WebRTC World Feature Article

April 01, 2014

Wheelings & Dealings: Telefonica Acquires eyeOS


In an effort to foster technological open standards, Telefonica is acquiring eyeOS, a cloud computing startup offering an open-source browser-based Web desktop.

With the acquisition, Telefonica will be able to offer an open-source desktop virtualization service (DVS) as part of its current cloud software offering.

"The integration of eyeOS into Telefónica will allow us to harness the technological abilities of a great team and develop a new generation of cloud services based on open technologies. These services define a scalable and affordable proposal that meets the needs of public administrations and SMEs among others,” said David del Val, product innovation director at Telefonica and chairman and CEO of Telefonica I+D, in a statement.

eyeOS creates the infrastructure and the application layers. It relies on PHP and JavaScript, and the eyeOS Web private cloud that can be accessed from client desktops via browsers. It’s an application platform that fits within a company’s IT stack, between Engine is eyeOS VDI served into HTML5 browsers. It’s one of the biggest open-source projects in Europe, with more than one million downloads and communities worldwide, has been selected as the preferred open source cloud platform by IBM and named a Gartner Cool Vendor in IT operations management.

Telefonica acquired TokBox in 2012, making its mark in the WebRTC industry. It also supports Firefox OS, one of the leading browsers in WebRTC development.

“The acquisition of eyeOS demonstrates the willingness of a large company like Telefónica to work with start-ups, highlighting its openness to innovation and its ability to seek talent and the best ideas outside of its own structure,” said Pau Garcia-Milà, co-founder of eyeOS. “Telefónica will help eyeOS to not only consolidate and expand its technological proposal, but give it international reach through Telefónica's global network.”




Edited by Cassandra Tucker




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