Mergers and acquisitions are nothing new in the channel, and the spate of consolidation following the 2009 economic recession appears to have slowed. But there are still plenty of deals being made, as 2013 has proven. But instead of financial concerns and economic pressure triggering deals, this year was marked by a flurry of more strategic deals as solution providers of all shapes and sizes sought to build out their off-premise services business by purchasing MSPs or cloud-focused VARs. For example, CSC recently acquired enterprise cloud management player ServiceMesh, while Perficient picked up SaaS specialist CoreMatrix Systems. And Dimension Data parent company NTT Communications made not one but two acquisitions recently, buying Virtela Technology Services and RagingWire for a total of $875 million.