2014 tech merger madness

Our ongoing timeline of the biggest & most interesting network industry M&A deals

A summary of who did the buying, who got bought, how much they went for and why. We'll be updating as more deals are made.

RELATED: Look back at 2013’s tech M&A deals

atos xerox

Atos buys Xerox IT oursourcing business

Why: Xerox is looking to focus on higher growth areas like business process outsourcing, while Atos will bolster its already huge outsourcing business.
Related story: Xerox to sell IT outsourcing arm to France's Atos for $1.05 billion 

oracle datalogix

Oracle buys Datalogix

Why: "The addition of Datalogix to the Oracle Data Cloud will provide data-driven marketers the most valuable targeting and measurement solution available," said Omar Tawakol, Group Vice President and General Manager of Oracle Data Cloud, in a statement.
Related story: Oracle acquires data tracking firm Datalogix

cisco neohapsis

Cisco buys Neohapsis

Why: Neohapsis brings to the table mobile and cloud security expertise and offers a range of services including payment card industry (PCI), HIPAA and HITECH compliance, security assessment, penetration testing, incident response and risk management.

Related story:  Cisco buying Neohapsis to boost security services

microsoft acompli

Microsoft buys Accompli

Why: To boost cross-platform messaging support, including for iOS and Android devices.

Related story: Microsoft buys Acompli to enhance Outlook for iOS, Android

intel passwordbox

Intel buys PasswordBox

Why: Intel Security plans to use PasswordBox’s one-click login system for mobile devices and browsers to reduce what it calls “password fatigue.”

Related story: To relieve 'password fatigue,' Intel buys identity management company

microsoft aorato

Microsoft buys Aorato

Why: Aorato’s machine learning technology is expected to bolster Microsoft Active Directory security.

Related story:  Microsoft to boost Active Directory protection with Aorato acquisition

proofpoint nextgate

Proofpoint - Nextgate

Why: Nextgate's security/compliance technology for social media channels supplements Proofpoint’s security-as-a-service offerings.

Related story:  Proofpoint Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Nexgate, Enters Social Media Security and Compliance Market

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Good Technology - Macheen

Why: Bolsters Good’s BYOD offerings with cloud-based mobile management software for applying corporate policies to address bandwidth usage and pricing.

Related story:  Good Technology acquires Macheen, bolsters BYOD efforts


Buyer: SAP

Acquisition: Concur

Why: Builds out SAP’s portfolio of cloud apps, in this case, business travel and expense software.

Related story: SAP buying Concur for $8.3 billion to boost cloud portfolio

Buyer: Red Hat

Acquisition: FeedHenry

Why: From Red Hat’s point of view, FeedHenry is a natural fit with the company’s strengths in enterprise middleware and PaaS (platform-as-a-service). It adds better mobile capabilities to the JBoss Middleware portfolio and OpenShift PaaS offerings, Red Hat said.

Related story: Red Hat acquires FeedHenry to get mobile app chops


Buyer: Cisco

Acquisition: Memoir Systems

Why: Cisco says: “This acquisition will enable the proliferation of affordable, fast memory for existing Cisco switch ASICs and will help advance Cisco’s ASIC innovations necessary to meet next-generation IT requirements."

Related story: Cisco improves its memory by acquiring Memoir Systems 


Buyer: Microsoft

Acquisition: Mojang (Minecraft maker)

Why: Ask your kids why Microsoft would want to buy the maker of the top Xbox game…

Related story: Microsoft buys Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5 billion


Buyer: Brocade

Acquisition: Vistapointe’s network visibility and analytics technology assets

Why: Brocade says the acquisition enables it to address emerging opportunities and requirements of service provider customers, especially global Mobile Network Operators.

Related story: Brocade buys NFV mobile analytics assets


Buyer:  BlackBerry

Acquisition: Movirtu

Why: Movirtu’s virtual SIM offering allows multiple numbers to be active on a single device, a capability BlackBerry could use to make its offering fit better into Bring Your Own Device environments.

Related story: BlackBerry Acquires Movirtu to Improve Adoption of BYOD and COPE


Buyer: HP

Acquisition: Eucalyptus

Why: Better enables HP’s internal and external cloud offerings to work on OpenStack.

Related story: HP buys cloud provider Eucalyptus, Marten Mickos to lead HP Cloud

Acquisition: TwinStrata

Buyer: EMC

Why: EMC plans to embed TwinStrata's CloudArray into its new VMAX3 enterprise data service platform, helping companies get access to infrequently access cloud data for lower costs.

Related story: EMC acquires TwinStrata to push corporate data into the cloud

Buyer: LogMeIn

Acquisition: Meldium

Why: Adds security, in the form of single sign-on services, to LogMeIn’s cloud-based offerings for SMBs.

Related story: LogMeIn Acquires San Francisco-Based Meldium for $15M to Add Single-Sign-On Services 

Red Hat

Acquisition: eNovance

Buyer: Red Hat

Why: Red Hat says eNovance's systems integration capabilities and engineering talent will help Red hat meet growing demand for enterprise OpenStack consulting, design and deployment.

