In Pictures: IT deal book of 2013

Our running list of mergers and acquisitions

Category: Application Acceleration

Buyer: Violin Memory

Acquisition: Gridiron Systems

Why: Violin Memory sells flash-based storage systems that are used to bring storage performance in-line with high-speed applications, servers and networks. Violin Memory is expanding its offerings with the purchase of GridIron Systems, which offers solutions for accelerating enterprise applications including online transaction processing, data analytics, data warehousing and virtualization. Violin Memory executives said the purchase was driven by Gridiron’s intellectual property, including patented algorithms that accelerate applications in data center storage area networks. Violin Memory is based in Mountain View, Calif. , with offices in New Jersey, the England, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney and Beijing. GridIron Systems is a venture-based startup in Sunnyvale, Calif.

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