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The 15 Biggest News Stories Of 2015

Megamergers, failed acquisitions and companies splitting in two seemed to dominate the headlines in 2015. CRN takes a look at the news stories that captured our attention in 2015.

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12. Venture Capital Flows To Big Data, Security Startups

In an echo of the days, venture capital firms seemed especially eager to give money to IT startups this year. In CRN's monthly "Follow the Money" roundup of funding announcements, some 15 startups closed funding rounds of $100 million or more, with announcements in the $50 million to $100 million range downright routine. Some of the funding announcements put the startups' market capitalizations at more than $1 billion -- what's become known as "unicorn" valuations.

Big data startups pulled in some of the biggest hauls, including Domo ($200 million in Series D funding in April) and Palantir Technologies (a stunning $450 million private equity round in July). Security startups were also hot, including Tanium ($52 million in March and $120 million more in September), Zscaler ($125 million in August and September) and CrowdStrike (a $100 million Series C round in July).

Also hot on the VC financing front were next-generation storage technology builders like Infinidat ($150 million in April) and Tintri ($125 million in August), converged infrastructure vendors led by SimpliVity ($175 million in March), and cloud software developers such as Zuora ($115 million in March) and FinancialForce ($110 million in March).

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