Another month has past and again a lot has happened in our world.

  • MYOB was sold for $1.2 billion.  Bain Capital had beaten off Sage and agreed to buy the MYOB accounting software business for a reported $1.2 billion.
  • HP kills off WebOS  Less than 4 days after its release the HP TouchPad was discontinued. This lead to many fire sales around town & prices as low as $99. At this price reports were they flew out the door… just goes to show there is plenty of demand for a tablet – hopefully manufacturers are listening as the price point needs to drop to make these viable for the masses.
  • Google makes a play for Motorola in a $12.5 billion deal. Google announced that it is acquiring Motorola Mobility. The search and online advertising giant is buying the company for approximately $12.5 billion in cash. The price represents a premium of approximately 63 percent to the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares last Friday. Google had approximately $39 billion in cash at last count.

“The acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a dedicated Android partner, will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing. Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business.”

A few years ago, Motorola bet its future in the mobile devices market by going full Android, launching the “Droid” on 6th November, 2009. The Droid X and Droid 2 followed in 2010.

The big question now is: how will other manufacturer such as HTC, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and other Android device makers respond?

Back closer to home – last newsletter we provided an over view on the private cloud, an explanation on what it is and what it can do for business. This month we’ll look at Server virtualisation and in the coming months we’ll look at how we can potentially bring these two powerful components together.

Warm Regards,

Adam Rippon
Chief Executive Officer
Sydney Technology Solutions