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The 10 Biggest Tech Acquisitions Of 2013

CRN looks at the most significant tech acquisitions of 2013, throughout which major IT vendors snapped up suppliers of smartphones, cloud services, security software and big data storage systems.

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10. Western Digital Snaps Up Virident, sTec

Western Digital, a manufacturer of solid-state drives (SSDs) and hard drives, spent more than $1 billion on a pair of acquisitions that stepped up the company's presence in the red-hot flash memory system market.

Most prominent was the announcement in September that Western Digital would buy flash storage developer Virident for about $685 million. While the move strengthened Western Digital's flash storage product portfolio, it was also seen as creating a wedge between Seagate -- Western Digital's arch-rival -- and Virident, which until then had been an important technology and business partner for Seagate. The acquisition was wrapped up Oct. 17.

Earlier in the year, Western Digital struck a deal to buy sTec, an early leader in the SSD market for about $340 million. That acquisition was completed Sept. 17.

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