With the Microsoft’s announcement on acquisition of professional networking platform LinkedIn is said to be one of the biggest in recent times. Let’s take a look at some of the other biggest IT acquisitions.
Acquisition Details: Dell acquires EMC in 2015 for $67 billion.
The Round Rock, Texas-based, Dell – a privately owned multinational computer technology company is named after its founder, Michael Dell.
Dell sells personal computers (PCs), servers, data storage devices, network switches, software, computer peripherals, HDTVs, cameras, printers, MP3 players, and electronics built by other manufacturers.
EMC, based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, sells high-price data-storage systems to enterprise based corporate customers.
Acquisition Details: Avago acquires Technologies Broadcom in 2015 for $37 billion.
Singapore-based-Avago manufactures analog and mixed-signal chips for automotive, Industrial and communications applications. It also makes custom chips known as ASICS that are used in networking.
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Broadcom Corporation makes radios for cellphones and other consumer devices, plus chips used in networking equipment for the data centre.
Acquisition Details: Microsoft acquires LinkedIn in 2016 for $26.2 billion.
Microsoft agreed to buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in cash. It is reported that the deal is expected to close in the end of 2016.
Reid Hoffman, chairman of LinkedIn’s board, said in a statement “Today is a re-founding moment for LinkedIn,” Jeff Weiner will remain Chief Executive of LinkedIn, reporting to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
The Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services. Its best known software products are the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, Microsoft Office Suite, and Internet Explorer and Edge web browsers.
LinkedIn is a basically a business-oriented social networking service.
Acquisition Details: Facebook acquires Whatsapp in 2014 for $22 billion.
The Menlo Park, California-based Facebook is a for-profit corporation and online social networking service company.
Based in Mountain View, California WhatsApp Messenger is a proprietary cross-platform, encrypted, instant messaging client for smartphones.
Acquisition Details: VeriSign acquires Network Solutions in 2002 for $21 billion.
Security software maker VeriSign acquired the Jacksonville, Florida-based Net name registrar Network Solutions.
The Reston, Virginia-based VeriSign alos operates a diverse array of network infrastructure, including two of the Internet’s thirteen root nameservers.
Acquisition Details: HP acquires Compaq in 2002 for $18.6 billion.
Hewlett-Packard headquartered in Palo Alto, California, develops and provides a wide range of hardware components as well as software and related services to consumers, small and medium sized businesses and large enterprises, including customers in the government, health and education sectors.
Compaq developed, sold, and supported computers and related products and services.
Acquisition Details: HP acquires EDS in 2008 for $13.5 billion.
Founded in 1962 by H Ross Perot, Electronic Data Systems was an American multinational information technology equipment and services company headquartered in Plano, Texas.
AAcquisition Details: Symantec acquires Veritas in 2005 for $13.5 billion.
A Fortune 500 company, Symantec headquartered in Mountain View, California develops software for security, storage, backup and availability and also offers professional services to support its software.
Acquisition Details: Google acquires Motorola Mobility in 2014 for $12.5 billion.
Founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were students at Stanford University, Google is an American multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Motorola Mobility was formed on January 4, 2011 after splitting Motorola into two separate companies.
Google acquired Motorola Mobility in 2012 and two years later, sold it to Lenovo.
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