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The 10 Top News Stories Of 2019 (So Far)

Cloud outages, the JEDI cloud contract controversy, blockbuster vendor and channel acquisitions, the rise of Everything-as-a-Service and a wave of attacks against MSPs are among the top news stories so far in 2019.

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4. Salesforce $15.7B Deal For Tableau Leads A Number Of Blockbuster Acquisitions

Cloud application behemoth Salesforce rocked the industry when in June it struck a deal to acquire Tableau Software for a whopping $15.7 billion. The companies said the combination of Salesforce's CRM applications and Tableau's business analytics and data visualization software would make Salesforce a digital transformation powerhouse. (The deal was completed Aug. 1.)

Major acquisitions frequently make the headlines in the IT industry and so far 2019 has certainly had its share with the Salesforce-Tableau deal just one of a number of major acquisition deals to be unveiled or completed so far in 2019.

In July IBM wrapped up its $34 billion acquisition of open-source software developer Red Hat, a deal that was unveiled in October, after clearing all necessary regulatory hurdles. Also in July, wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint won government approval for their long-gestating $26.5 billion merger. And in February AT&T won its long legal battle with the Justice Department over its 2018 purchase of Time Warner, making that $85.4 billion acquisition a done deal.

In early August semiconductor manufacturer Broadcom, which stunned everyone in 2018 with its $18.9 billion acquisition of software giant CA Technologies, struck again with a deal to buy Symantec's enterprise business for $10.7 billion, a move that will break up the world's largest pure-play cybersecurity vendor.

Google has been in shopping mode this year to boost its Google Cloud business, striking deals to buy Looker Data Sciences for $2.6 billion and cloud file storage company Elastifile for an undisclosed sum. In May Hewlett Packard Enterprise agreed to acquire supercomputer maker Cray for $1.3 billion and in August bought the business assets of Hadoop platform developer MapR Technologies for an undisclosed price tag. Apple made a big move to control its own destiny with communications chips with an agreement to buy a majority of Intel's smartphone modem business for $1 billion. And Salesforce, not stopping with the Tableau buy, agreed to buy Israeli service management application developer ClickSoftware for $1.35 billion.

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