Strategic Tech Slideshow: IT Vendor Consolidation: Fast Facts for CIOs

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 08-25-2010

Dell, HP Pursue 3PAR

In Brief: Dell announced in mid-August, in what seemed to be a done deal, that it would acquire virtual-storage company 3PAR for $1.15 billion. On August 23, HP announced its own bid for 3PAR, a whopping 33 percent premium on Dell's offer. At press time, 3PAR hadn't decided on a suitor.

Dell, HP Pursue 3PAR

Dell, HP Pursue 3PAR

The CIO Insight: Watch closely. 3PAR offers one of the better virtual-storage solutions available. There is no way to know at this stage whether Dell or HP would maintain the service as is, or decide to change it up.

Dell, HP Pursue 3PAR

Intel Acquires McAfee

In Brief: Intel announced August 19 that it plans to acquire McAfee for $7.68 billion. The deal, if approved, would see McAfee operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel.

Intel Acquires McAfee

Intel Acquires McAfee

The CIO Insight: Do you need to protect data in an increasingly mobile business environment? McAfee's mobile-security services were a key driver in this deal, and Intel is banking on a mobile future. The acquisition could position Intel to deliver end-to-end information security in innovative new ways.

Intel Acquires McAfee

Symantec Buys VeriSign Business

In Brief: Symantec acquired VeriSign's authentication and security business for $1.28 billion in May. The acquisition is official, and the division is operating as a part of Symantec.

Symantec Buys VeriSign Business

Symantec Buys VeriSign Division

The CIO Insight: Symantec plans to integrate VeriSign's SSL Certificate Services into its existing server security suite. You'll want to ask:• What will VeriSign's technology really add to your server's security?• What will Symantec do about the parts of VeriSign's authentication technology that haven't performed so well?

Symantec Buys VeriSign Division

HP Buys Fortify

In Brief: HP announced that it had acquired Fortify Software for an undisclosed sum in early August. The acquisition is expected to close later this year. Fortify's products will be integrated into HP's Business Technology Optimization division.

HP Buys Fortify

HP Buys Fortify

The CIO Insight: HP will offer enterprises the ability to keep up on compliance regulations and fold the firm's security assurance services into existing infrastructure. If you don't already have that in place, HP can now offer a one-stop solution.

HP Buys Fortify

SAP Acquires Sybase

In Brief: SAP acquired Sybase for approximately $5.8 billion in a deal that closed this summer and has Sybase operating as an independent unit of SAP.

SAP Acquires Sybase

SAP Acquires Sybase

The CIO Insight: The companies announced their roadmap earlier this month, but new solutions aren't expected for some time. The three priorities are enterprise mobility, analytics, and enterprise information management services. If these matter to you, then this is one to watch.

SAP Acquires Sybase

VMware Acquires Zimbra

In Brief: Cloud vendor VMware acquired Zimbra in January for $100 million. The acquisition is closed, and the open-source messaging platform is now a division of VMware.

VMware Acquires Zimbra

VMware Acquires Zimbra

The CIO Insight: If you're not already using Zimbra, it's one to consider. For the enterprise, Zimbra's messaging platform enables VMware to deliver one of the better cloud services in the space.

VMware Acquires Zimbra

Antenna Buys Vaultus

In Brief: Antenna Software bought Vaultus in April for an undisclosed sum. The deal positions Antenna to expand from mobilizing b2b enterprise applications into the far bigger world of b2c mobility.

Antenna Buys Vaultus

Antenna Buys Vaultus

The CIO Insight: If you are a CIO are encountering demand from the business side to deliver b2b and b2c mobility, Antenna's Vaultus acquisition is good news. Although Vaultus operates as its own business unit, combined offerings could enhance your ability to mobilize and integrate core business applications for your workforce and your customers.

Antenna Buys Vaultus

IBM Acquries Storwize

In Brief: IBM acquired Storwize for an undisclosed sum in July with plans to bolster its compression services and help companies save on additional storage.

IBM Acquries Storwize

IBM Acquries Storwize

The CIO Insight: As massive amounts of data pile up, you'll need to access all that content without spending extra cash on storage. Storwize could be a strong alternative to virtual-storage services. This acquisition matters if you're investing in IBM technology; Storwize adds to the value proposition.

IBM Acquries Storwize

HP Buys Palm

In Brief: HP acquired Palm for $1.2 billion in April. As the deal closed, all of Palm's key players, as well as HP CEO Mark Hurd, departed the organization. So, what will become of Palm?

HP Buys Palm

HP Buys Palm

The CIO Insight: This is one to watch as you weigh mobility options. Rumors abound about a Palm WebOS-based tablet coming soon. HP is also positioned to deliver a viable, enterprise-worthy BlackBerry alternative.

HP Buys Palm

Google Buys DocVerse

In Brief: Google acquired DocVerse for a reported $25 million in March. The acquisition will allow the company to bridge the gap between its cloud-based Google Docs and Microsoft Office.

Google Buys DocVerse

Google Buys DocVerse

The CIO Insight: Google Docs has not caught on with many corporate customers even though its collaboration technology is widely regarded as top-notch. DocVerse offers enterprise-ready enhancements that may open corporate doors.

Google Buys DocVerse