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The 17 Biggest News Stories Of 2017

From billion-dollar acquisitions to company splits, from massive security attacks to disruptive cloud outages, from emerging markets like the Internet of Things to major IT vendors in transition -- and a controversy or two -- CRN takes a look at the news stories that captured our attention in 2017.

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2017: Acquisitions And Splits, Security Failures and IT Vendors In Transition

This past year was an eventful one in the IT industry and the channel – but then, what year isn't? So compiling a list of the 17 biggest news stories for 2017 proved to be a relatively easy task.

There were times when the IT industry felt like a giant Lego set with pieces being combined, taken apart and put back together in different configurations. There were mega-billion-dollar acquisitions acquisitions like Broadcom and Brocade Communications, Sirius and Forsythe, and CenturyLink and Level 3. And there were splits and divestitures including Xerox splitting into two companies, Hewlett Packard Enterprise divesting its Enterprise Services business and McAfee separating from Intel.

There were new opportunities like the Internet of Things that drove many changes within the IT industry. Major vendors like HPE, Cisco and Dell EMC continued their efforts to transform themselves through shifts in strategies, new products and acquisitions. And there were controversies such as the ban on the use of Kaspersky Lab software by the U.S. government and the European Union's $2.7 fine against Google for alleged anti-competitive behavior.

All the while IT vendors, solution providers and their customers dealt with crises ranging from DDoS and ransomware attacks, to cloud service outages, to the shortage of SSD components.

What do you think have been the biggest IT industry and channel news stories of 2017? Take a look at our list, concluding with the most important story, and see if you agree.

Get more of CRN's 2017 tech year in review .

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