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.

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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 

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