12 Recent Networking And Infrastructure Deals To Keep An Eye On

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Money Involved: $1.2 billion

Why It Matters: Well, yes. Perhaps the most significant acquisition in the networking and data center space this year -- not only because Nicira was the best-marketed (and some would say, most interesting) of the emerging software-defined networking (SDN) startup but also because Nicira's technology thrusts VMware into networking in a way that will compete head-to-head with Cisco -- is also one of VMware's most important strategic partners. This should be a fun one to watch, especially as Cisco projects like its SDN spin-in Insiemi include features that threaten Cisco's already-strained relationship with VMware and its majority-owner EMC.

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