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Money Moves: October 2019 – SDxCentral (via Qpute.com)

Here are some of the most prominent venture capital (VC) and merger and acquisition (M&A) news items from the past month. If you’d like SDxCentral to report on your company’s VC or M&A activity for our Money Moves column, or if you have any tips on that activity, please send the information to Sydney Sawaya ((email protected)).

Digital Realty Drops $8.4B for Interxion’s European Data Centers

Digital Realty penned a deal to buy fellow data center operator Interxion for about $8.4 billion. The deal will expand the San Francisco-based Digital Realty’s European footprint and better positions it to compete against colocation market leader Equinix.

Digital Realty said the acquisition will help it meet growing global demand from cloud and service providers as well as enterprises seeking colocation, hybrid cloud, and hyperscale data center services.

Digital Realty also announced an edge computing partnership with Vapor IO.

Ciena Pulls Centina Into Blue Planet’s Orbit

Ciena announced an agreement to acquire Centina to bolster its Blue Planet Intelligent Automation platform. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Texas-based Centina, which was founded in 2006, will become part of Ciena’s Blue Planet software portfolio. Blue Planet was formed in 2015 when Ciena acquired Cyan and spun off as an independent division earlier this year.

Centina’s services include assurance analytics and network performance management (NPM), two areas that Ciena intends to expand under its Blue Planet division.

Equinix Pays $175M, Moves Into Mexico Data Center Market

Rumors surfaced that Equinix reportedly entered talks to buy Mexican telecommunication’s company Axtel SAB’s data center for about $200 million, according to a Bloomberg report.

The following day the Redwood City, California-based data center giant dropped $175 million in cash to acquire three Axtel data centers in Mexico. The latest purchase brings Equinix’s total invested in Latin America — Brazil, Colombia, and now Mexico — to $500 million.

The new data centers will add about 1150,000 square feet of colocation space to the company’s portfolio. And when combined with earlier purchases including Dallas Infomart in Texas and NAP of the Americas in Miami, it will increase Equinix’s interconnection between North, Central, and South America.

Other Money Moves

Intent-based networking startup Forward Networks raised $35 million in Series C funding that was led by Goldman Sachs, which is one of the company’s most prolific customers. 

Thoma Bravo made a $3.9 billion offer to acquire Sophos. It previously acquired Sophos’ competitor Barracuda Networks for $1.6 billion, Veracode from Broadcom for $950 million, and Centrify for a reported $400 million.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) formally approved T-Mobile US’ acquisition of Sprint along party lines. T-Mobile CEO John Legere expects the deal to close in early 2020. 

Splunk reached a deal to buy Streamlio, an open source distributed messaging startup, for an undisclosed amount.

Particle closed a $40 million Series C funding round led by Qualcomm Ventures and Energy Impact Partners.

HYPR closed a $18.3 million Series B financing led by Comcast Ventures, bringing the company’s total funding to more than $32 million. 

Data transformation software for cloud data warehouses (CDWs) provider Matillion secured $35 million in Series C funding. Battery Ventures led the round, bringing Matillion’s total funding to $60 million. 

SnapLogic raised $72 million in growth financing led by Arrowroot Capital and joined by Golub Capital and existing investors.

NS1, a DNS and application traffic management provider, locked-in a $33 million Series C venture round led by Dell Technologies Capital, with participation from Cisco Investments and existing investors. 

VMware completed its $2.1 billion acquisition of endpoint security vendor Carbon Black. The close of the acquisition marks the beginning of VMware’s new Security Business Unit within the company. Carbon Black CEO Patrick Morley will serve as the GM of the new group and report to Sanjay Poonen, COO for customer operations at VMware.

AMP Capital declared its intent to purchase Expedient from its current parent Landmark Media Enterprises.

Siemens announced its plan to acquire edge technology from Pixeom to expand its Industrial Edge portfolio with the addition of software components for edge runtime and device management.

Grafana Labs, the company behind open source projects Grafana and Loki, secured $24 million in Series A funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners and participation from Lead Edge Capital. 

Picus Security raised $5 million in Series A funding led by Earlybird. 

CoreView, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) management platform (SMP) for Office 365, announced a deal to buy Alpin, a management service for all SaaS applications. 

Connected2Fiber entered a growth capital term loan agreement with Silicon Valley Bank that will make $1.5 million of new capital available to Connected2Fiber for growth, enhanced product offerings, and market expansion. 

ConnectWise announced two acquisitions at its IT Nation Connect event. The company bought ITBoost to increase efficiencies for technology solution providers an cloud-based network monitoring platform provider Continuum for its AI-enabled services model.

Full-cycle data science automation provider dotData locked-in a $23 million Series A funding round led by JAFCO with participation from Goldman Sachs.  

Cisco completed its acquisition of the privately-held customer experience management (CEM) provider CloudCherry.

Digital infrastructure providers AHEAD and Data Blue merged and acquired Sovereign Systems. The acquisition will inject cloud, VMware, and ServiceNow expertise into Data Blue’s client-facing operations.

Pendo scored $100 million in new capital that carried the North Carolina-based company to unicorn status. The Series E funding round was led by Sapphire Ventures and brought the company’s total amount raised to $206 million and a valuation of $1 billion.

San Francisco-based Corelight raised $50 million in a Series C funding round led by Insight Partners and Accel.

Trend Micro penned a deal to acquire Cloud Conformity that will expand its cloud services capabilities. 

Universal quantum computing provider IonQ closed a $55 million funding round led by the Samsung Catalyst Fund and Mubadala Capital.

VoltDB announced a $10 million Series C funding round. 

Qualcomm launched its 5G Ecosystem Fund that will invest up to an aggregate of $200 million in companies participating in the 5G ecosystem.

Aviatrix raised $40 million in Series C funding led by existing investor CRV. Aviatrix’s total funding now exceeds $76 million. 

Fortinet made a move to enhance its security fabric technology with the acquisition of enSilo, a privately-held advanced endpoint security company. 

Data Dynamics announced its intent to acquire Infintus Innovations in a deal that is expected to close before the new year.

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