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Cloud Bursts: F5 Closes NGINX Acquisition, IBM's Red Hat Buy Clears Hurdle

F5 and NGINX are one. Looks like the same will happen soon for IBM and Red Hat. And Docker gets a new posterior in the captain's chair.

Mitch Wagner

May 10, 2019

2 Min Read
Cloud Bursts: F5 Closes NGINX Acquisition, IBM's Red Hat Buy Clears Hurdle

The Big 5G Event wasn't the only place for industry news this week -- although it sure seemed that way. Telco cloud news happened elsewhere too, including developments from F5, IBM and Docker.

  • F5 completed its $670 million acquisition of open source application delivery vendor NGINX, the company (which company? There's only one company now. Haven't you been paying attention?) said Friday. Application delivery specialist F5 gains strength in containers, multicloud application delivery and access to a thriving open source community, all of which will make F5 a more attractive supplier to telcos and other network operators looking to virtualize their networks, F5 said when the deal was announced in March.

    • Open source containers vendor Docker named a new CEO, former HortonWorks CEO Rob Bearden, starting early next month. "Rob brings over 20 years of experience in building and scaling world-class software companies, including some of the most commercially successful open source companies such as Hortonworks (merged with Cloudera)," Docker said. Steve Singh, currently CEO, will continue to serve as Docker's chairman. Singh took the captain's chair on the Docker bridge two years ago. TechCrunch, which broke the story of Bearden's ascension shortly before Docker announced it officially, said that Singh "was tired of working 75 hours a week, but he wanted to leave the company in the hands of capable steward." Cloudera and HortonWorks closed their merger in January.

    • The US Department of Justice has essentially approved IBM's proposed $34 billion Red Hat acquisition, clearing the way for anticipated closing in the second half of 2019.

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About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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