Pure Storage (Not A Viable Option)
CEO: Scott Dietzen
Market Cap: $2.24 billion
"Pure Storage is the most obvious name that comes up, but Cisco doesn't need to acquire someone that big," said Kerravala. "While Pure Storage does have a big customer base, Cisco does too -- so the premium they would pay for Pure wouldn't make sense."
Schulz agreed that Cisco would have to pay a steep price for the startup. "Plus, it's a one-trick pony -- it's all flash, only flash -- which is a growing market, but more importantly, Cisco shut down their all flash play in Invicta," he said.