FLASHBACK SLIDESHOW: Hottest tech M&A deals of 2008

Our running list of buyouts and mergers in IT for the year.

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Blue Coat Systems and Packeteer -- BUYER: Blue Coat, security and WAN acceleration company ACQUISITION: Packeteer, WAN optimization vendor WHEN: April PRICE: US$268 million WHY: Blue Coat will integrate Packeteer features, including the company's traffic prioritization technology, into its own Blue Coat ProxySG line of appliances. The deal will also help Blue Coat reach more customers through Packeteer's well-established global sales and distribution channel.

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