The 10 Biggest Tech Acquisitions Of 2013

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8. EMC Acquires ScaleIO

Data storage giant EMC acquired ScaleIO on July 12 for an undisclosed sum. Published reports at the time put the acquisition price between $200 million and $300 million.

ScaleIO was considered a pioneer in the nascent software-defined storage area, and EMC's acquisition of the company was seen as a potential game-changer, disrupting the way businesses purchase storage systems and impacting how the channel sells both storage and cloud computing.

ScaleIO's Elastic Converged Storage technology creates a virtual pool of server-based storage, using any combination of solid-state devices, PCIe flash cards and hard drives. Potentially scaling to thousands of servers, the technology can eliminate the need for a storage area network.

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