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The 10 Biggest Tech M&A Deals Of 2021

Rick Whiting

From CDW’s $2.5 billion purchase of Sirius Computer Solutions and the merger of distributors Tech Data and Synnex to create an IT distribution powerhouse, here’s a look at the biggest tech corporate mergers and acquisitions that reshaped the IT industry and the channel in 2021.

9. Private Equity Acquisitions Take Big Data Companies Cloudera, Talend Private

Big data companies were popular acquisition targets by private equity firms in 2021.

In June, cloud data management software developer Cloudera agreed to be acquired for $5.3 billion by private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rica and global investment company KKR. The all-cash deal, which paid Cloudera stockholders $16 per share, was completed October 8. Cloudera went public in 2017 and was largely controlled by activist investor Carl Icahn.

Talend, a provider of data quality and data integration software, agreed in March to be acquired and taken private by private equity firm Thoma Bravo in an all-cash deal valued at $2.4 billion. Talend shareholders received $66 per share in the deal and the acquisition was completed Sept. 2.

 
Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN. He can be reached at rwhiting@thechannelcompany.com.

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