Related story: Red Hat to Acquire eNovance, a Leader in OpenStack Integration Services


Acquisition: CryptoSeal

Buyer: CloudFlare

Why: CloudFlare says buying the provider of VPN services for businesses will extend its security services to Web users.

Related story: CloudFlare acquires enterprise VPN provider CryptoSeal


Acquisition: Droptalk

Buyer: Dropbox

Why: Private link sharing apps for Chrome (to be followed by iOS and Android) that might fit nicely with Dropbox's storage services.

Related story: Dropbox Acquires Stealth Messaging Startup Droptalk


Acquisition: Cognea

Buyer: IBM

Why: IBM plans to roll Cognea's virtual assistant software capabilities into its Watson cognitive computing platform.

Related story: IBM buys Cognea, will add its virtual assistant technology to Watson

TW Telecom

Acquisition: TW Telecom

Buyer: Level 3

Why: So Level 3 can boost its metropolitan footprint of fixed networks.

Related story: Level 3 buying TW Telecom for $5.7 billion to upgrade metro coverage


Acquisition: Capptain

Buyer: Microsoft

Why: Microsoft plans to boost its Azure cloud services with its acquisition of Paris-based Capptain, whose product helps developers track and analyze usage of their Web and mobile apps and implement customer retention strategies.

Related story: Microsoft buys Capptain for mobile analytics, cloud services


Acquisition: Gazzang

Buyer: Cloudera

Why: Cloudera will incorporate technology from its acquisition of encryption software provider Gazzang into Apache Hadoop so that industries with stringent security regulations can use the big-data processing platform.

Related story: Gazzang buy gives end-to-end encryption for Cloudera Hadoop


Acquisition: Divide

Buyer: Google

Why: Could bolster Google's business apps by allowing workers to consolidate professional and personal apps onto the device they already have, providing encryption along the way for the business apps and data.

Related story:   Google looks to unite work and pleasure by acquiring Divide

Fixmo\'s security business

Acquisition: Fixmo's security business

Buyer: Good

Why: Good will integrate Fixmo Sentinel Integrity Services and other key products with its platform to better enable IT organizations to monitor mobile devices to ensure that only trusted and approved applications are running on them.

Related story: Good steps up mobile security push with Fixmo acquisition, new tools


Acquisition: ThreatGRID

Buyer: Cisco

Why: ThreatGRID’s products will enhance the malware protection portfolio obtained from Cisco’s acquisition of Sourcefire in 2013.

Related story: Cisco to acquire malware prevention company

Fusion IO

Acquisition: Fusion IO

Buyer: SanDisk

Why: "Fusion-io will accelerate our efforts to enable the flash-transformed data center, helping companies better manage increasingly heavy data workloads at a lower total cost of ownership," SanDisk CEO Sanjay Mehrotra said.

Related story: SanDisk to buy enterprise flash storage specialist Fusion-io for $1.1 billion


Acquisition: GreenBytes

Buyer: Oracle

Why: Oracle says GreenBytes technology complements its ZFS Storage Appliances, based on technology Oracle obtained via its Sun buyout.

Related story: Oracle acquires storage startup GreenBytes

Cavium Acquires Its Way to SDN

BUYER: Cavium

ACQUISITION: Xpliant, Inc.

WHY: Cavium, a previous investor in Xpliant, wants the smaller company’s high-end switch silicon under its own roof, to help beef up Cavium’s smart infrastructure chips.

RELATED STORY: Cavium Acquires Its Way to SDN

Micro Focus

Buyer: Micro Focus

Acquisition: Attachmate Group (including Novell)

Why: The mainframe software maker will be bringing a collection of enterprise infrastructure software under one roof.

Related story: Micro Focus buying Novell, Suse Linux owner for $1.2 billion


Buyer: Oracle

Acquisition: Front Porch Digital

Why: The combination of Oracle with Front Porch is expected to create an enterprise-grade cloud and on-premise content storage management offering to help organizations manage the migration, integration, storage, and delivery of rich media content, Oracle said.

Related story: Oracle to acquire content storage management company Front Porch Digital


Buyer: Cisco

Acquisition: Metacloud

Why: Cisco says Metacloud will augment its strategy to build a network of clouds stitched together from Cisco and partner offerings to deliver a distributed platform to support the company’s Internet of Everything initiative.

Related story: Cisco acquires OpenStack cloud provider


Buyer: Microsoft

Acquisition: Parature

Why: To incorporate in Microsoft Dynamics CRM a customer service portal and introduce more options for customers seeking to reach customer service reps.

RELATED: Microsoft to buy Parature to bulk up Dynamics CRM



Buyer: FireEye

Acquisition: Mandiant

Why: FireEye indicated its intent to further integrate its virtual machine execution engine used to dynamically detect zero-day malware threats with Mandiant’s endpoint software for threat detection, response and forensics.

Related story: A look at FireEye's Mandiant buy: Game changer or not?

Motorola Solutions

Buyer: Motorola Solutions

Acquisition: Twisted Pair Solutions

Why: “We recognize that our customers have multiple communications technology options for connecting land mobile radios, wireless broadband networks and smart devices. The acquisition of Twisted Pair enables Motorola Solutions to address all of those choices and accelerate push-to-talk expansion across multiple technologies,” according to Motorola.

