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This article is part of the Vol. 9 Num. 7 October 2010 issue of Storage magazine
The flurry of storage vendor mergers and acquisitions is changing the landscape. Some of the deals make sense, some are hard to figure out and some will be outright disasters. What does all of this mean to you? In baseball there are two ways to win: find the raw talent and build your team from the ground up, or shell out the big bucks and buy your way into the World Series. These days is seems like a lot of storage companies are taking the latter route, tearing a page out of the Yankees playbook and buying up emerging technology companies at a brisk pace. And just like in baseball, you can't tell the players without a scorecard. Quantum bought ADIC. Sun bought StorageTek. Oracle bought Sun. HP bought LeftHand, PolyServe, Ibrix and Opsware. Dell bought EqualLogic and Perot Systems. IBM bought XIV Systems, Diligent, FilesX and Arsenal Digital. NetApp bought Spinnaker and Onaro. F5 bought Acopia. Hitachi bought Archivas. Cisco bought NeoPath Networks and Nuova Systems. LSI bought ONStor and StoreAge. CA bought XOsoft. Seagate ...
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