On The Trail
Cisco Systems did some heavy lifting on the acquisition front in 2015, unveiling its plan to spend billions to buy a total of 10 companies in a variety of markets including software and security.
Although most of the financial terms were not disclosed, the ones that were -- such as Acano for $700 million and OpenDNS for $635 million -- weren't blockbusters compared with Dell's $67 billion planned purchase of EMC. Some analysts and Cisco partners say 2016 will be the year the San Jose, Calif., networking giant makes a big acquisition such as Check Point Software Technologies or Splunk as fast-growing markets such as security continue to expand.
Here are 10 companies that analysts and partners are placing their bets on Cisco buying in 2016.