What HNA Group Acquiring Ingram Micro Means for Odin, Cloud Business

In this second opinion piece I wrote for Channel Partners Online, I look at the cloud market and analyse the impact that HNA’s acquisition of Ingram Micro is going to have.

HNA’s move certainly fits in the recent trend of Chinese companies “shopping” abroad, acquiring big names in the tech space. While the current turbulence around the yuan and volatility of the Chinese internal market have certainly played a role in creating this trend, it is quite clear that cash-rich Chinese companies are also genuinely interested in acquiring technologies that they can leverage with their own products and in growing in new markets, such as North America and Europe. The proposed acquisition of Norwegian browser maker Opera by a group of Chinese companies for $1.2 billion is another example of this growing trend.

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Ingram Micro, Odin, Microsoft & Cloud Hosting: A Perfect Storm

This opinion piece I wrote covering Ingram Micro’s acquisition of Odin was one of the top stories on Channel Partners Online in January 2016.

Ingram Micro recently announced it is acquiring the Odin Service Automation platform from Parallels. It’s a very interesting piece of news, particularly in the context of a more general trend of consolidation in the cloud hosting industry. As cloud-based services become more widely adopted and commoditized, there is a movement toward fewer, very large players fighting for domination. It’s a battle that has already seen quite illustrious casualties, including HPE, which decided to give up trying to compete with its own offering and become a premium partner of Microsoft Azure.

What’s the relationship between Odin and Ingram Micro, and how does Microsoft come into the picture?

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