Feeds

Acer makes play for the cloud with iGware acquisition

Internally troubled Taiwanese giant belches up $320m

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Acer is making a play to build out its own cloud infrastructure after forking out $320m for US firm iGware.

The troubled Taiwanese hardware vendor is going through a make-over by top brass following the departure of CEO Gianfranco Lanci at the end of March, before it publicly admitted to inventory woes that would cost it $150m to write down.

The consumer slowdown has impacted Acer's shipment numbers; only last week it was shunted into fourth spot in the global PC leagues, and the firm is trying to reduce its reliance on retail by building a much bigger professional PC and infrastructure outfit.

The deal with Silicon Valley-based iGware – which could rise by a further $75m depending on performance-based earn-out – is the first step on the road to a future outside of pure box-shifting, and provides the basis for the Acer Cloud.

iGware flogs cloud software and infrastructure tools including "device eco-systems, virtual consoles and personal cloud", supporting 100 million consumer devices worldwide including Nintendo Wii, iDS and 3DS and the future Wii U.

"The goal of Acer Cloud is to allow our users enjoy and manage all their ICT devices, contents and resources with ease, by integrating all Acer products including PCs, tablets and smart handheld devices within a safe and secure environment," said Acer CEO JT Wang.

The Acer Cloud will be built on an open platform with hardware and software design integration set to begin in late September, the firm said, adding it expects to launch products that use the Acer Cloud during 2012.

Founder and Chairman at iGware, Dr Wei Yen, said: "This merger will provide a significantly larger platform to further develop and extend our technologies to Acer’s global customers. At the same time, it will allow us to continue working closely with our existing partners and build additional strategic relationships with others." ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
729 teraflops, 71,000-core Super cost just US$5,500 to build
Cloud doubters, this isn't going to be your best day
Want to STUFF Facebook with blatant ADVERTISING? Fine! But you must PAY
Pony up or push off, Zuck tells social marketeers
Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals
By writing a really angry letter about how it's harming our cloud business, ta
You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES
We don't even know where some of them ARE – Maude
SAVE ME, NASA system builder, from my DEAD WORKSTATION
Anal-retentive hardware nerd in paws-on workstation crisis
Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data
Got a supercomputer? Want to simulate a universe? Here you go
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.