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ChannelE2E provides news on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), funding, IPOs and other milestones for CSPs, MSPs, VARs, ISVs and technology partners in the IT channel.

UK MSP Acquisition: Roc Technologies Buys Esteem Systems

Roc Technologies acquires Esteem Systems. Combined managed services provider (MSP) & cloud consulting firm ranks among the UK’s largest IT service providers.

Accounting Firm Acquires Two IT Consulting Companies

Accounting firm Richey May acquires two IT consulting firms (Arrow Partnership & Corporate Blue) for cloud, managed IT and security services.

ServiceNow Acquires FriendlyData: Speech-Driven Search for ITSM

ServiceNow acquires FriendlyData & natural language query (NLQ) technology. Here’s how speech-driven search may change IT service management (ITSM) & help desks.

AppRiver Acquires Endpoint Security Provider Total Defense

AppRiver acquires Total Defense for consumer & small business endpoint security. MSP-friendly software companies push deeper into cybersecurity.

Auvik Acquires Talaia for MSP Network Traffic Analytics Software

Auvik Networks acquires Talaia for network traffic analytics software. MSPs (managed services providers) will gain deeper network traffic visibility capabilities, Auvik CEO Marc Morin asserts.

Central Office Systems Acquires Attivo Technologies

Central Office Systems (COS), a Wisconsin-based printing solutions provider and the region’s largest Konica Minolta dealer, has acquired Attivo Technologies for an undisclosed sum.

Contegix Acquires Atlassian Partner Equip

Contegix acquires Equip, uniting the cloud application services provider with a major Atlassian professional services firm.

Computacenter’s FusionStorm Buyout: Reasonable MSP Valuation

Computacenter acquires FusionStorm for roughly 7.4 times annual adjusted EBITDA — a reasonable valuation to gain a big U.S. managed services provider (MSP) footprint with Cisco & HP Enterprise partner experience.

Cloudera, Hortonworks Merger: Big Data Opportunities, Challenges

Cloudera & Hortonworks will merge to create a $720 million big data software company. The deal pursues cloud data management growth opportunities, but also includes cost-cutting measures amid overlapping products. Among the deal’s critics: Rival MapR.

M&A: Six MSPs, MSSPs and IT Solutions Providers Acquired

Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity among IT service providers continues to accelerate. These six MSPs, MSSPs, CSPs and ISVs have negotiated and/or announced buyout deals in recent days.