Samsung acquires cloud provider Joyent: is the Korean giant planning something big?
posted by Milen Y. / Jun 16, 2016, 7:29 AM
Samsung Electronics today announced that it is acquiring U.S.-based public and private cloud provider Joyent. With this acquisition, Samsung will finally have its own cloud platform to use across its devices and for its future IoT ambitions.
As smart devices have conquered the world, and with companies now making a push towards IoT, cloud computing has become one of the fundamental pillars of providing a seamless experience across platforms. Samsung is envisioning to use Joyent's Triton container-as-a-service platform and Manta object storage technologies as the server-side foundation for a new generation of mobile- and IoT-based applications. Samsung has agreed to keep Joyent's platform open source.
Interestingly enough, the acquisition comes shortly after rumors were spread that Samsung might be shifting its focus more towards its proprietary operating system Tizen, in order to decrease its dependance on Android. If the Korean technology giant is really gearing for a shift towards a new ecosystem, then it would need its own cloud computing solution as well. It might just be a coincidence, but Samsung smight well be preparing to compete on a whole new level with the big players. Thinking of it like that, maybe Samsung didn't just want a slice of the mobile payment system pie with Samsung Pay. The company might be looking at things in broader terms and just testing its own proprietary services on foreign territory with the intent to bring them home eventually.
Samsung will become an anchor tenant for Joyent's Triton and Manta solutions, but the cloud service provider will continue to operate as a standalone company under Samsung.
Samsung Electronics today announced that it has agreed to acquire Joyent, Inc., a leading public and private cloud provider. With Joyent’s superior cloud technology, Samsung will now have access to its own cloud platform capable of supporting its growing lineup of mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud-based software and services. The transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions.
“Samsung evaluated a wide range of potential companies in the public and private cloud infrastructure space with a focus on leading-edge scalable technology and talent. In Joyent, we saw an experienced management team with deep domain expertise and a robust cloud technology validated by some of the largest Fortune 500 customers,” said Injong Rhee, CTO of the Mobile Communications business at Samsung Electronics.
As smartphones and connected-devices have taken hold across the world, cloud computing has become fundamental in providing users with exciting and reliable services and experiences on their devices. With leadership positions in both mobile and IoT, this acquisition represents Samsung’s commitment to provide a seamless user experience to millions of customers.
Joyent’s technology will strengthen this position, while allowing Samsung to scale its own cloud infrastructure and services as it continues to innovate with new software and technologies. Through this acquisition, Joyent’s talented team of technologists, including CEO, Scott Hammond, CTO, Bryan Cantrill, and VP of Product, Bill Fine will join Samsung to work on company-wide cloud initiatives.
“We are excited to join the Samsung family. Samsung brings us the scale we need to grow our cloud and software business, an anchor tenant for our industry leading Triton container-as-a-service platform and Manta object storage technologies, and a partner for innovation in the emerging and fast growing areas of mobile and IoT, including smart homes and connected cars,” said Scott Hammond, CEO of Joyent.
In addition, Joyent’s unique combination of container-native infrastructure, object storage, server-less computing, and Node.js expertise is perfectly suited to help Samsung meet the needs of its customers. As one of the world’s largest consumers of public cloud data and storage, Samsung will immediately benefit from having direct access to Joyent’s technology, leadership and talent. Likewise, Joyent will be able to take advantage of Samsung’s scale of business, global footprint, financial muscle and its brand power. Joyent will operate as a standalone company under Samsung and continue providing cloud infrastructure and software services to its customers.
Samsung’s Global Innovation Center spearheaded this acquisition for Samsung’s Mobile Communications business. “We work closely with startups to bring new software and services into Samsung, and one of the ways we do this is by driving strategic acquisitions,” said David Eun, President of Samsung’s Global Innovation Center. “Joyent is a great example of a leading and disruptive technology company that will make unique contributions to Samsung while benefitting from Samsung’s global scale and reach.”
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