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All M&As in 2019

42, lowest figure since 1998 but in 2018 (38), compared to 104 in 2006 - with corrections

Corrections (Editor): It’s better not to write such a long deep report with lot of figures after a hearty New Years. Fortunately, our readers found our errors. In this article we missed the acquisition of Carbonite, in data protection and end-point security, by Opentext for $1,420 million in November 2019, but we added it later one of the table below: MORE THAN $1 BILLION M&As IN HISTORY OF STORAGE INDUSTRY. Also we correct the price of Cray bought by HPE at $1,400 million and not $11,400 million. Not least is $6.190 billion rather than $61,900 million by Nvidia for Mellanox.

Since 1998 we analyze the merger and acquisition trends in the WW storage industry, which has allowed us the proper perspective from which to gauge the evolution over time.


1998 48
1999 59
2000 61
2001 64
2002 45
2003 54
2004 51
2005 75
2006 104
2007 90
2008 74
2009 52
2010 71
2011 64
2012 76
2013 76
2014 72
2015 51
2016 55
2017 53
2018 38
TOTAL 1,375
Acquisitions/year 65

M&a 2019 F1

(Source: StorageNewsletter.com)

We count only 42 M&As in 2019 but a little more than in 2018 (38). In 2006, there was a record of 104, and 65 being the average per year since 1998.

Why this low figure? The consolidation in the mature industry is slowing. Furthermore, there are few start-ups with revolutionary technologies that could interested potential buyers. Some interesting start-ups could be acquired but they apparently are asking for price too high and prefer to remain private or waiting for an IPO.

And into these 42 M&As in 2019 are included 3 small ones by J2 Global for small online backup companies. The price of only 8 deals were revealed by the buyers, meaning that it was relatively low for the 34 other ones with an amount not impacting seriously their financial results.


Buyer Bought Price in $ million
Nvidia Mellanox 6,190
Carbonite 1,420
Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Cray 1,400
Carbonite Webroot 618.5
Commvault Hedvig 225
Amazon CloudEndure 200
Toshiba Memory Lite-On SSD business 165
SMART Global Holdings Artesyn 80
NetApp Cognigo 70
Amazon E8 Storage 50-60

 (Source: StorageNewsletter.com)

Three deals surpasses $1 billion in 2019 with2 in 2018  compared to a total of 4 in 2017 and 3 in 2016. The highest acquisition in the history of the storage industry, at $63 billion, was the merger in 2015 of EMC by Dell  – even if both of them were not in storage only. But there was also a huge deal last year currently to be done: $6.190 billion by Nvidia to get Mellanox, in front of  $1.4 billion for the acquisition of Opentext by Nvidia, and Cray by HPE.

Another relatively big deal in 2019 was Carbonite getting Webroot for $618.5 million.

(3 in 2019)

2015: EMC by Dell, $63,000 million
2018: Red Hat by IBM, $34,000
2001: Compaq by HP, $25,000 million
2018: CA Technologies by Broadcom, $18,900 million
2017: Toshiba NAND business by Bain Capital (and partners), $18,000 million
2015: SanDisk by Western Digital, $16,000 million
2005: Veritas by Symantec, $11,000 million
2011: Autonomy by HP, $10,300 million
1998: Digital Equipment by Compaq, $9,600 million
2015: Veritas (Symantec) by The Carlyle Group and GIC, $7,400 million
2009: Sun by Oracle, $7,400 million
2013: LSI by Avago Technologies, $6.600 million
2019: Mellanox by Nvidia, $6.190 million
2017: Cavium by Marvell, $6,000 million
2016: Brocade by Broadcom, $5,900 million
2011: Hitachi GST by WD, $4,800 million
2005: StorageTek by Sun, $4,100 million
2000: Sterling Software by CA, $4,000 million
2000: Seagate by Suez Acquisition, $4,000 million
2006: Agere by LSI, $4,000 million
2014: Riverbed by Thoma Bravo, $3,500 million
2008: Foundry Networks by Brocade, $2,600 million
2012: Elpida by Micron Technology, $2,500 million
2012: Quest Software by Dell, $2,400 million
2010: 3par by HP, $2,350 million
2015: PMC-Sierra by Microsemi, $2,300 million
2010: Isilon by EMC, $2,250 million
2009: Data Domain by EMC, $2,200 million
2006: RSA by EMC, $2,100 million
2002: IBM HDD by Hitachi, $2,050 million
2000: Cobalt Networks by Sun, $2,000 million
2004: Kroll by Marsh & McLennan Companies, $1,900 million
2006: Maxtor by Seagate, $1,900 million
2000: Ancor Communications by QLogic, $1,700 million
2003: Documentum by EMC, $1,700
2016: Dell EMC Enterprise Content Division by OpenText, $1,620 million
1998: Seagate Software by Veritas, $1,600 million
2017: Barracuda Networks by Thoma Bravo, $1,600 million
2006: FileNet by IBM, $1,600 million
2006: msystems by SanDisk, $1,500 million
2019: Carbonite by Opentext, $1,420 million
2007: EqualLogic by Dell, $1,400 million
2019: Cray by HPE, $1,400 million
2011: Samsung HDD by Seagate, $1,375 million
2000: Quantum HDD by Maxtor, $1,300 million
2003: Legato by EMC, $1,300 million
2010: Numonyx by Micron, $1,270 million
1996: Cheyenne by CA, $1,200 million
2010: Division 5 Technology by Max Stiegemeier (GCF), $1,200 million
2015: Virtustream by EMC, $1,200 million
1999: Data General by EMC, $1,100 million
2014: Fusion-io by SanDisk, $1,100 million
2017: Nimble Storage by HPE, $1,090 million
1995: Conner Peripherals by Seagate, $1,040 million
2016: QLogic by Cavium, $1,000 million
(Source: StorageNewsletter.com)

In conclusion, there was not at all an intense activity in 2019 in number of deals but with only 3 represented big sums.

