Novell ready for acquisitions?

Do you want Novell to buy you? I didn't think so.

Novell got a nice influx of cash when they made their deal with the devil (er, Microsoft) and BusinessWeek says that the company is now ready to start spending some of that cash on acquisitions.

The problem is that there aren't a whole lot of companies that are complementary in a meaningful way.

Raven Zachary at 451 Group suggests that Novell might be interested in one of the open source system management vendors like Hyperic and Zenoss. This makes sense but won't bring meaningful revenue--and both of those companies will be worth a lot more down the road (especially considering Hyperic's recent customer wins .)

So, then who or what does Novell buy? They missed on virtualization with Xensource and they have no apparent SOA or app server strategy.

My suggestion? Buy up all the .NET open source companies and become the center of the open source Microsoft universe. There isn't a whole lot else that will be meaningful and since Novell already went to the dark side they should be happy as the Darth Vader of open source.

About the author

Dave Rosenberg has more than 15 years of technology and marketing experience that spans from Bell Labs to startup IPOs to open-source and cloud software companies. He is CEO and founder of Nodeable, co-founder of MuleSoft, and managing director for Hardy Way. He is an adviser to DataStax, IT Database, and Puppet Labs.


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