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The 10 Biggest Cisco News Stories Of 2022 (So Far)

Gina Narcisi

Cisco’s 2022 has been a mixed bag so far, complete with impacts from global supply chain constraints and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, to a reported software megadeal and the company’s software and everything-as-a-service transition moving at full-steam ahead.

1. Cisco Reportedly Interested In Buying Splunk For More Than $20B

In what would be a monster acquisition for the tech giant, Cisco in February reportedly put down a takeover offer for Splunk worth more than $20 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported at the time.

The reported deal would be the largest price tag that Cisco has ever paid for company. A Cisco-Splunk tie-up would combine Cisco’s strength in network security with San Francisco-based Splunk’s strength in data-focused security operations. If the deal went through, it would close gaps in Cisco’s security portfolio and complement its growing observability business, solution providers told CRN in February.

Robbins, for is part, addressed the reports regarding a proposed deal with Splunk during the company’s earnings call later that month.

“We are always disciplined and continue to focus on organic and inorganic opportunities … You should expect us to continue to be very disciplined as we move forward,” Robbins said at the time. “We are constantly evaluating potential opportunities. For every deal we do, we probably look at 10-15 companies. We base our decisions on strategic fit, cultural fit, and equally as important, the financial and evaluation fit.”

 
Gina Narcisi

Gina Narcisi is a senior editor covering the networking and telecom markets for CRN.com. Prior to joining CRN, she covered the networking, unified communications and cloud space for TechTarget. She can be reached at gnarcisi@thechannelcompany.com.

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