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In Pictures: IT deal book of 2013

Our running list of mergers and acquisitions

  • 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.

  • Category: Data Analytics Buyer: Actian Acquisition: Pervasive Software Why: Actian, formerly Ingres, is looking to beef up its offerings in the area of "big data" with the purchase of Pervasive Software, which sells software for data management and analysis. Based in Austin, Texas, Pervasive sells analytics software including Data Rush. Actian claims over 10,000 customers that use its software products such as Action Apps to manage large volumes of data.

  • Category: Network Management for Service Providers Buyer: Cisco Acquisition: Intucell Why: Intucell provides self-optimizing network (SON) software used by mobile carriers to plan, configure, manage, optimize and heal cellular networks automatically. Cisco purchased this privately held Israeli company to bolster its offerings for service providers. Cisco intends to use Intucell technology to add a critical network intelligence layer to manage and optimize spectrum, coverage and capacity. Intucell is an Israeli startup funded by Bessemer Venture Partners.

  • Category: IT Services Buyer: Hitachi Consulting Acquisition: Celerant Consulting Why: Hitachi Consulting, an IT and management consulting firm, acquired UK-based Celerant Consulting to help expand its European, North American and South American presence. Celerant has 15 offices globally and 600 employees. Celerant’s experience is in chemical, consumer, energy, industrial, life sciences, metals and mining sectors. Hitachi Consulting employs 5,000 professionals across 12 countries.

  • Category: storage Buyer: Imation Acquisition: Nexsan Why: Imation, a storage and data security company, gains a portfolio of disk-based and hybrid disk and solid-state storage systems that it expects will accelerate its growth in the small and midsize business and distributed enterprise storage markets.

  • Category: IT Services Buyer: Kovarus Acquisition: Back Office Architects Why: IT systems integrator Kovarus has purchased Back Office Architects to bolster its capabilities in the areas of Microsoft application integration and virtualization. Back Office Architects is an IT services firm that specializes in Windows Server, Active Directory and Exchange implementations for enterprise customers. Kovarus plans to expand its cloud services offerings through the Back Office Architects acquisition. Kovarus is based in San Ramon, Calif., with offices in the Sacramento, Seattle, Denver and Atlanta areas.

  • Category: E-Commerce Software Buyer: NetSuite Acquisition: Retail Anywhere Why: NetSuite bought point-of-sale vendor Retail Anywhere to expand the capabilities of its SuiteCommerce platform for both e-commerce and physical retail stores, where Retail Anywhere excels. Retail Anywhere’s software runs on standard point-of-sale hardware as well as iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices. NetSuite sells cloud-based ERP, CRM and other enterprise applications to more than 12,000 companies worldwide from its Silicon Valley headquarters.

  • Category: Unified Communications Buyer: Oracle Acquisition: Acme Packet Why: Acme Packet is the leading provider of session border control technology, which enables trusted delivery of voice, data and unified communications services and applications across IP networks. The acquisition gives Oracle an edge in the migration to devices, applications and services running on all-IP networks. Oracle plans to integrate Acme’s offerings with its own communications product portfolio. Based in Bedford, Mass., Acme Packet has more than 1,900 customers in 100 countries served by five overseas offices.

  • Category: Security Buyer: Procera Networks Acquisition: Vinyard Networks Why: Procera Networks sells network intelligence systems that enforce security, traffic management and other policies. Vinyard Networks is a leader in deep packet inspection tools sold on an OEM basis to the enterprise market. Procera plans to extend its network policy enforcement devices, dubbed PacketLogic Solutions, into the area of deep packet inspection with its acquisition of Vinyard Networks. Based in Fremont, Calif., Procera Networks is a publicly traded company that earned $15.6 million in revenues last year. Vinyard Networks is based in Kelowna, British Columbia, has 34 employees and is expected to earn $4 million in revenue in 2013.

  • Category: Web optimization Buyer: Radware Acquisition: Strangeloop Why: Strangeloop’s Web acceleration technology will enhance Radware’s application delivery controllers.

  • Category: Application Acceleration Buyer: Violin Memory Acquisition: Gridiron Systems Why: Violin Memory sells flash-based storage systems that are used to bring storage performance in-line with high-speed applications, servers and networks. Violin Memory is expanding its offerings with the purchase of GridIron Systems, which offers solutions for accelerating enterprise applications including online transaction processing, data analytics, data warehousing and virtualization. Violin Memory executives said the purchase was driven by Gridiron’s intellectual property, including patented algorithms that accelerate applications in data center storage area networks. Violin Memory is based in Mountain View, Calif. , with offices in New Jersey, the England, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney and Beijing. GridIron Systems is a venture-based startup in Sunnyvale, Calif.

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