Top 100 Technology Mergers and Acquisitions of 2017: MSPs, CSPs, IT Consulting Firms and More

Welcome to M&A deals 31 through 40 for 2017.

31. Buyer: ePlus Buyer Focus: MSP

  • Seller: IDS
  • Seller Focus: MSP
  • Summary: The acquisition enhances ePlus’ sales and engineering capabilities in cloud services, disaster recovery and backup as a service, storage, data center, and professional services, the companies said.
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32. Buyer: Equinix Buyer Focus: Data Centers

  • Seller: Verizon Data Centers
  • Seller Focus: Data Centers
  • Summary: The $3.6 billion all-cash acquisition involved 29 Verizon data centers across 15 cities.
  • Valuation: $3.6 billion. 
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33. Buyer: Equinix Buyer Focus: Data Centers

  • Seller: Metronode
  • Seller Focus: Data Centers
  • Summary: Equinix acquired Metronode for AUD$1.035 billion or roughly US$792 million, gaining 10 data center facilities across Australia. The deal, subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close in the first half of 2018.
  • Valuation: $792 million.
  • News Analysis

34. Buyer: Employees and Staff (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) Buyer Focus: ESOP

  • Seller: LJT Associates Founder(s)
  • Seller Focus: IT Services
  • Summary: The Columbia, Maryland-based company transitioned to an ESOP this year. LJT currently offers several engineering services, including IT Systems Engineering and Cyberspace Security Support Services — along with a lengthy list of familiar technology services.
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35. Buyer: Evolve IP Buyer Focus: CSP

  • Seller: Azzaron
  • Seller Focus: CSP
  • Summary: Evolve IP acquired Workspace as a Service (WaaS) provider Azzaron Inc. of Mesa, Arizona. This is Evolve IP’s 10th acquisition since about 2007. The Azzaron deal gives Evolve IP a stronger presence in the Southwestern United States, while pushing deeper into the veterinary, construction, and legal vertical markets.
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36. Buyer: Evolve IP Buyer Focus: CSP

  • Seller: Mtel
  • Seller Focus: CSP
  • Summary: The move allows Evolve IP to significantly increase its footprint in Western Europe for technology, sales,and service. Evolve IP also gains 60 associates who have IVR (Interactive Voice Response) and Contact Center experience in such areas as Broadsoft’s UC platform.
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37. Buyer: EvolveIP Buyer Focus: CSP

  • Seller: Clearlogin
  • Seller Focus: Security
  • Summary: Evolve IP, which is making headway in the cloud services market, has acquired Clearlogin, an identity authentication technology provider based in Mountainside, New Jersey. The Evolve IP OneCloud platform will benefit the most from this new acquisition as the company incorporates the product into the platform.
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38. Buyer: F-Secure Buyer Focus: Security

  • Seller: Digital Assurance
  • Seller Focus: Security
  • Summary: The Digital Assurance acquisition will enable F-Secure to combine its endpoint protection and cybersecurity solutions with Digital Assurance’s security testing services, according to F-Secure. Digital Assurance will become part of F-Secure’s cybersecurity services business unit while giving the parent a doorway into the UK market.
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39. Buyer: F12 Buyer Focus: MSP

  • Seller: OnDeck Systems
  • Seller Focus: MSP
  • Summary: This announcement marks F12’s third acquisition for the company in the last two years and the fifth overall — including the 2016 deal to acquire Xcel Professional Services. More M&A deals could be coming. Indeed, F12 has a dedicated place on its website for companies looking to merge.
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40. Buyer: Fidelus Buyer Focus: MSP

  • Seller: Something Digital
  • Seller Focus: Security, Cisco Systems
  • Summary: Fidelus, a Cisco partner that specializes in professional and managed IT services, has acquired the networking and security services group from Something Digital, an interactive agency in New York. The acquisition comes roughly 18 months after Fidelus and Something Digital formalized a partnership in the networking and security sectors.
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