In 2019, for the 10 operations with price being known, total is $10.4 billion – compared to $21 billion in 2018, $29 billion in 2017- and average per deal is  $1,000 million in 2016. It was $10.6 billion and $754 million in 2016, far from an historical record of $92.3 billion and $6.156 million respectively in 2016.

Consequently, the average price per M&A since 1984 now reaches $587 million for a cumulative total of more than $355 billion spent following 572 deals when price has been revealed (and 1,458 all included) from 1987.

EMC was historically the most voracious in the storage industry with 79 acquisitions since 1994. It acquired a record of 23 companies in 2006 and 2007 only, just 1 in 2011, 3 in 2012 and 2013, 5 in 2014, 3 in 2015 but no one since last 4 years. On its side acquirer Dell got a total of 18 companies and also no one since 3 years.

With these 79 deals, EMC is largely in front of J2 Global with a total of 37 small acquisitions, Seagate (including Seagate Software) 31, Iron Mountain (in data storage only) 29, LSI with Avago and Broadcom 27, Veritas added to Symantec 27, HP with HPE 22, IBM, WD and NetApp 21, Dell 18, and Xyratex (acquired by Seagate) 16 .

The consolidation in the industry will continue in 2019, but at a slow pace, because some publicly-traded companies are in bad shape and even if many storage start-ups are trying to survive with only two possibilities: to be acquired or die.

Furthermore a trend is not going to stop: storage giants invent about nothing in new killing storage technologies and prefer to get them by acquiring start-ups. It’s less expansive than investing in their own R&D.

We will probably continue to see several M&As in the most demanding storage sectors: cloud, software, hyperconverged system and SSD where there are too many companies, but also in the channel for expansion.


Month Buyer Bought Price* Comments
12 Acronis 5nine NA Unified cloud management and security tools
10 Ahead Data Blue NA Storage, backup and server virtualization and consolidation solutions to enterprise
1 Amazon CloudEndure 200 BC software solutions for DR
8 Amazon E8 Storage 50-60 Centralized NVMe enterprise all-flash solution
6 Atempo Lima (assets) NA Synchronization engine
6 Boxx Technologies Pacific Alliance Capital NA Vertically integrated provider of storage and protection systems
2 Carbonite Webroot 618.5 Cybersecurity
9 Cloudera Arcadia Data NA Cloud-native AI-powered business intelligence and real-time analytics
5 Cohesity Imanis Data NA Enterprise backup and data management for distributed databases
9 Commvault Hedvig 225 Software-defined storage
12 Compuware INNOVATION Data Processing NA Enterprise data protection, business continuance and SRM solutions serving mainframe market
11 ConnectWise Continuum NA Backup and DR to cloud services
5 DDN Nexenta NA SDS
9 DDN WD AFA and hybrid business NA AFA and hybrid business
5 DC BLOX Ploid NA SaaS for independent research institutions, life sciences and genomic sequencing organizations
6 Druva CloudLanes NA VTL in cloud
5 HPE Cray 1,400 HPC compute and storage
8 HPE MapR NA File system for unified analytics from edge to cloud
3 Huayun Data International Maxta NA Software-defined storage platform
7 iVedha Open Storage Solutions NA Data protection and BC solutions
0 J2 Global Armada Cloud NA Enterprise cloud backup
0 J2 Global SafeSend NA Online backup in Norway
0 J2 Global OffSiteDataSync (assets) NA Cloud backup in USA
7 Microsoft BlueTalon NA Unified Data Access Control solutions for data platforms
1 Mimecast Simply Migrate NA Archive data migration technology
5 NetApp Cognigo 70 Platform for data protection and adapting it to privacy regulations such as GDPR, using AI technology and natural language processing
3 Nvidia Mellanox 6,900 IB and Ethernet connectivity, especially for HPC
11 Opentext
Carbonite   Data protection and end-point security
1 OWC Akitio NA Two pioneers in PC and Mac storage and accessories
3 OWC InXtron NA Fast Thunderbolt and USB external storage enclosures, in Taiwan
4 Pure Storage Compuverde NA File software solutions for enterprises and cloud providers based in Sweden
1 Rambus Diablo Technologies (assets) NA In hybrid DRAM and flash memory
8 Rambus Northwest Logic NA In memory, PCIe and MIPI digital controllers
7 SMART Global Holdings Artesyn 80 Embedded computing solutions based on open standards such as ATCA, VMEbus, PCIe and computer-on-module
2 Storagepipe GridWay Computing NA Canadian MSP in backup and DR
6 StorCentric Retrospect NA Backup software for Mac and Windows
7 StorCentric Vexata NA AFAs
8 Toshiba Memory Lite-On SSD business 165 SSDs
6 Tuxera Datalight NA Embedded file systems, and flash management and acceleration software
3 Veritas Technologies APTARE NA Analytics, reporting and protection of enterprise data
3 Vinpower ACARD Technology NA SCSI IC design house in Taiwan
8 Virtual Instruments Metricly NA SaaS-based cloud cost, optimization and monitoring service
10 Western Digital Kazan Networks NA NVMe-oF ASIC and adapter products

* In $ million
 (Source: StorageNewsletter.com)

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These figures in these former reports on M&As increased sometimes later as we discovered other acquisitions after these annual publications.