FLASHBACK SLIDESHOW: Hottest tech M&A deals of 2008

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

Novell and PlateSpin -- BUYER: Novell ACQUISITION: PlateSpin, a maker of technologies that improve server consolidation, speed hardware migration, optimize disaster recovery initiatives and manage server virtualization across data centers. WHEN: February 25, 2008 PRICE: US$205 million all-cash deal WHY: Novell officials say PlateSpin's technology will provide Novell with server consolidation, disaster recovery and workload automation tools to build out its own heterogeneous, platform-agnostic data center optimization and automation technologies. The software will work alongside Novell's ZENworks management suite to provide customers with automated capabilities around migrating and managing both physical and virtual servers in enterprise data centers, Novell says.

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