Samsung buys into the cloud

cloudSamsung has bought Joyent – a public and private cloud outfit giving the telly maker access to its own cloud platform capable of supporting its growing lineup of mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud-based software and services.

Injong Rhee, CTO of the Mobile Communications business at Samsung Electronics said that Samsung evaluated a wide range of potential companies in the public and private cloud infrastructure space with a focus on leading-edge scalable technology and talent.

“In Joyent, we saw an experienced management team with deep domain expertise and a robust cloud technology validated by some of the largest Fortune 500 customers,” Rhee said.

Cloud computing is key to providing smartphone and IoT users with reliable services and experiences on their devices. Joyent will allow  Samsung to scale its own cloud infrastructure and services as it continues to innovate with new software and technologies.

It gets Joyent’s team of technologists, including CEO, Scott Hammond, CTO, Bryan Cantrill, and VP of Product, Bill Fine will join Samsung to work on company-wide cloud initiatives.

Scott Hammond, CEO of Joyent said he was looking forward to working with Samsung. The company’s money will allow it to grow its cloud and software business and provide a partner for innovation in the emerging and fast growing areas of mobile and IoT, including smart homes and connected cars.

“Joyent’s unique combination of container-native infrastructure, object storage, server-less computing, and Node.js expertise is perfectly suited to help Samsung meet the needs of its customers,” he added.

The move might have the existing cloud companies looking over their shoulder. Although the likes of Amazon should not be immediately troubled, Samung makes rather a lot of gear which if integrated to its cloud could take business away from them.