Related story: Motorola Solutions buys IP push-to-talk vendor to span PCs, phones, radios



Buyer: Oracle

Acquisition: Corente

Why: Will extend Oracle network virtualization technology from LANs into the WAN.

Related story: Oracle buys Corente for software-defined networking 

Palo Alto Networks

Buyer: Palo Alto Networks

Acquisition: Morta Security

Why: Palo Alto says Morta has developed techniques for detecting and remediating malware, and Palo Alto intends to integrate the technology into its next-generation firewall platform either as a cloud service or directly on the Palo Alto firewall platform.

Related story: Palo Alto buys stealthy startup with NSA roots 


Buyer: Citrix

Acquisition: Framehawk

Why: Will use the company's technology to improve the performance of virtual desktops and applications over wireless networks.

Related story: Citrix buys Framehawk to give virtual desktops a boost



Buyer: Google

Acquisition: Nest

Why: Details are unclear, but look for Google to use the buyout to bring more of its services into the connected home via Nest’s smart thermometers and other offerings.

Related story: Google snaps up connected home company Nest 


Buyer: Ricoh

Acquisition: MindShift Technologies

Why: Enables office equipment company Ricoh to expand its services business via MindShift’s selection of cloud-based and other offerings.

Related story: Ricoh to acquire MindShift, a managed services provider for SMBs 


Buyer: VMware

Acquisition: AirWatch

Why: Extends VMware’s product line from data center management to end user device management.

Related story: Why VMware spent $1.5B on AirWatch 


Buyer: Google

Acquisition: DeepMind

Why: Fits with Google’s increased investments in robotics, Internet of Things technologies.

Related story: Google acquires AI company DeepMind 


Buyer: Lenovo

Acquisition: IBM x86 server business

Why: China-based Lenovo bulks up its computing business, which already includes the ThinkPad line acquired from IBM in 2005. IBM’s sell-off allows it to focus on higher-end servers, including those used for cloud computing.

Related story: Lenovo buys IBM’s server business 


Buyer: Bit9

Acquisition: CarbonBlack

Why: Bit9 adds incident response capabilities to its endpoint and server security products.

Related story: Bit9 Buys Carbon Black, Gets $38M to Try to Win Security Arms Race


Buyer: CloudFlare

Acquisition: Stop The Hacker

Why: Stop The Hacker offers a malware scanning service that CloudFlare says will prevent its content distribution system from being used to spread malicious software.

Related story:  CloudFlare acquires StopTheHacker malware scanning service


Buyer: Facebook

Acquisition: Whatsapp

Why: The popular mobile messaging service used by people as an alternative to telecommunications carriers like AT&T and Verizon bolsters Facebook's offerings away from the desktop.

Related story: With WhatsApp, Facebook aims for immediacy


Buyer: FireEye

Acquisition: nPulse Technologies

Why: CEO Dave DeWalt says acquiring nPulse will give FireEye a platform that represents a kind of “flight recorder” for security analytics.

Related story: Fireeye buying nPulse


Buyer: IBM

Acquisition: Cloudant

Why: IBM plans to use BigCouch, Cloudant's hosted version of the Apache CouchDB open source data store, for its big data and analytics products and services.

Related story: IBM buys NoSQL cloud provider Cloudant


Buyer: Microsoft

Acquisition: Nokia Devices and Services division

Why: Microsoft's acquisition of the Nokia business unit should help introduce the Windows Phone operating system to a wider base of users, through Nokia's Lumia line of smartphones running the OS.

Related story: Microsoft closes Nokia acquisition


Buyer: Rakuten (Japan)

Acquisition: Viber

Why:  The Viber instant messaging and calling app fits into Rakuten's aim to become the world's biggest Internet services company.

Related story: Rakuten to buy Internet messaging app Viber for $900 million

Red Hat Software

Buyer: Red Hat Software

Acquisition: Inktank

Why: Red Hat wants to become the leading provider of open software-defined storage by adding Inktank's Ceph products to its own GlusterFS-based storage offering.

Related story: Red Hat to acquire Ceph open-source storage provider Inktank


Buyer: Tibco

Acquisition: Jaspersoft

Why: The deal will give Tibco a widely used embedded BI (business-intelligence) suite to sell alongside its existing Spotfire analytics product.

Related story: Tibco scoops up analytics vendor Jaspersoft for $185 million


Buyer: Google

Acquisition: Stackdriver

Why: Specializes in monitoring, boosting cloud workload performance — something Google could use as it battles Amazon Web Services and others in the cloud services market.

Related story: Google snaps up Stackdriver and its cloud analysis expertise


Buyer: EMC

Acquisition: DSSD

Why: The Silicon  Valley startup has developed technology for pooling server-based flash for high-performance data access. The company will help EMC to tackle challenges in making flash capacity on servers into shared storage capacity.

Related story: EMC acquires flash storage startup DSSD

Buyer: Proofpoint

Acquisition: NetCitadel

Why: To gain NetCitadel’s automated incident response technology that prioritizes security incidents.

Related Story: Proofpoint acquired NetCitadel