6 Deals That Have Reshaped The Channel In 2017

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Rackspace's Datapipe Acquisition Further Heats Up Hot Year For Channel M&A

Rackspace on Monday announced an agreement to acquire Datapipe in a blockbuster deal uniting two of the world's largest managed services providers.

The largest acquisition in San Antonio, Texas-based Rackspace's history looks to create an MSP juggernaut with a global data center footprint, broad customer base and deep alliances spanning all hyper-scale cloud operators.

The combined entity will see annual revenue of $2.4 billion, and employ roughly 6,700 people.

Rackspace's Chief Strategy Officer Matt Bradley told CRN that Datapipe's infrastructure, custom-built automation tools, public sector customers, extensive certifications and high-skilled employees would launch Rackspace's managed cloud portfolio to another level.

The Rackspace and Datapipe combination is the latest in a series of major channel M&A deals shifting the managed services landscape in the cloud era. Here are some other notable acquisitions in 2017.

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