisition of SoftLayer, the base of its cloud computing business.
IBM’s recent acquisitions show the company has increased investments in open source. The cloud revolution has acted as a catalyst to the increased adoption of open source technologies.
IBM, a founding member of Node.js Foundation, aims to strengthen its ties with the open source community through StrongLoop’s acquisition and its integration with the majority of its offerings.
StrongLoop’s Node.js is one of the fastest-growing frameworks for developers. StrongLoop is a provider of software tools for creating and managing APIs for apps.
IBM has put a lot of effort into building Bluemix into an API delivery, development, and management platform. An app on Bluemix could potentially translate a Twitter data feed and normalize input into English.
On October 1, 2015, IBM launched Bluemix Local. IBM says it is particularly useful for industries that have strict data security and compliance policies.
Cleversafe’s features will enhance IBM’s capabilities, as its portfolio can now support unstructured data in NoSQL databases and IoT (Internet of Things).
On October 9, 2015, IBM unveiled its three Power Systems LC servers, which according to IBM cost 50% less than a comparable x86 server and provide twice the level of performance.
EMC had $7.4 billion and $7.7 billion in debt and cash, respectively, as of June 2015. Dell had $11.7 billion in debt as of September 2015.
The Carlyle Group’s acquisition of Symantec’s Veritas has been by far the biggest LBO deal in the United States in 2015 to date.
EMC houses storage, server, cloud, and big data under its business model. But IDC predicts that third platform technology will grow by ~20% by 2020.