Telefónica Acquires Cloud Desktop Startup eyeOS.
Spanish Operator Telefónica has announced today that it would be acquiring a cloud startup that provides browser-based desktop as a service capabilities, named eyeOS for an undisclosed amount of cash. Telefónia has commented that this purchase will fortify its cloud strategy by enabling enterprises to virtualize legacy applications and make them more available to users anywhere through the use of cloud.
Originally founded back in 2006, EyeOS provides an open source web-based desktop that serves as a utility that gathers together application and services from a range of software provides, and targets mostly SMEs and local government organisations. User will be able to log in through standard web browsers to view contacts, calenders, and send emails, but platforms can also be supported by much better enterprise-grade software, such as Microsoft’s Office 365 and SAP’s ERP applications.
Telefónica went further on to say that this move will make it more easier for enterprises to digitize their legacy applications and offer them up for cloud platform, and increase the company’s overall cloud strategy. They continued on by saying that this acquisition was part of a much grander strategy to support open software sources technologies, particularly in internet-focused applications.
“The integration of eyeOS into Telefónica will allow us to harness the technological abilities of a great team and develop a new generation of cloud services based on open technologies,” said David del Val, product innovation director at Telefónica and chairman and chief executive officer of Telefónica I+D. “These services define a scalable and affordable proposal that meets the needs of public administrations and SMEs among others.”
Desktop services are supposedly set to increase in 2014 according to analysts, with Critrix, VMware, and Amazon stepping up their game within this area as of recent, and the with the latest acquisition by Telefónica, making them join in on the fray as well. The operator has mentioned that a combination of Maturing web standards, improvements in virtulization technology as well as increased BYOD policy adoption in enterprises have prompted for them to act on what has been viewed as a great opportunity.
Co-founder of eyeOS , Pau Gracia-Mila has said that the acquisition of eyeOS “demonstrates the willingness of a large company like Telefónica to work with start-ups, highlighting its openness to innovation and its ability to seek talent and the best ideas outside of its own structure.”
“Telefónica will help eyeOS to not only consolidate and expand its technological proposal, but give it international reach through Telefónica’s global network,” Garcia-Milà said.
Telefónica, which had been recently awarded for the Telecom,com Best use of Cloud Services award, have also recently revealed a wide-ranged Networking Functions Virtualization programme that it said will see it have more than 30 percent of the new infrastructure virtualized by 2016. The operator is one of the first out of the largest international operators to publicize their move, and commit to any kind of built up time frame for there virtualization of wide ranged network elements.