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All M&As in 2022

Only 22, lowest figure since 1998

Since decades, 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.

(Total 1,636 or 36/year)

M&a F1(Source: StorageNewsletter.com)

We count 22 M&As in 2022, the lower figure since 1998 and less than in 2021 (35). In 2006, there was a record of 104, and total of 1,636  since 1977 or 36 on average per year.

Why this low figure? The consolidation in the mature storage 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. In brief, there are less and less new technologies in the WW storage industry.

And into these 22 M&As in 2022, the price of only 5 deals were revealed by the buyers, meaning that it was relatively low for the 17 other ones with an amount not impacting seriously their financial results.


Mo. Buyer Bought Price in $million
5 Broadcom VMware* 61,000
4 Kaseya DAtto 6,200
5 MaxLinear Silicon Motion 3,800
12 Microsoft
Fungible 190
5 Restore Ultratec 11.7

* to be completed
(Source: StorageNewsletter.com)

Two deals surpasses $5 billion in 2022 (see above), 3 in 2021. The highest acquisition in the history of the storage industry, at $63 billion, was the merger in 2015 of EMC and Dell – even if both of them were not in storage only. Biggest deal last year was $61 billion for the acquisition to be completed of VMware by Broadcom and was not far of this amount.

(3 in 2022)

2015: EMC by Dell, $63,000 million
2022: VMware by Broadcom if completed, $61,000 million
2018: Red Hat by IBM, $34,000 million
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
2020: Intel (assets) by SK hynix, $9,000 million
2015: Veritas (Symantec) by The Carlyle Group and GIC, $7,400 million
2009: Sun by Oracle, $7,400 million
2019: Mellanox by Nvidia, $6.900 million
2013: LSI by Avago Technologies, $6.600 million
2022: DAtto by Kaseya, $6,200 million
2017: Cavium by Marvell, $6,000 million
2016: Brocade by Broadcom, $5,900 million
2021: Mimecast by Primera, 5,800 million
2021: Quest Software by Clearlake Capital, 5,400 million
2021: Cloudera by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and KKR, 5,300 million
2020: Veeam Software by Insight Partners, $5,000 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
2022: Silicon Motion by MaxLinear, $3,800 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
2000: Seagate by Suez Acquisition, $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 million
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
2007: Opsware by HP, $1,600 million
2006: msystems by SanDisk, $1,500 million
2018: IM Flash Technologies (JV With Intel), $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
2015: Cleversafe by IBM, $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 2022 in number of deals and only 3 represented big sums.

In 2022, for the 5 operations with price being known, total is $16.3 billion. The former year, for the 7 operations with price being known, total was $16.9 billion, compared to $15.0 billion for 5 deals in 2020, $10.4 billion in 2019 and $21.0 billion in 2018, far from an historical record of $99.9 billion in 2016.

Consequently, the average price per M&A since 1977 now reaches $713 million for a cumulative total of more than $442 billion spent following 620 deals when their price has been revealed.

EMC was historically the most voracious in the storage industry with 82 acquisitions since 1993. 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. On its side acquirer Dell got a total of 18 companies and also no one since 6 years.

With these 82 deals, EMC is largely in front of J2 Global with a total of 36 small acquisitions, Seagate (including Seagate Software) 31, Iron Mountain (in data storage only) 29, LSI with Avago and Broadcom 26, Adaptec with acquirers PMC Sierra and then Microsemi 26, Veritas added to Symantec 28, HP with HPE 25, WD 24, NetApp 24, IBM 22, Dell 18, and Xyratex (acquired by Seagate in 2013) 16 .

The consolidation in the industry will continue in 2023, but at a slow pace and since 2014, because some publicly-traded companies are in bad financial shape and even if many storage start-ups are trying to survive with only 2 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 a few M&As in 2023 in the most demanding storage sectors: cloud, software, security, hyperconverged system, and SSD where there are too many companies, but also in the channel for expansion.


Mo. Buyer Acquired company Price* Comments
1 11:11 Systems iland NA Cloud service provider of secure and compliant hosting for IaaS, DRaaS, and BaaS
10 11:11 Systems Sungard Availability Services NA Recovery services business
5 Broadcom VMware 61,000 Virtualization software, acquisition to be completed
2 Commvault TrapX NA Cyber deception technology
1 Dataprise Global Data Vault NA Cloud-based Backup-as-a-Service, Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service, and Veeam distributor in Dallas, TX
5 Hornetsecurity IT-Seal NA German security awareness training company
5 Jungle Disk ElephantDrive NA Consumer solution for long-term cloud storage of photos, videos, and documents
3 Kalray Arcapix NA Provider of SDS and data management solutions for data-intensive applications
4 Kaseya DAtto 6,200 Provider of security and cloud-based software solutions for MSPs
4 KKR Barracuda Networks NA Cybersecurity solutions across email protection, application security, network security and data protection; acquisition from Thoma Bravo
8 KKR Barracuda Networks NA Cloud-first provider of cybersecurity solutions for SMEs, acquisition from Thoma Bravo
5 MaxLinear Silicon Motion 3,800 NAND flash controllers for SSDs
12 Microsoft Fungible 190 Maker of data center chips and storage devices
6 Nasuni Storage Made Easy NA Remote work and compliance solutions for cloud file storage
5 Nasuni DBM Cloud Systems NA Cloud-native data migration technology for hybrid and multi-cloud environments
2 NetApp Fylamynt NA Build, run, manage and analyze workflows securely in any cloud with little to no code
4 NetApp Instaclustr NA Provider of fully managed open-source database, pipeline and workflow applications delivered as-a-service
3 Nvidia Excelero NA Block storage that large businesses use in SANs
5 Opti9 HostedBizz NA Canada’s IaaS platform provider
1 Phison Nextorage NA SSD and memory card, acquisition from joint-venture partner Sony Storage Media Solutions Corporation
2 Rakuten Symphony Robin.io NA Cloud native Kubernetes storage
5 Restore Ultratec 11.7 UK data destruction firm

* In $ million
(Source: StorageNewsletter.com)

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