Latest M&A: TCG, TPx, Five9

TPx Communications sold off network assets to another California-based company, and Cisco announced the acquisition of a security provider last month.

Our latest M&A recap runs the gamut of technologies and business models. Two Florida-based master agents came together. Splunk acquired two more companies to bolster its observability practice. A contact center provider enhanced its offering. And Juniper Networks announced the acquisition of an SD-WAN provider.

We also recently covered a business workshop in which channel experts discussed the emotional weight of undergoing M&A. For example, MSP executive Juan Fernandez spoke about a past opportunity to sell his company.

“You don’t realize the emotional drain it’s going to take on not just you, but your family and everyone that’s invested in your success. You just can’t comprehend that,” said Fernandez, who serves as ImageNet‘s vice president of managed services. “So being mentally prepared is one of the biggest things that I advise people when they’re looking to sell, or are thinking about it or asking how I did it or they’re looking to buy a company.”

Scroll through the images below to see the channel-impacting consolidation from the last month.

You can also check out our M&A report from September.

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The Florida-based agency acquired one of its neighbors.

Telecom Consulting Group (TCG) announced the acquisition of Global Systems Telecom, which hails from about 20 miles down the road from TCG. A longstanding relationship exists between the two companies' leaders.

Learn about why TCG made the purchase.
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The network giant is addressing Kubernetes security challenges with its latest acquisition.

Cisco will buy Portshift, which delivers cloud-native security capabilities. The purchase undergirds Cisco's commitment to open source standards and providing secure, ubiquitous connectivity between users, devices and apps.

Check out Lynn Haber's article on Channel Futures.
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The California-based CLEC bought network assets from TPx Communications.

As a result, GeoLinks further densifies its coverage and maintains its strength in Los Angeles and much of California. The network assets include fixed wireless infrastructure and spectrum licenses.

See what GeoLinks has been doing.
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Akamai Technologies, which provides global content delivery, is upping its IoT/wireless security practice.

The company bought Asavie, which also targets midsize and large companies and utilizes carrier relationships. In fact, they share certain carrier partners. 

Asavie will bolster Akamai's product line, expanding security and management of IoT and mobile devices.

Edward Gately has the scoop.

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Juniper Networks said its purchase of 128 Technology will help establish "AI-driven, user-centric enterprise networks."

The SD-WAN provider will join Juniper about a year after Juniper announced the acquisition of Mist Systems, the wireless local area network (WLAN) provider.

The purchase will total $450 million, which fits with what we've seen in the SD-WAN industry. Cisco bought Viptela for $610 million, while VMware bought VeloCloud for $449 million.

Read about the implications for the SD-WAN market.
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Splunk is honing its observability practice with two new acquisitions.

First, the San Francisco-based company bought application performance monitoring provider Plumbr. It is also bringing in digital experience monitoring company Rigor. The purchases follow last year's observability-related acquisitions of Omnition and SignalFx.

See how these moves fit into Splunk's strategy.
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The contact center software provider is improving customer experience with the acquisition of Inference Solutions.

Inference gives Five9 an Intelligent Virtual Agent (IVA) platform, which has become a point of differentiation in the market. An IVA functions as a digital worker that can seamlessly communicate with human customers.

Five9 also is expanding its footprint into Australia as a result and gains new carrier partnerships.

Get details on the acquisition.

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Bandwidth announced plans to buy Voxbone in a CPaaS team-up.

An analyst said the acquisition takes Bandwidth from a regional U.S. vendor to a global presence. That's because Voxbone plays heavily in the European market. Approximately 900 enterprises use Voxbone's platform.

Read about the transaction.
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And Bandwidth wasn't the only CPaaS acquirer. Rival provider Twilio is buying Segment in a $3.2 billion team-up around data.

Segment, which tracks customer data, will help support Twilio’s Engagement Cloud offering. As a result, the buyer plans to bake data intelligence throughout its entire product suite.

"By joining forces and applying our customer data platform to Twilio’s engagement cloud, we’ll be able to make the entire customer experience seamless from end to end," Segment's co-founder and CEO said.

Check out the acquisition.

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