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Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Microsoft announces intent to acquire FAST search. FAST, one of the significant player in the enterprise search space post the Verity acquisition by Autonomy, now bites the dust. FAST has had some financial woes of late – but it has good technology capabilities and a large customer base. FAST specializes in enterprise search –particularly centered around unstructured data and has a enterprise scale application with good deployments to showcase. Microsoft has indeed made the right move. The valuation is at around 6X EV/Sales. Clearly, the acquisition of FAST bolsters Microsoft's positioning in the enterprise search market, making it that much more formidable in its enterprise search business against Google. Lets look at this –Microsoft can now span across the stack –covering the entire back-end infrastructure inside the enterprise and with collaboration tools and search – on paper, it shows formidable strength for someone trying to compete with it.
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