Deals done this past week

31 May 2010

An overview of the week in deals in the Irish technology sector, including Logitech’s partnership with Google TV.

Logitech partners with Google TV for set-top box

Peripherals and computer accessories manufacturer Logitech is one of the first official partners to work with Google TV and is soon releasing a set-top box running Google’s new web/TV interface software.

Logitech was the first partner to announce availability of a retail companion box for Google TV, which is compatible with its existing Harmony TV remote.

The set-top box will come with a remote control that combines a compact keyboard, remote control and touchpad.

IBM to buy Sterling Commerce for US$1.4bn

IBM is to buy Sterling Commerce from AT&T for US$1.4bn in cash in a move that will expand the technology giant’s ability to help organisations build more intelligent and dynamic business networks.

Sterling Commerce’s technology helps organisations automate the way they connect and communicate with customers, partners and suppliers both on-premise or through cloud-computing delivery models.

Tesco subsidiary signs €140,000 managed hosting deal

Tesco Diets, an online subscription-based weight loss service, has relocated its IT infrastructure to a Dublin data centre that will reduce its hosting costs by 34pc and lower its power consumption by 70pc.

The company signed the deal, which is valued at €140,000 over three years, with the Dublin-based data centre operator Servecentric. The contract involved moving Tesco Diets’ IT infrastructure from a US location to a European hosting site.

Tesco Diets is part of the Tesco Group and the company said it made the move in order to meet its strategy for business growth, as it has been adding members rapidly in Ireland and the UK who avail of its online personalised diet plans and fitness programmes.