Flexiant buys Tapp for multi-cloud management tech, plans assault on MSP market


The London-based cloud orchestration outfit Flexiant has acquired the Tapp business of Spain’s Besol for an undisclosed cash-and-shares amount, giving it a big boost in multi-cloud management that it hopes will further endear it to managed service providers (MSPs).

Tapp is a RightScale competitor of sorts, and its cloud brokerage system gives Flexiant something that can manage the services of infrastructure providers and orchestrators from Amazon(s amzn) EC2 to OpenStack to VMware(s vmw) to, well, Flexiant. “We’ve been looking at this for 18 months now. We looked at number of vendors in this area to acquire,” Flexiant CEO George Knox told me ahead of Wednesday’s announcement. “It’s well-recognized, mature technology – it would have taken us probably at least 2 years to build this.”

Flexiant’s pitch to the MSP market goes like this: MSPs risk becoming less relevant as end customers go straight to the providers, but it’s a heterogeneous…

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