12 Recent Networking Mergers And Acquisitions To Keep An Eye On


Dell-Force10

Money Involved: Undisclosed

Why It Matters: Given its pumped-up emphasis on networking products lately, it was only a matter of time before Dell make an acquisition in the networking space, and most everyone assumed it'd be Brocade. Instead, Dell in mid-July confirmed it would acquire Force10, a pickup that gives Dell a broader converged networking and data center footprint to compete with the HPs and Ciscos of the world, and also an in-house option that goes beyond the OEM relationships it has for networking with Brocade, Juniper and Aruba Networks. Time to describe Dell as a full-fledged networking player.