1. IBM and Red Hat
Purchase price: $34bn
Impact on the channel:
The largest software acquisition in history, IBM's mammoth $34bn closed on July 9, 2019.
The deal was part of IBM's gambit on cloud computing. Late to the stage, IBM CEO Ginni Rommety said that its Red Hat buy was Big Blue making up for lost time.
The vendor said cloud-related revenue is now about 25 per cent of its total, up from just four per cent in 2013.
However, two months on, partners at IBM's EMEA Think conference admitted to CPI that they were still in the dark about what IBM's plans are for its open source prize.
The chief sales officer of MSP CSI, Scotty Morgan, asked: "My biggest question I have for IBM is: how do we make money with this? How do we take what IBM is putting together [with Red Hat] and incorporate that into our proposition?"
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