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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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7. Tech Data Changes the Distribution Landscape With Avnet Technology Solutions Acquisition

On Feb. 27 distributor Tech Data acquired Avnet Technology Solutions, Avnet's $9.65 billion value-added distribution business, for $2.6 billion in a move that changed the IT distributor landscape.

By acquiring Technology Solutions, Clearwater, Fla.-based Tech Data vastly expanded its product portfolio of systems for the data center, cloud computing, security, mobility, big data analytics, the Internet of Things and vertical industries. It also increased the share of Tech Data's revenue generated by more complete IT solutions.

In June CEO Bob Dutkowsky (pictured) said that thanks to the acquisition, Tech Data is gaining market share in key countries and product categories.

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