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40 Tech Deals That Had Big Channel Impact

CRN Staff

CRN reviews 40 of the biggest tech deals that affected the channel: from Novell’s Wordperfect buy to Broadcom’s impending VMware acquisition.

IBM-Red Hat

To leap ahead in the cloud and open source software revolution, on-premises and proprietary software giant IBM closed a $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat in 2019, bringing into its fold the company known for its OpenShift container platform and enterprise Linux operating system offerings.

Red Hat has kept its independence from IBM to protect the platform-agnostic benefits of its offerings, even maintaining a separate partner program and separate conferences in 2022. But for Red Hat partners, the vendor gained a dramatic boost in financial and sales resources by joining IBM’s 380,000-plus employee base.


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