10 Game-Changing Networking Acquisitions Of 2010


Cisco And Arch Rock, September 2010

Cisco is a serial acquirer, and as the networking titan pursues an aggressive strategy around "30 adjacencies" -- that is, various market segments in which it feels it can be a top, influential vendor -- its M&A streak is expected to continue. One of Cisco's most interesting grabs in 2010 was of Arch Rock, the San Francisco-based maker of IP-based wireless network technology for smart grid applications. With smart grid infrastructure and energy management expected to become an increasingly more compelling play for IT professionals, Cisco's place in the smart grid realm should come into sharper focus -- with lucrative opportunities for Cisco VARs not far behind.