Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Ericsson to Acquire NodePrime for Hyperscale Data Center Automation

Ericsson agreed to acquire NodePrime, a start-up offering a hyperscale data center management platform. The company is based in San Francisco.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

NodePrime's mission is to enable companies to centrally view, diagnose and control their IT infrastructure in minutes using tools similar to those used by Google and Facebook. The idea is to fix the current siloed approach to machine data collection and automation, by allowing systems administrators to rapidly reduce the amount of time spent provisioning and managing the lifecycle of data centers. It provides a full stack of data, tools and APIs across disparate platform and hardware vendors.

NodePrime is integrated into the Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000. The software enables discovery, analysis and automated configuration of existing and new datacenter hardware platforms. This allows datacenters to become hyperscale and adopt distributed infrastructure.

Ericsson said that by acquiring Nodeprime's competence, it will reduce sourcing risk and secure control of roadmap direction and acceleration.

James Malachowski, co-founder and CEO of NodePrime said: "Our vision from the start was to transform the infrastructure into a single entity where it's entirely possible to grasp the management of hyperscale data center infrastructure through the collection of trillions of associated metrics inside one view.

Anders Lindblad, Vice President, Head of Business Unit Cloud & IP said: "We at Ericsson continue to accelerate the creation of the software defined datacenter market, to benefit our customers. NodePrime has unique talent and was a clear choice to bring inside Ericsson. We believe in innovation coming from the Silicon Valley area and will continue to increase our presence and distribution of such innovation"

In October 2015, NodePrime announced $7 million in seed funding. Investors included Menlo Ventures, NEA, Formation 8, Ericsson, Initialized Capital, Crosslink Capital and TEEC Angel Fund. NodePrime said SAP, Ericsson and GoDaddy were already using its platform.


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