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Recent Acquisitions of note & Watch Out ! 2010 Will Be The Year of The BuyOut

Submitted by on November 15, 2009 – 8:25 amNo Comment

2009 has seen a great deal of action especially in the hot, hot, hot virtualization arena.

We have seen Oracle grab Sun.  Oracle swallowed (and digested) the tiny minnow, VirtualIron.

Today, CA completed its acquisition of NetQoS, a provider of network performance management and service delivery management solutions.

The number of buyout / acquisitions will accelerate in 2010.  There will be continued consolidation in the traditional VAR/reseller area, distribution, and 2010 will see the fire sale of all fire sales as VC’s, angels and others pull the plug on many failed start-ups.

A few recent acquisitions are noted below.

August – VMware enters into a definitive agreement to acquire SpringSource, a leader in enterprise and web application development and management.
September,  GlassHouse Technologies has announced it has acquired UK-based virtualization infrastructure consulting company,  Systems Group Integration (SGI). The acquisition broadens GlassHouse’s existing virtualization capabilities by combining vendor experience with analysis tools, helping customers realise ROI, increase efficiencies and reduce carbon emissions in their IT environments.

October, CBE Technologies, acquired GreenPages Government Division, a leading provider of product procurement services, project services, and maintenance and managed IT services for state, local, and education (SLED) institutions.

November 05, 2009—GreenPages Technology Solutions, a national IT consulting and integration company, announced that it is has acquired the VAR division of Boston-based Managed Technology Partners (MTP)—a move that accelerates GreenPages’ unified communications, virtualization, and data center strategy.

December 2, 2009  – Par 4 Technology Group, a leading provider of virtualization and data management IT solutions announced Monday the acquisition of Flytrap Technologies (HQ Tolland, CT with Data Center & Network Operating Center in Willimantic, CT) a virtualization, storage, professional services and managed/cloud services company. The acquisition will be a stock only transaction and the combined company will operate under the Par 4 Technology Group name.

This seems to be a natural and smart move. 

Par 4 has been growing rapidly over the past 6 months or so and making in-roads into the virtualization space, especially with very large enterprise accounts.  FlyTrap’s execellent reputation as a professional services organization should help Par4 begin to build a services & consulting operation.